Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Rogers.
Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love of photography started as a child, notably when I got my first camera for my 9th birthday. I would spend my allowance every week on film and have it developed at the drug store. I would hang sheets in my basement and use them as backdrops and dress my pets in doll clothes and bribe them with treats so I could take their photos. I always had a camera with me when I went to school dances and parties. As a teen, I fell in love with video, forgoing my film camera for a camcorder. My friends and I made hilarious films every weekend and spent hours planning our next comedy. Photography was always in my heart, though, and I took some film photography classes in high school. That’s when I learned about the exposure triangle, how to roll and develop my own film and print my work.
I lost touch with Photography for a while in early adulthood, though it would always make its way back into my life from time to time. It was when I had my children that I really started taking photography seriously. My daughters inspire me to capture as many memories as I can, and to keep learning and growing as an artist. I made the decision to quit my job as a medical assistant to stay home with my children, and during that transition, I devoted myself to learning and growing as a photographer as much as possible. I also starting photographing other families, and I decided to turn my passion into a business. I started photographing children and quickly fell in love with newborn photography. I invested a lot of time into learning safe posing, soothing techniques, and studio lighting. Over the summer I took an in-person working with Ana Brandt, an amazing newborn photographer who travels the world teaching other photographers. I gained so much knowledge through that experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live my dream, while still being able to spend as much time as I can with my family.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the biggest struggles for me has been believing in myself. I struggle with imposter syndrome, and I often question if I’m good enough. I’ve learned that the memories that I am capturing for families are valuable, but so is my time, experience and knowledge. I will never stop learning, growing and trying to better myself as a photographer. In order for me to do that, I have realized that I need to stop comparing myself to other photographers and to create the kind of art that I want to create, not just what’s popular or in style.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ashley Rogers Photography – what should we know?
I am a portrait photographer, specializing in Maternity and Newborn through the first year. I also photograph families and high school senior portraits. I love to customize my newborn sessions based on things I know about the parents/family and I try to use colors that they use to decorate their nursery or home. For one of my newborn sessions, I had a family who was into hunting, so I used some of their deer antlers and camouflage gear. I have also incorporated Mom’s wedding dress, and other items significant to my client’s families. I’m always looking to add a personal touch that makes the clients love their photos that much more.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think my love for what I do keeps me going. I am constantly inspired, and I have so many ideas floating around in my head about what I want to do next. I love being challenged and I think that has helped me immensely not only in business but in my art as well.
- Newborn Sessions start at $500
- Portrait Sessions (maternity, family, baby milestones) start at $250
- Website: www.ashleyrphotos.com
- Phone: (413)775-3029
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @ashleyr.photos
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/ashleyrphoto