Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Rogers.
Hi Christina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started taking photography classes in high school, but my mother has a photo of me with a camera in hand when I was two years old. I moved to San Diego in 2007 from Wisconsin and never looked back. Throughout the 14 years I have been here, I have done photography as a side job, spending most of my life behind a desk, working for a financial company.
I knew something wasn’t right, but I was too afraid to strike out on my own for so long. Finally, I got the courage to take the leap and open my own studio. We converted a garage covered in graffiti, full of trash and even old needles into the beautiful studio it is today. It was weeks of hard labor, but it was a labor of love.
Fast forward a few months, and I have finally paid the overhead on the studio with money from photography gigs. Now I just need to continue to do so 🙂
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Right when I started my path as a full entrepreneur, Covid hit in full force. Between that and scrubbing floors, sanding wood, painting, and repainting, I have been emptying my piggy bank a lot faster than intended.
Currently, the struggle is to get clients through the door. Prospects often want to haggle over pricing now that everyone has an iPhone; and San Diego is full of amateur photographers that are willing to take a pay cut just to add to their portfolio.
So the main emotional struggles have boiled down to two things: 1. My agreement/relationship with money, 2. Learning to decouple productivity from self-worth. In other words, I am having to fine, and define my voice, what I’m offering, and its true value, regardless of others’ opinions.
This is something I am still working on, day by day.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
While I have experience of all kinds, I have found that intimate portraits are my favorite. I relish the ability to capture a pure moment and present it to my clients for them to treasure forever. That is what lights me up. Especially when they see themselves in a new light.
I love nothing more than to show someone how beautiful they already are and how everyone else already sees them; to change their perspective on themselves, even for just a moment at a time.
For that reason, I have been focusing on boudoir, couples, creative, and maternity sessions. We even created a mermaid pool in May, and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to help others bring their visions to life.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Joining networking groups for other entrepreneurs has offered me a lot of support. Even in just in the vein of “we’re going through this too.” It can be as easy as searching Meetup or Facebook for your industry type and finding groups of people learning with each other about your subject.
Taking classes and having sessions with mentors can be priceless since they have already been through the ringer and come out the other side. I found many of my favorite mentors on YouTube, again simply by spending the time to search for what I wanted to learn and then sticking with whomever felt right for me and my style of learning.
And lastly, affirmations. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true. Repetitive mantras used over and over again. By introducing these thoughts on purpose, frequently, it can help fight off some of the doubts and dark shadows.
- Boudoir $495 Session Fee
- Couples (Non-Engagement) $695 Session Fee
- Maternity $495 Session Fee
- Family/Pet $595 Session Fee
- Studio Rental $55/hr (for other photographers/creatives)
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://christinarogersphotography.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinarogersphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinarogersphoto
- Other: http://staganddoeintimates.com/