Bored with standard family photo sessions, Anastasia Pottinger burst out of the photography BOX and became Rogue Studios. With clients in CoMo, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston, Stacie strives for an individual experience with each and every session.
Are you ready for Outlaw Photography?!
Family photo shoots should be FUN. Wear what you WANT! Run AMOCK! Rogue Studios is Fromage Free - So don't say CHEESE or PIZZA- (you may say STINKY UNDERWEAR or BOOGERS). You DON'T even have to LOOK at the CAMERA! (SAY WHAT?!)
A session with Rogue Studios is WAY DIFFERENT than going to JC Penny's or Sears and is even KINDA different than going to other independent photographers. I encourage potential clients to spend some time on my Pinterest page to get an idea of my style so you're not surprised when you see your images. My goal is for this to be a FUN experience for EVERYONE (except maybe the teenagers. I mean, really.) What does that really mean? It means NO PRESSURE! No telling the kids they're ruining it for you. No insisting everyone look at Stacie and SMILE. You want AUTHENTIC and REAL images, right? In order to achieve that, we spend a WEE BIT more time together. I am never in a hurry when I'm with you. I only schedule one session a day, no more than 3 times a week, so I can give you ALL of my energy and attention when we're together. After we make contact, I'll send you an email with all the DETAILS specific to YOUR session.
My parents handed me my first camera when I was 10 years old and I was hooked. It was a Kodak 110 I was to take with me on my first trip alone to visit my Grandparents in Georgia. My first job, as papergirl, waking up at 5 a.m. once a week to deliver the newspaper was done with the sole purpose of earning enough money to buy my own 35mm camera.
I did everything available to me to learn more about photography: summer camps, merit badges, classes, anything. I practically lived in the darkroom at my high school. I came to the University of Missouri with the intention of getting a degree in photojournalism. After my first year, I decided journalism was not something I felt passionate about and after a few changes, I finally landed in the Human Development and Family Studies department. I fell in love with early child development. Life brought me to the Washington, DC area where I finished my degree in Family Studies at the University of Maryland.
Somewhere along the way, I sold all of my gear and left photography behind. I didn’t own a camera and I rarely took pictures. I put all of my passion and energy into early childhood education, working in the field of childcare.
Long story short: I met my partner, Linda, while working in childcare in the DC area. She had grown up in Columbia, MO and after a bit of convincing, we moved back to Columbia to start our family and our childcare business. After our first son, Joseph was born we bought a point and shoot digital camera and I decided it would be okay to take snapshots of our family and document our lives. After playing with that camera some and being inspired by a local photography exhibition and contest, Visions (held annually at First National Bank (Now Landmark Bank) during the downtown arts festival. That program has since been replaced by PhotoVision, held annually in October at Orr St. Studios) I thought to myself, “I can take pictures like that.” I set my mind to being more intentional about my picture taking and trying to refine my skills with the idea that I would enter a contest or two in the coming year. That summer I entered the Visions contest and another contest called, “Life in Mid-Missouri”. I won first place in the amateur division of Visions, first place in two categories and honorable mention in one category of the Life in Mid-Missouri contest. I decided then and there to take my photography seriously again and see where it could take me.
In the beginning I took pictures of anything and everything. It took a few years to settle in to what to me seems so obvious now: I LOVE children’s portraiture. With my background in early child development, I have a gift for relating to young children. (Maybe it’s just my refusal to grow up!)
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