Rouxby didn’t start with a photography class or a well documented business plan or even with a proverbial light bulb. It began with a puppy, whose acquisition suddenly awakened in me an insane, impossible-to-ignore urge to have a camera in my hands at all times. That puppy was Roux (pronounced Roo), whose nickname has always been Rouxby (pronounced Ruby, it’s confusing, I know), and whose nickname became the namesake of this company. It seemed only fair.
What began as a quest to document other people’s dogs for them in the way I always knew I wanted mine documented has since turned into a full-fledged photography business, one that has required well documented business plans and (a lot of) proverbial light bulbs. I have come to understand that all the reasons I wanted to photograph my puppy four years ago are the same reasons my clients hire me: it’s about documenting your story. We seem to inherently understand that our time here is brief, our most treasured moments briefer still, and that brevity makes documenting your story all the more paramount. My job is to help you do that.
My job is to photograph the way you and your new fiance look at each other, and the way you hold on to each other so that five, ten, twenty years down the road you’ll have a memento to drive you down that lane of memories, to remind you what it was like the first time you saw him, held his hand, kissed him. Because someday you’ll have a house full of kids and dogs and busy schedules and it’ll be that photo that will remind you of a time when it was just you and him.
My job is to photograph all of the thousands of details that make up your wedding day, all the things you will be too overwhelmed and excited to remember so that someday you’ll be able to remind yourself exactly what shade of gray his suit was, or whether your maid of honor was pregnant at your wedding because believe it or not those are the details that fade with time. My job is to photograph all of the thousands of moments that make up your wedding that you’d never forget, so that when you want to revisit that story you’ll have photographs that are as real and as beautiful as it felt when it was happening.
My job is to photograph your baby when you first bring her home, to capture what she’s like right then, because it’s true what everybody says and before you know it she’ll be walking and when you pull out the onesie you brought her home in you won’t even be able to believe she ever fit in it.
My job is to photograph your six-year-old’s gap-toothed smile before the grown up teeth come in, and the braces go on, and come back off again.
My job is to photograph your dog the way you see him, and to capture his silly habits, those wacky little things he does on a daily basis that sometimes drive you crazy but will some day drive you crazier not to have.
It is nothing short of a great pleasure and a great honor to work with the lovely people I work with. Looking at my work as a collective body is the reminder I sometimes need that dealing with taxes and invoices and working seven days a week is worth it.
And it is. It’s worth every penny, every minute.
[photo by Zorro del Noche]