|Rolando Gomez, a professional photographer, writer, author, executive producer and electronic media consultant, earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, summa cum laude, 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, a million-dollar plus, annual operation. At the time of the release of this book, he had over 110,000 followers on his “verified by Twitter” account and a Klout score of 82.The Dept. of Defense selected Gomez 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. One of the original 30, Lexar Elite photographers, he transitioned from combat photography to glamour photography in 1999 and is still a freelance photojournalist. He also stars in the upcoming reality television show, Lens Diaries.|
In the past 14 years, he’s conducted over 600 seminars and workshops 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.
Over the course of his career, Gomez traveled to 40 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. Gomez also served as the personal photographer for Gen. George A. Joulwan for four years, both in Europe and Central America.
The subject of the September 2006 Rangefinder cover story, “Mysteries of Lighting,” Gomez has lectured at the annual Photo Plus Expo in Manhattan from 2004-2010, both as a Lighting Master and on Internet Strategies and Guerilla Marketing. He is the author of five, photography books, co-authored a sixth, and his seventh book, "Socially Smart, Twitter Plus Facebook, Marketing Multiplies and Brand Boosters."
He's also featured in four other books by authors Michelle Perkins, Jack Watson and Marsha Collier.
Partial credits include Maloof Sports and Entertainment, Studio Photography (featured photographer, writer, and contributing editor), Parade (cover story, with Eddie Adams), People, New York Times, Stars & Stripes, Playboy, Maxim, Sports Illustrated, Airman, Soldiers, PhotoInsider, Visao (Portugal Weekly News Magazine, feature story on Photographic Therapy), PMA Daily, Rangefinder (cover story), Leica World News (feature story), Digital Imaging, St. Martin’s Press, Peterson’s 4-Wheel Drive, Keller Crescent Advertising Agency, Netscape.com, AOL/Time Warner, Evan Williams Bourbon, San Antonio Express News, La Prensa, South Texas Reporter, PhotoMedia, Shutterbug, Photo District News, D-Pixx (cover story, European), Zoom NL, Photographie, PROFIFTOTO, fotoMAGAZIN, FOTO-VIDEO DIGITAAL, Camera Magazine, and numerous other publications.
Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, summa cum laude (4.0 GPA), from the University of Texas, San Antonio 2001 and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Philips College, San Antonio. Gomez is also a State of Texas Certified Mediator in Conflict Resolution.
The U.S. Army Advanced Photojournalism Course from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. In addition he attended the Army’s Intermediate Photojournalism Course at Ft. Benjamin Harrison; Multimedia Managers Course at Defense Information School, Ft. Meade; Dept. of Defense World-Wide Combat Camera Workshop, Ft. Meade; Primary Leadership Development Course with the 3rd Armored Division, Butzbach Germany and the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver Colorado.
Gomez’s military awards include the Department of Defense’s Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Haiti Invasion), Southwest Asia Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Overseas Ribbon (2 awards). U.S. Army qualification badges include the rifle, pistol, bayonet and grenade. Gomez also earned the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency, the German Schutzenschnur (shooting expert) medal in bronze from the German Army in Koblenz, Germany.
8th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Mainz, Germany 5th Corps Headquarters, Special Troops Battalion, Frankfurt Germany United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Panama City, Panama Air Force News Agency, San Antonio, Texas (both active-duty, U.S. Army soldier and Air Force civilian employee, GS-12)
*Sources for this bio include personal knowledge and the following source list (link).