Stephanie Rogers began shooting weddings in 2010 shortly after her own wedding. Falling in love with the creative and story-telling aspects of wedding photography, Stephanie began bringing her own unique style to other couples weddings and she hasn't looked back since. Based out of Texas, Stephanie has really up'ed her game since she first picked up a camera back in 2010.
How did you learn photography?
My primary growth in learning photography was through a lot of trial and error. When I first started in 2010, I created a little ad on Craigslist and started to book a couple sessions and weddings. Through that, I started to realize the areas I needed to improve in. Over the years I've crafted my style, editing, and perspective in so many ways. I am very happy with where I am now, even though I am always finding new ways to hone my skill.
What year were the Then pictures taken in?
2010, just shortly after our own wedding in July.
What did you do to better your photography skills?
I worked in retail so I would ask those that I worked with if they would be willing to be photographed as I was trying to improve and learn new things. I would also bring my camera with me whenever I went to visit friends for family so that I could experiment with people I was already comfortable with. The internet was another great source of inspiration; I studied blogs and joined forums to learn new techniques or poses. The more I went out and photographed the more comfortable I was with working with lighting and knowing what works and what doesn't. I never want to become stagnant, so trying new things out always allows for growth and the bettering of my skills.
What is one piece of advise you would give to a new photographer to help them excel in their craft?
Keep shooting, stop getting jealous of everyone around you, and shoot for yourself. You don't get better by sitting on your butt. You won't get better by being sad that your work isn't as great as those you admire. No one gets fantastic over night. Also, the day I stopped shooting to either gain acceptance from other photographers, or show that I could be like them, was the day our business took the turn I had been waiting for it to take. You are a photographer which makes you an artist. Create for you and in return you will get those clients who appreciate your work and want you to photograph them. So practice, practice, practice. :)
Check out more amazing images from Stephanie below.