Roberto Valenzuela: Clarity and Light
Photographers often have similar stories about discovering their love for taking pictures when they were young and received a camera from a family member or took a class in high school. Award winning photographer, educator and top selling author Roberto Valenzuela’s career began in high school but in a very different way than one would imagine.
After graduating college with degrees in Economics, Marketing and International Business, Valenzuela took a job as a high school Economics and Finance teacher at his alma mater. During his tenure, President Bush implemented a program to get more high school students excited about attending business school after graduation by awarding grants to high school business teachers. With a $90,000 grant, Valenzuela’s students chose digital photography as their business of choice. “I didn’t know anything about cameras or photography,” Valenzuela admits. “I didn’t even know you could take a lens off a camera.”
Since Valenzuela was soon to be married, he solicited help from his wedding photographer but to no avail. Instead, he and his students studied photography on their own, during class time and after school. And, eventually, Valenzuela quit his tenured position and jumped feet first into wedding photography.
Check out some of Valenzuela’s images and lighting set up in the accompanying photos to see why he’s so enthusiastic about this versatile product that creates “Picture Perfect” lighting.
Our thanks to Roberto for the amazing interview and info on how he achieved status as one of the wedding and portrait industry’s most sought-after photographers. View more of his work on his website, friend him on Facebook, add him on Periscope as @robertophoto and follow him on Instagram and Twitter! For more information on where you can learn from Roberto, take a look at his books available on Amazon and check out the Picture Perfect Practice workshops!