Nashville-based artist Ed Rode has over 35 years of experience behind the camera and in front of a canvas.
His work has appeared in many national magazines. His many corporate clients include Jack Daniels, Bridgestone, Martha White, Dave and Busters. He served as chief photographer and photo editor for Sports Nashville magazine and his shots grace the covers of many of today’s top country-music publications and albums.
He has photographed every President since Ronald Reagan. He was the first photographer whose work was showcased at the Bluebird Café, a Nashville hotspot with a reputation worldwide for presenting the best original country and acoustic music. Recently his “Nashville Songwriter/Musician” portraits have greeted visitors in the Nashville International Airport, Sony Tree Music and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“My career has blessed me with the opportunities not only to meet and photograph many inspiring people, but also to capture some amazing moments of time and place."
While he has “lensed” practically all of the most famous faces in Nashville, Ed considers himself a go-anywhere, shoot-anything photographer.
With camera-in-hand since 1979, Ed began his career in photography as a high school student in Michigan, where he participated in a photojournalism mentoring program. After earning a business degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, he returned to school for a masters degree in Photo Communications from Ohio University. In 1990, he became a staff photographer for the Nashville Banner, where he spent five years photographing everything from sports to business, news, fashion to entertainment. Ed was awarded the “Photographer of the Year Award” three years in a row.
While doing so, Ed met Middle Tennessee’s most important movers and shakers, and by 1995 left the Banner and opened his own studio.
Being a musician himself, music has always played an important role in his life.
“Living in Nashville has given me the opportunity to “hang out” with some of the best musical talent in the world.
They call Nashville the 'Third Coast' for a reason… it rivals L.A. and New York in its great musical heritage.
You never know who you are going to run into around the corner, or leaving a recording studio, or even shopping at Kroger!
From great songwriters, musicians, Icons, personalities Nashville is the place to be for me...”