Christine Rogers, Los Angeles County Photojournalist (Effective 10-1-2014)
Christine Rogers started taking photos in the 60's when her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The camera became a way for her to capture the beauty of life so she could ensure some part of it lives on. She studied film and had hoped to be a cinematographer, but fate lead her to a wonderful and fulfilling career in law enforcement. Determined to capture beauty even in the face of tragedy, one of her most treasured shots is a fellow officer on top the I-880 collapse in Oakland after the Loma Prieta Earthquake. "The stillness after such a devastating event that took so many lives was unbearable. One day the sun was setting and my friend was standing in the light with this destruction behind him. It was simply surreal."
In the early 1990's, her love for children drove her to create the mascot for the California Highway Patrol "CHiPper", and she was instrumental in the creation of many of the traffic safety pamphlets geared towards children and the first Spanish language pamphlets while assigned as the CHP's Public Relations Officer.
Now retired, she has a freelance photography business with her partner, Edna Lopez, which caters to the Latino population and offers event photography on a sliding fee scale. She knows how hard it is to make ends meet in this economy and works with families to ensure they get the quality photos they need for their events. To see her work and more information please visit her website at http://www.chicksquad.net