Our job as photographers, directors, and narrators is to tell a story.
There are 2 key elements to storytelling in my opinion.
- A story is only as good as it’s characters.
- A story can only have meaning if it comes through in an authentic way.
During my time working with Beef Loving Texans, I came across Vianney Rodriguez. Vianney is a food blogger, recipe developer, a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, a teacher and a carpooler. She is also a first generation Mexican-American.
It was our job as the production team to tell Vianney’s story.
During the making of this video, Vianney’s true stories came through. She talked about the importance of taco night – a seemingly normal tradition, but it came through to be so much more than just that. For her, taco night is a time to bring the family together and to really transcend her stories, memories, and traditions to her children. It’s a sacred time to get together and let everything else fade away.
Vianney says, “Eating dinner as a family, to me, is one of the most important things – It’s a great way to stay connected … Once taco night comes and everybody is in the house – ya no eres mama, ya no eres wife, no estas trabajando – you’re just Vianney.”
You are no longer just a mom or a wife and you are not working. You are just there, being.
You’re enjoying food with family. Everybody’s at the table and everybody’s having a great time.
It’s a pleasure to work alongside people that you can connect with on a personal level. The producer for the set was a good friend of mine, Mando Rayo. Mando has a way of attracting and connect with real individuals to bring them together to tell compelling and authentic stories.
For me, that makes all of the difference: real people, real stories.
Take a look into the story of Vianney Rodriguez.