How did you get started? Tell us your story!
Hey my name is Cameron Rodriguez. Ever since I was a kid when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I always said photographer. I had to draw a self-portrait in my fifth grade art class of where I would be in ten years (I’m a terrible drawer) and I drew myself with a camera around my neck. I’d take my mom's old polaroids and just shoot whatever was around me. I picked up my first real camera my sophomore year of high school. I took every opportunity I could to shoot back then. Some of my band mates would go to the back of the parking lot and let me take pictures of them. I was the lighting designer for all my schools productions so I would shoot pictures and videos of the plays, musicals, dance concerts, assemblies, etc. I’d just have my camera with me just because.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I started my musical journey in elementary school as well. It was something my heart always loved. I played the violin from elementary school until my freshman year of high school, then I switched to band. They had the ‘umph’ I needed. I played French horn all four years and attended Tennessee State University on a band scholarship. I love the instrumentation in music. That’s what I pay attention to the most. Being that I played French horn, we were always the support for the melody. Meaning we weren’t the ones all in your face, more like the background singers. And that made me appreciate all the details that’s really going in music, listening to all the parts. All the background melodies, chords, adlibs and parts folks really don’t notice is what I’m looking for. After I left, my music career stopped. I’m honestly really eager to get back in the game and teach myself some new instruments and the production side of music because that’s something that’s always going to have a place in my heart and I’m the type that wants to do it all. High school really made me appreciate music 7 times more than I already did; being able to really be a part of it and contribute to the beauty. What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I’ve been shooting for a few years but I’m not a community shooter. I shoot with people I have more intimate relationships with whether it’s close friends, family or my girlfriend. Not too say that I’m not open to working with new faces and new people; I’m just awkward. I’ve just recently started to get my face card right in our city. Shooting at events like Creative Hustle, Lotus Rosery, Playlist Academy, Studio 37 & wherever else I find myself at supporting the underground music scene.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced in this industry is a lack of resources. I’m not sure how many times my computer broke and I had to work off my phone and iPad. I still to this day work off my phone and iPad most times because my computer is once again, broke. I’m not gonna lie, social media frustrates me sometimes because it’s like we all have to keep up with creating and posting new content and if you can’t you’re just ass’d out. So many folks are creative in so many ways; it’s like damn how can I even keep up? But over the years I’ve learned that I can’t be mad; that it’s not all so simple for me. I just have to make things shake with what I got and it seems to have got me here. What are some of your goals this year?
Few goals of mine is to create, sustain & be at peace.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I really want to work with every photographer and videographer in Atlanta. I see such great content down my timeline all day it’s really inspiring.
Who are your favorite directors? Who do you want to do a music video with?
Tyler the Creator
I’d cry if I got a chance to work with these people.
What kind of equipment do you have and why?
I have a Canon T5. My very first cam my mom got me for Christmas one year. I’ve been looking to get a new one soon though. What is your creative process like?
My creative process is a hourly process. Going from the SD card to a computer then off a computer onto either my own computer (if I have one) or my iPad or my phone is like a two hour process alone. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so when I edit my work it’s a lot of staring at a screen and not moving anything but my fingers, undoing and redoing, switching from different devices and a whole bunch of extraness. Most of the times the final product is still not exactly how I want it.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
I love tacos.