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Iru Magazine - Star Rodriguez


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Female photographers are a rare commodity. As with most professions the dominating gender has historically been male, glamour photography is no exception. In an industry in which women are often over sexualized and objectified by men who are all too eager to be in the presence of a beautiful woman, much less take a picture of her, glamour photography has been defined as:

“Easily one of the most vilified and stigma’d genres in photography, and the one genre that provokes the most ire from its critics. Difficult to define and even harder to describe to someone accurately, one could also argue that it's the one photography category with the most people, mostly men, who are involved "for all the wrong reasons". In short, some people loathe glamour photography,” (Batista, 2014).

Glamour photography has earned a bad reputation from the vast amount of questionable photographers out there.What makes these photographers questionable is their intentions; many of these photographers do not intend to make art, but merely wish to gain access to beautiful women and enjoy a few casual coital encounters along the way.

That is why Star Rodriguez, the owner and operator of Make a Wish Star Photography, has gained notoriety as a glamour and fashion photographer in the New York scene. Formerly a model herself, Star has now switched to the other side of the camera. I asked Star if she felt this gave her an understanding of modeling which most photographers lack, she responded:

“I understand more about angles and positioning, and I can tell when a girl is comfortable and when she needs to relax. Body language is key, you have to know the right way to pose to get a good picture, and you never want to give everything away.”

Star went on to emphasize her stance role as a photographer:

“It’s not about me, when these girls come to my studio the experience is about them, one-hundred and ten percent. The girls don’t have to do anything and I want to give them everything, all they have to do is show up. I give them a celebrity experience for a day, I do their hair, makeup, coordinate outfits, fix the lights, I do it all. I want the girls to feel beautiful and see themselves in a way they never have before.”

I asked Star to describe her artistic process, and elaborate on how she develops themes for shoots she described to me how her inspiration comes from her interaction with the model face to face:

“It all comes together when they get here. That’s why I always look for girls to shoot who look as natural as possible, I prefer to start with a blank canvas. People look different on Instagram and in person, so even when I’m going through model submission, I look for natural beauty. Also, I wonder what the model would be comfortable with. The more comfortable they are the more I have room to play.”

Star is an exceptional photographer not only because she is a prominent force in an industry dominated by men, but because it is her goal to help women see the beauty within themselves in a way they’ve never seen it before.



Reference:

Batista, N. Wait, What is Glamour Photography Again? 2014. Retrieved from:https://fstoppers.com/commercial/wait-glamour-photography-what-exactly-34724


Aisha Marie Sho @Shaka_Sho

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