Venezuelan cinematographer, Reinaldo Ortiz, has longtime developed shining picturesque moments of A-list Latinx musicians. From Daddy Yankee, Cardi B, Maluma, to Ozuna — his direction on photography is curated to each chart-toppers’ vision and distributed globally for fans to enjoy.

“I am now expanding across mediums. My favorite place to be is on a film set. It is where my heart feels fullest,” Ortiz explained. Recently hitting his 100th music video mark, the storyteller credits visionaries such as Eif Rivera, Fernando Lugo, Joaquin Cambre, JP Valencia, and Juan Chappa for inspiration. These well-established directors, like himself, marry their affinity to their heritage with impactful visuals. Additionally, they are some of the behind-the-scenes figures with whom Ortiz began his career with and still collaborates with for artists, to include: Sebastian Yatra, Chino & Nacho, Romeo Santos, and Reik.

“There is so much to look forward to. Every job is unique! All of them allowed me to grow, not only as director of photography but as a human being,” he affirmed. The Knockturnal caught up with Reinaldo Ortiz after his time on the “You Stay” audiovisual with DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Lil Baby, and Jeremih, to discuss what fuels his passion projects. Get to know the gentleman, scholar, and cinematographer to boot in his words below.

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