Rocky F. Photography

Rocky F. Photography

5.0 (4)
5 hires on
16 years in business

About this pro

I've been doing photography for decades.  I'm a member of Professional photographers of America (PPA) and a member of Professional photographers of California (PPC). Merit award winner for Nyna Rose Photo-PPC. I am a portrait photographer and I provide workshops for beginners and hobbyist to aspiring professional photographers. Website is

I love photography and I love to produce photos that bring joy to people.  Photography is a passion for me.  I am a student and a teacher of photography.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and I enjoy watching people grow in photography.  Photography is very rewarding and can be to anyone who takes the time and effort to learn it. 

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Long Beach, CA 90802
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4 Reviews


  • Juan Baez

    Easy going and very detailed

  • Rhonda Jefferson

    Rocky is great at explaining the process and is very patient. He is very engaging and has a great personality. He is very easy to work with and I look forward to learning how to take great pictures with him. Rhonda

  • Jane Ollard

    I’m an absolute beginner and Rocky was so patient and informative. Great experience !!

  • Ayo A.

    If you want to stop taking bad pictures and shorten your learning curves contact Rocky now! My ability to take better photographs with the same camera improved dramatically after taken the first lesson. Rocky knows photography and he’s a very passionate trainer. He’ll make sure you understand how to get good images out of your camera. Thanks Rocky for inspiring me to tell stories with pictures.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Usually done within a workshop but if your need is a 'One on one,' we still have it at a park. Usually El Dorado park in Long Beach. This is due to it having a lake and a water fountain.  This is all needed in learning how to deal with motion and there are  some lighting challenges. Very beautiful, relaxing and the lesson is full of information.   

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a member of Professional photographers of America (PPA) and Professional photographers of California (PPC).  I have attended West Coast school for professional photographers 3 times once on scholarship.  I have attended numerous advanced workshops and continue to learn.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My workshops are generally $25 and are usually 2 to 2 1/2 hours long.  "One on one's,' or private sessions are usually $59 a session and can vary in time depending on the individual need.  Also, if you attend my workshop or take in a private session you will be able to email me or at times text me on an ongoing basis about photography.  I do that because there is a lot of information given and we don't always retain everything.  

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching photography as a way to give back.  I was taught photography as a youngster and always said that I would teach it as soon as I was able.  I mentored photographers who are hobbyist and photographers who became professional.  I am proud and honored to teach photography.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginner photographers to advanced/pro photographers.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have provided the Long Beach Police department with wall photos of there guys in action.  The photos are on the walls in the West Division and thru out the South Division headquarters. The city of Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department have used my photos for there website and recruiting brochures.  I have provided the Long Beach Holiday Inn Hotel with photos for there brochures as well as other businesses. I have also provided Redondo Beach Police Department officers with a slew of old style photos for there personal collection. Several Long Beach Police officers have been thru my beginner's workshop with more attending in the future.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

As a student of photography, you want an instructor who will make sure you have the basic knowledge of photography first.  If you don't know the basics of photography and try to move on to advanced lighting, for example, you will more than likely get frustrated and possible quit.  That would be an injustice.  Your instructor has to be willing to make sure you have a sound basic understanding of photography before you move unto more advanced photography.  Photography is a process and the rewards are amazing.  The more you know the more fun it gets.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I believe the main question a student should think of before searching for an instuctor is, "What do I want to get out of the photography?"  After the student confidently understands the basics of photography then the student should look to what got them interested in photography.  Maybe they saw a portrait photo shoot and they were intrigued.  Maybe it was the beutiful landscape that they past while driving or on vacation, maybe it's a family thing or maybe it was to make money on the side.  Whatever the need, the student should first have a good understainding of basic photography then move on.  

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