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Photography: Captured by Leslie

Leslie Rodriguez - 'bride and the band'Leslie Rodriguez photography portfolio.

“Hello! Thanks so much for visiting my photography page. I grew up in Louisville, KY (where I was known as Leslie McClure) and currently reside in Nashville, TN with my husband Javier Rodríguez. Javier and I work as a team to provide the best photography service available… As you might have guessed, I’m the primary photographer, but we often work together to capture events from as many angles as possible. Besides occasionally manning the camera, Javier is the business guru who does a lot of work behind the scenes.”

I don’t really ‘do’ weddings, but strangely I do know a few wedding photographers, and keep finding more – like Leslie Rodriguez – whose range goes way beyond veils and layered cakes. That’s not to dismiss shots like ‘the bride and the band’ (my title, Leslie doesn’t title them on the site). That’s pure joy.

Take a browse through the Rodriguez portfolio and you will find some great creative takes on the Big Day.

Leslie Rodriguez - 'back of the venue'‘Back of the Venue’: wedding photos are all lush gardens, soft sunshine and a rosy glow filter over the lens. Leslie can do those. But what do you do when you have none of the above? Go out back of the venue and find a spot. Shoot in strong colours around those bold blue dresses.

Leslie Rodriguez - 'bride on the bridge'‘Bride on the Bridge’: there are hundreds of bridges like this one across America, a solid, blue-collar engineering triumph of function over form. The setting for a wedding shot – the bride and bridesmaids? Is it the contrast of soft and hard? The abstract form the bridge takes on, framing the shot? Never was a steel bridge so right.

Leslie Rodriguez - 'kissing on a cab'‘Kissing on a cab’: just a bland yellow cab under a gloomy station forecourt. With a couple kissing. Bam! It’s a sexy shot that begs for a big billboard and an expensive, branded product placement in a corner.

Leslie Rodriguez - 'portrait in a cafe'‘Portrait in a cafe’: – I don’t know who they are, but they’re looking good together. We know nothing and it’s fun to speculate. Mature people, you assume to be a couple. Been together long? Or finding renewed vigour with someone new? It doesn’t matter. There’s a connection. You wish them well.

Leslie Rodriguez - 'Leslie with dog'Finally, something playful – Leslie with her dog. Do take the time to look over the portfolio, there’s so much more here, and so many favourites, I could only show a random selection. RC

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


2 thoughts on “Photography: Captured by Leslie

  1. I have read several good stuff here. Fantastic informative site.

    Posted by Martie Lubbers | Jul 6, 2012, 10:49 am
  2. very good article! thanks!

    Posted by Carla Cardilli | Jul 18, 2012, 12:19 am

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