We had the good fortune of connecting with Dallas Rogers, a local portrait photographer based in Goodyear, AZ. Here is our interview below:
Hi Dallas, it’s a pleasure to meet you! How are you doing?
Hi Jon, same to you! I’m doing as well as I can. I’ve been filling my time with skating and photoshoots, which are both fulfilling. It’s a pleasure sitting down with you today! I appreciate this opportunity!
We appreciate you taking your time to interview! All right, let’s just into it! Tell me, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Photography chose me. Cheesy, I know. During a time in my life where I felt lost, photography rescued me. It was my senior year in high school, simultaneously the most stressful and exciting year of my life, and I had to make a choice. I can hear my college advisor’s gentle voice: “So, what’s your major?” I could feel my chest tightening as I hesitantly responded: “Journalism and Mass Communications.”
“Ah, so exciting,” she cheerfully reassured, “You’ll love it. Let’s get you set up for a tour.” The entire tour was agonizing, realizing I picked a terrifying path. Let me preface by saying I am not too fond of public speaking. In my junior year of high school, mid-presentation, I had to SIT DOWN to catch my breath – embarrassing and humiliating. The moment I instantly regretted my major choice was when the tour guide uttered these five words: “Here is the broadcasting room.”
My eyes dilated, my heart dropped, my skin whitened – I was ready to succumb to the flight side of fight or flight. I was silent the entire ride home, soaking in the decision I had made, feeling helpless and stuck. “Do photography,” my mom commanded. Her words swirled around my head. I had taken photography courses throughout high school and loved it.
“But…” I replied, holding back the flow of tears to come. She knew I was torn.
“No buts, I know you love it. Just do it.” At that moment, I felt the weights and pressure lift. I finally felt excited about college, rather than fearful. The minute we pulled into our driveway, I unbuckled my seatbelt and collapsed in the seat, bursting into tears. She watched as I let out all the fear from the tour and relief, having found a major that made me happy. Society led me to believe that photography was a sinkhole, a fun hobby but never a profitable business. I got bogged down by what I was told the future did not hold – financial stability, a successful and impactful business, clients – that I held myself back from even starting. Man, am I glad my mom encouraged me because photography continues to make me the happiest woman alive. Photography chose me during a moment of weakness and fear, and I continue to chose it through all the crazy and fun challenges it throws my way. I hope, if you take anything away from this story, it is to choose what you LOVE to do. If you’ve been teetering between pursuing your dream or settling, take the leap of faith. Weigh your risk, of course, but if you feel it more beneficial than costly to start, do it. I am Dallas Rogers with @dalspictures, and I am living my dream. It’s by time you do, too.
That’s phenomenal. It’s crazy you had such a life-changing revelation at such a young age. Can you open up a bit about your work and career? What do you think differentiates you from others? We’re big fans, and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I pride myself on my ability to connect with others. I feel this is the greatest gift I could have, being a portrait photographer. I love digging deep, getting vulnerable, and documenting such emotions. I feel as though many portraits are superficial. It’s easy to count down from three, say cheese, and snap a picture. It’s hard to feel personality looking at an image, and I love that challenge. I love feeling connected to someone through my camera; it’s emotional and exhilarating. I love meeting new people, especially if I get to photograph them because it’s an opportunity to deepen our connection in a matter of sixty minutes. My journey to this point has had its shares of ups and downs, as many paths do. I have much more trekking to go, filled with further obstacles to overcome, but I am ready. I hope, to the readers out there, that our paths may overlap so we may get an opportunity to know one another. It would be my absolute pleasure.
Very nice! Having a connection with clients is essential in this business. Now, I have a fun question. Say the reader has a visiting friend; where would you take them, or who would you introduce them to?
Arizona has a host of places and people that I love. Living in the suburbs and working in the city, I get a wider lens of what fun things there are to do; here are a few of my favorite places and some friends I would want to introduce:
1) Boba from Teabo with Annastasia (@annastasia_stock)
2) Shooting in Downtown Phoenix with Karla (@k.ar.l.a)
3) Dinner at Tomo Japanese Cuisine with Ocean (@smallerocean)
4) Smoothies from Robeks with Zoe (@zoezvo)
5) Coffee (or my favorite, hot cocoa) from anywhere in Phoenix with Tanya-Amelia (@facesbyamelia)
6) Shopping trip at Scottsdale Fashion Square with Summer (@styledbysum)
7) Exploring hiking trails in Sedona with Caitlyn (@caitlynjenningsphoto)
8) Working out at Burn It, Build It with Sidnei (@sidneitaylormakeup)
9) Creating the most rocking sleepover party with Javier (@djcwest)
Things I love to do:
1) Rollerskate at Great Skate
2) Eat burritos from Filiburto’s
3) Go to Petsmart and gaga over cats.
4) Hiking, anywhere (but, not for too long)!
5) Relax with a massage at La Vie
6) Axe-throwing in Phoenix
We’re going to get sentimental for a moment. Who, in your life, deserves some credit and recognition?
I attribute much of my successes as an artist to my parents. I know so many kids who have had to set aside their passions because their parents discourage them. I am so thankful for their backing in all that I do. They truly are my biggest fans, and I don’t know where I would be without them – I wouldn’t be alive, frankly.
I also want to thank my boyfriend, Javier, for being my right-hand man in all of this. You are not only my business role model but my best friend. I cannot thank you enough for aiding me in my business decisions; you’ve landed me so many fantastic opportunities that I am insanely thankful for. To these three incredible people, thank you.
Thank you to my sister for checking up on me during my 8-hour editing sessions and bringing me water or food. Thanks to my amazing clients whom I have had the great pleasure of working with. You make my life so purposeful and fulfilled. Thank you, reader, for stopping by, too. I am so grateful for the life I have and promise to continue growing and learning for all of you.
Other: My Portfolio: https://dalspictures.pixieset.com/
I am the photographer 🙂