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The Narrative Society: Educator Interview with Jenny Rogers

Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

Not really.  Creating art has always been a constant in my life.  There was a point in my mid 20s where I thought I needed a career that was “traditional.”  After about 6 years I was bored and in a way felt stunted.  I think once I stepped away from choosing a career that was safe and let myself truly do what I love – that’s when I knew.

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Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?

I try really hard to document my kids in their own environment without disturbing their lives.  I think by stepping back and going along with their free time it keeps it interesting.  Their minds and imagination is beyond anything I could ever dream up.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

End of the day watching my girls run free.

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Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?

I find a lot of my inspiration through nature – shadows, light, seasons, fog, etc. I also find a lot of inspiration while listening to music, I have to have music on while I edit.

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We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

Often times I will look back at my photography, photos I have taken years ago.  I also try to push myself to shoot more when that happens, it’s usually super painful and I hate everything but it keeps me going.

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Who in your life inspires your art the most?

My husband.  He has pushed me in so many ways to pursue this career.  His drive in life and perseverance is fierce and it has always inspired me to push harder and learn more.  He is also a kick ass photographer.

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What inspires you more - light or movement?

Eesh…is this a trick question? I am going to go with C – both of them together.

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Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?

Documentary tells a story – it allows the art to be raw, unfiltered and allows all of the rules to be broken.  Lifestyle is that friend you have in school that is super cool and put together but does it effortlessly; it’s documentary with a little less edge.  Documentary would so be caught smoking behind the bleachers after school. (smoking isn’t cool though kids, don’t do it.)

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Would you rather continue with your life or restart it?

Totally continue – been there, done that.

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Would you rather reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?

Reverse one decision.

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Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?

Say everything on my mind – I’d have to practice a TON of self control though.

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Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

No cell phone.

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Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a debit or credit card?

Debit or credit card – I think I would spend less money. Plus I am horrible with directions.

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Would you rather have eyes that can film everything or ears that can record everything?

Eyes that can film everything.

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Would you rather have unlimited storage space on your iPhone or unlimited storage space in real-life?

Unlimited storage space in real life.

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Would you rather walk the Great Wall of China or Amazon River?

Amazon River

Would you rather win an Academy Award or an Olympic Gold Medal?

Olympic Gold Medal

Would you rather be fabulously famous and poor or unknown and rich?

I honestly have no clue – both sound pretty unappealing to me.

Jenny Rogers

Jenny Rogers of Jenny A. Rogers Photography
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