My name is Luis Roldan. I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in Albany, NY. I offer photographic services specializing in event and portraiture to the Hudson Valley and Capital District  including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga and beyond. I also offer scalable workshops aimed at beginner and amateur photographers who wish to learn not only how to take photos but how to use their camera as a storytelling tool.

I got my interest in photography from an early age. Coming from an immigrant family and a humble neighborhood in New York City, I frequently saw many scenes of intense irony between a rich and poor culture amidst dramatic sceneries of international influences. There were countless stories to be told and I developed a passion for telling them. I ended up pursuing a formal education in photojournalism and after much gained knowledge and experience, I set out on my own to use this approach to not only document moments and events, but to tell stories.

It takes a long time to master the perfect exposure, but it takes even longer to learn to think BEYOND the exposure; to use a photo to tell a story. THAT’S the true art of photojournalism and I take it with me on every assignment. Whether it’s the first kiss before a junior prom or the first kiss between husband and wife, storytelling makes all the difference.

One of the biggest reasons I decided to start a business is to have a great way to combine two things I love doing. The first being photography, and the second being philanthropy. Through Found Photo, I hope to develop successful and reliable charitable donation efforts from profits to various charities in fields such as research, emergency assistance, housing charities and animal advocacy.

I hope that together we can not only preserve our stories of new beginnings but also help create a story of new beginnings for others in our communities as well.