Reuben Hernandez – About
With a unique aesthetic that often integrates lively time-lapse photography and vintage film stock into his wedding narratives, Reuben Hernandez is a storyteller who appreciates both digital and film formats.
Reuben began making films at an early age. An avid skateboarder who grew up in the Southern California skate scene, he and his friends would document their own skateboard tricks and edit them together into films. He developed his photographic abilities later on, most notably during a Pepperdine University study-abroad program in Florence, Italy, where he attentively documented every aspect of his travels. This set the tone for a lifetime of photojournalistic explorations that has taken Reuben to all 7 continents and nearly 40 countries throughout the world, with extended stays in Spain, Argentina, Japan, France, Australia, and Antarctica.
“It was a natural progression to go from photo back to video,” says Reuben, who first used the video capability of his DSLR camera to document a 2008 trip to El Salvador and a 2009 trip to Ecuador with the nonprofit OneSight, which sets up clinics in communities that don’t have access to eye care. Filming and photographing people who were able to see clearly for the first time in their lives proved pivotal. “I realized I wanted to do work that was more meaningful and connected to humanity,” he said. The experience inspired him to leave his job in international sales to travel the world for nine months and then move to New York to pursue his career in film.
Reuben was recently named one of the “20 Emerging Artists to Watch in Film and Video” by PDN and Rangefinder Magazine. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel and has also premiered at Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival. He was the director of photography for Exposed, an award winning documentary film series about tuberculosis that was filmed around the world and screened at the UN. Reuben was a Photographer in Residence onboard the M/S Expedition ship in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and freelances for The New York Times. He recently wrote, directed, and produced his first narrative film, Maddie, that premiered in competition at the 2017 New York Shorts International Film Festival, the sister festival to the Academy Award accredited La Shorts Fest.