Who is Josie Rodriguez? Can you share a quick bio with us — where you’re from, what you do, and how you got where you are?
Hello! My name is Josie Rodriguez. I am a Mexican-American photographer from sunny California, currently shooting portraits of babes frolicking around flower fields and mountain tops. I spend most of my time exploring the great outdoors and when I’m not doing that I like to stay home and explore the World Wide Web.
Describe your personal style in three words.
COMFORT. OVER. EVERYTHING.
Where do you get your photography inspiration?
I definitely get a lot of my inspiration from my culture, I love surrounding my subjects with loads of color and foliage. Although Frida Kahlo’s media was not photography, she is one of my biggest inspirations.
What piece of advice would you give someone trying to break into the world of photography?
I would tell them to keep an open mind and don’t settle for a “genre” of photography. Experimentation in your art is the best thing you can do. I think people tend to forget that photography is an art because it gets drowned out by the major technological aspects of it.
What are your top three favorite Instagram accounts to follow and why?
@cactusmagazine for my daily fix of plants and succulents.
@helloemilie because her work is such an inspiration and she is such a talented photographer.
Right now I can’t stop taking pictures of…
Flowers!!! I pick flowers on all my hikes and bring them home for props and inspiration. That is my current obsession.
Last place I traveled to was…
Sequoia National Park— It was better than anything I could have possibly imagined. I recently became a National Parks member, so I am very exited for the adventures to come in our nations wonders this summer.
I will never leave my house without…
My blue backpack– I’m definitely a backpack over purse girl, considering I always bring my camera and some props everywhere I go. This backpack is such a trooper.
What’s your mantra?
“Everything I do must visually appeal to me.” Because I’m such a visual person and I am also kind of O.C.D. about a lot of stuff.