|Jessica & Van Gogh|
I am more than happy to share this Q&A with the awesome equestrian photographer Jessica Rodrigues. Jessica caught my eye when I started seeing her photos at RB Presse’s Instagram and, to be honest, when I saw the Portuguese name I immediately fangirled and used my stalker skills to find out if she was Portuguese…and she really is. =)
I read that when you started working at RB Presse you didn’t know anything about the equestrian sport. How did your adventure in this world start?
Yes, it’s true. I began with an internship at RB Presse which was supposed to be only for six months and here I am, 7 years later! It’s kind of a happy coincidence that I work in the equestrian world as I have ever been attached to horses but not so much as professionally as I’m today. I ride a little bit since I was younger, I always liked horses even though I never was interested in equestrian sports. One of my best friends, who happened to be my roommate when I studied communication in Paris, was and still is a good rider (Clara Darty), she was every week-end in competition and I went to see her a couple times at the CSI of Chantilly, my only international showjumping experience before RB Presse!
Do you ride or have you ever ridden?
I often rode when I was younger, even in very little showjumping competitions. Now it’s time to time when I have the chance, just for pleasure.
This book exists because of the incredible story of the French team in Rio. It was so emotionally intense, I wanted every moment to be remembered. When I came back in France, I received some messages of people who told me I should make a book with all my pictures of Rio. I was tempted but I couldn’t do it on my own. Luckily, I had a meeting with an editor, Lavauzelle, in September, for another topic but this idea came on the table… it was a good timing.
When I’m not working on a show, I’m at the office, a wonderful place in the Great Stables of Chantilly. During these days, I work in the press relations and communication for our equestrian events, and riders as Simon Delestre, also for the TV channel Equidia or for equestrian shows at the Horse Museum of Chantilly. I mostly work on my MacBook Pro who became one of my best friends during times! I work on photos, press releases, social medias, websites etc….