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

Hi Ashley, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Growing up, I’ve always looked at things in a “picture” way. “Oh this would be a great picture, that should be in a magazine”. My uncle, gave me my very first point and shoot camera. I was SO excited and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had just had a baby, 2 months at the time. Our bodies change, and mine happened to change quiet a bit. I decided I wanted to Im power other woman to love their bodies. I eventually decided I wanted to do families, and since then, it’s only been up from there!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art to me, is timeless. Timeless images, timeless moments. This is a time stilled moment that you can never go back to. Making sure that it is the most perfect, the most fun, or whatever you want it to be, happens. Being a woman of color, and young, people seem to not take me serious. getting clients, getting deals, was and sometimes is hard. But being humble, I continue working hard x2, to be where I am at. So it has not been an easy road, but it’s been successful.

For my current and future entrepreneurs, If you have a dream, chase it. Your dreams won’t chase you back. Life will knock you down over and over but get right back up and work 10x harder.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I probably will take them to some hikes, some great food down in boulder, and a night out downtown. Give them a little city + country vibes!

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?
My parents have always been there to support my dreams in every way possible. From helping me with my two little babies, to helping me with anything business wise. Also, my husband for always supporting my dreams, and being a huge supporter. He is always there for comfort and loving words when things are stressful.

Website: www.ashleyrodriguezphoto.com

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/ashleyrodriguezphoto

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ashleyrodriguezphoto

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