We had the good fortune of connecting with Tere Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tere, what value or principle matters most to you? Why?
Culturally, the main principle I follow and have followed since childhood is respect. If you’re good to me, I’ll be good to you. I don’t take sides in a conflict if it doesn’t affect me personally. I keep to myself and I mind my business. I’m not God. Therefore I have no right to judge anyone. Respect is something I believe this young generation is lacking and it needs to be reintroduced. If my photography can help with that, then I’m happy to do so.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve been such a fan of photography since I was a young teenager. Specifically documentary/journalism. Biggest inspirations I’ve had are, Graciela Iturbide, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Nacho Lopez, Pedro Meyer, Rodrigo Moya, Juan Guzman and many more. All it took was one film camera, one snap, and the rest is history. I didn’t realize that there was such competition until more recently with photography. One specific challenge I have witnessed and came across was the male dominance when it came to photography. When people see my work on social media they love it, and once they meet me in person they seem so surprised to see that I’m a female. Like, “Oh you took those pictures?” Why is that such a shock? I’m still baffled by it. Is it really that hard to believe that a woman, a Mexican woman at that, can capture amazing images?

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Obviously the first thing Id do is take them for some street tacos in the San Fernando Valley or even in LA. Thats always a must. After that theres crashing friends photoshoots or driving by the lowrider cruises. Then we can come back and go for some fun at Six Flags since its just by where I live.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Biggest shoutout will go to my family. My husband, Omar. My three sons, Diego, Miguel and Armando. But I also want to shoutout all my friends who have become like family to me. Every single person that I have photographed, every person that has given me the opportunity to hang out with them, and everyone that has entered my life recently, I thank you all.

Instagram: @photorebel82
Facebook: Terè Ruelas Rodríguez
Youtube: Teresa Rodriguez

Image Credits
@tiinaliix_ @stellarrenee_foto @linda_belinda77

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