Justin Rogers is a web developer by day and a photographer by night. Being self-employed, he loves the flexibility of being able to take on new challenges each day and mixing business with pleasure – that being photography. What started out from a need to get better photos for the websites he was building, photography has now grown into a new passion that he can do for fun with friends and family. He credits several friends as his mentors along the way and is now happy to return the favor by assisting those same friends in helping teach a Basic DSLR Photography Class at the West Des Moines and Ankeny locations of Lutheran Church of Hope.
Originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, Justin moved to West Des Moines after graduating from Buena Vista University in 2007 with a double major in Marketing and Management Information Systems. After working for a company making websites for car dealerships for four years, Justin finally took a leap of faith and started his own business after building enough relationships with small businesses that could benefit from having easy to update websites using the WordPress platform.
Justin is also a NRA certified instructor for the Basic Handgun course and assists John McLaughlin with teaching safety and accuracy techniques for students wishing to operate a firearm. Last summer a Faith, Fellowship & Firearms group was started to bring together people with these common interests to facilitate the growth in these areas. Some members of the group later traveled to Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Pahrump, Nevada to participate in an in-depth four day defensive handgun training course followed by devotions each night back at the hotel.
Justin and his wife Jonah live in West Des Moines where she is a nurse and they serve on the Hope worship team – she sings and he plays guitar. Together they shoot portraits and enjoy traveling.