We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Rogozienski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Since my 2 sons are college aged now, this is something I can reflect on. I always knew that I would be very involved in my sons lives, especially when they were young. That was really important to me when my wife and I decided to start a family. So as an entrepreneur, sole proprietor, you have a double edged sword there. You need to work your ass off and be relentless, especially in the early stages. However, working for yourself affords you the ability to make your own schedule. It gives you the option to spend time outside of your business. I always made sure to make time for my boys, possibly, in retrospect, to the detriment of growing my business as rapidly as I could have. But no regrets at all. I was able to coach my boys sports teams, see them play and grow and stay really engaged. There were a few events I missed along the way, but not many. I find that I have more time now that they’re young adults to really dive into my business. I think I took the opposite path of what you would traditionally think of as building your business. I’m more energized now than ever and have really never experienced professional burnout. I’m excited for the next phase as I transition to an adult relationship with my boys and spend more time on my business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I pride myself in my ability to retain clients. One of my core values is being easy to work with. As a commercial photographer, delivering great images goes without saying. So I also have to be someone clients want to work with. After all, there are a lot of great photographers out there. I set myself apart as a creative that is a tenacious problem solver without the ego. My best advertising has always been word of mouth and personal recommendations.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big sports guy, both as a fan and as a participant. Here are a few must do’s for us: Sunrise surf session at Tourmaline Padre game at PetCo Park. Play soccer at La Mesa Indoor Soccer – Old Man Saturday League is my favorite SD Loyal Match at the completely under-rated Torero stadium at USD. Golf Torrey Pines Kayak La Jolla Cove Hike Torrey Pines State from the Bluffs down to the beach and back Favorite restaurants we’ll need to hit: JV’s is hands down my favorite Taco Shop. Huge, delicious burritos and the friendliest service you’ve ever had at a taco shop. Mona Lisa in Little Italy for sandwiches I love Ironside Seafood in Little Italy too. Bobboi has amazing gelatos. There’s one right by my studio in Little Italy but I really like the one in La Jolla. It’s more old school and the vibe is nice. Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station. The one in South Park is nice too, but I have a soft spot for the one in Liberty Station since my son worked there for a spell. C Level Lounge is fun, great food, and amazing views over the water to downtown. Cultural stuff: Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is a must – stay and spend the day in the park. Balboa Park is one of the best big city parks anywhere. You could spend a week exploring. Friendship Park at Border Field State Park. The Park is an inspiration for humanity and it’s really interesting geographically. It’s at the western most point of the US Mexico border where the fence goes into the sea. Views worth the trip: Hike Cowles Mountain. You can see just about the whole county from up there. Mount Soledad has an amazing view of downtown to Mexico.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Cindy Saylor. I’m so grateful for my partner and all the support she’s given me and our family over the last 30+ years. She’s a rock and a rock star! She has recently embarked on a new career path as an Herbalist and I could not be happier for her. I only hope I can provide her the same inspiration and support she provided me over the years.
All images by Frank Rogozienski Portrait of Frank Rogozienski by Sergey Sinin