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Defying the Odds

Roberto Valenzuela, Kenna Klosterman

Defying the Odds

Roberto Valenzuela, Kenna Klosterman

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Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and creative industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

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In this episode, we talk to Roberto about growing up in Mexico City and moving to the U.S. under challenging circumstances, learn about Roberto's early life as an immigrant. Hear how Roberto defied the odds winning one of the fiercest competitions for the top politically-savvy students in Arizona state and then the country - Boys State and Boys Nation. Find out what motivated Roberto to overcome adversity every step of the way in his life and career.


Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer, author, educator, and a Canon Explorer of Light. He was commissioned by Canon to shoot global campaigns for the new Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 mirrorless systems, and PRO-300. Roberto’s book trilogy Picture Perfect Practice, Picture Perfect Posing, and Picture Perfect Lighting have become staples in the photography industry. His new book series Wedding Storyteller Vol. 1 and 2 are the top-selling wedding photography books in history. Roberto has been nominated by his peers as one of the ten most influential photographers and educators in the world. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer.

Ratings and Reviews

Vicki Kurasz

Wow. I don't think you can top this excellent interview. We already loved Roberto, now we love him even more.

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