Rodrigo Mendez begun his career as a photojournalist working in conflict zones for the Associated Press for much of the 90's. By Y2K he begun a gradual switch to fashion and commercial studio work doing apprenticeships for well-known photographers from New York, Miami and Puerto Rico. Aside from commercial work he loves working with brides doing destination weddings and showcases his passion for food working with well known brands at a national level.
The best thing about being a photographer is that you get to see the world in a different way. Not just look at it differently but doors are opened for you to see and have access that other people don't have BECAUSE you are a photographer. It's one thing to go and see the Kentucky Derby. It's another to shoot it from behind the scenes or even on the turf itself!
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
You name it, I have shot it. What makes me good at what I do is that I take the time to listen carefully to my clients and understand where they are coming from and where they want to go. I'm meticulous in my planning so when I show up I have a very good plan of what I'm going to do - but I also leave myself plenty of room to be spontaneous and creative. That's when the good stuff happens. When I surprise both myself and my client with something unique and unexpected.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Photographers Association of America and the Editor's Choice Award for published work by Photo.com.
In 2006, my work was inducted into the International Library of Photography.
The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi National Award for feature photography for work in Syria and Lebanon in 1996.
A fun fact about this photographer
I have seen the band U2 perform in 9 different countries!