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Rolando Gomez, www.AmericanoDream.com, www.SocialSmartness.com, www.RolandoGomez.com, www.RolandoGomez.net, and www.LensDiaries.com, has conducted over 600 seminars in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Canada. U.S. venues include Photo Plus Expo in New York, Samy's Camera, Julia Dean Photo School and Photo Imaging & Design Expo in Calif., The University of Texas, The University of the Virgin Islands, The University of Calgary, FotoFusion and the Palm Beach Photographic Center. Follow him on his verified account, twitter.com/rolandogomez
Gomez earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, summa cum laude (4.0 GPA), from the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 2001. He is the former Chief of Multimedia Production for the Air Force News Agency where he oversaw the photography, radio and television products for the U.S. Air Force website, www.af.mil. The Dept. of Defense selected him in 1994 as one of the "Top Five" military combat photographers worldwide. He later transitioned to glamour and fashion photography after leaving a combined 17-years of Federal service.
Gomez is an advocate for the power of photography to help build or rebuild self-esteem and offers his his fifth book, "Photographic Therapy--The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem" for free at http://www.AmericanoDream.com
Author Michelle Perkins includes and entire chapter on Gomez in each of her books, Professional Portrait Lighting: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers and Professional Portrait Posing: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers. His images and biography are also featured in Perkins', 500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers. Gomez also wrote the forward for Jack Watson's glamour photography book, and is featured in Marsha Collier's customer service book by Wiley Press.
Over the course of his career, Gomez traveled to 41 countries to cover feature stories including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Olympics, the 1996 Presidential Inauguration, Desert Storm, the signing of the Peace Accords in El Salvador, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Northern Watch in Turkey and the 1994 Rwandan refugee crisis in Africa. In 1993, as a "buck sergeant," he was awarded the Department of Defense's Meritorious Service Medal for documenting the drug war in Central and South America, a 26 month assignment.
Partial credits include Parade (cover story w/Eddie Adams), People, New York Times, Maloof Sports & Entertainment, Sacramento Kings, Playboy, Rangefinder (cover story), Maxim, Sports Illustrated, St. Martin's Press, NBA, Amherst Media, Studio Photography, Digital Imaging, Peterson's 4-Wheel Drive, Stars & Stripes, Army Times, Airman, Soldiers, San Antonio Express News, Evan Williams Bourbon, AOL/Time Warner, PMA Daily, Leica World News, Shutterbug, Photo Media, D-Pixx (cover story), Zoom NL, Photographie, PROFIFTOTO, fotoMAGAZIN, FOTO-VIDEO DIGITAAL, Camera Magazine, and many nationwide newspapers.