"Stephanie de Rouge is a warm, inspiring, and devoted teacher. Equipped with an uncanny eye, she identifies latent possibilities in students' photographs, suggests next steps, and encourages us all to take the risks necessary to create meaningful work."
JLG - 2017
"The only problem I had with Stephanie's portrait class was that it didn't last longer! She is a wonderful, generous and giving teacher with a sharp eye and aesthetic sense. Her class expanded my visual literacy and gave me the tools to not only further develop my eye, style and technique, but to also approach my career and business in a way that allows me to stay true to myself both as an artist and a professional." MLB - 2017
"Stephanie is a very dedicated teacher. She is well prepared and puts her all into each class. She has great insights and gives excellent critiques that encourage you to go further with your project. Her thoughtful lessons often begin with a short exercise that engages and challenges the students, teaching them through their own experience. I am currently taking a year long class with Stephanie and I am loving it. I feel excited about all that I am learning and proud of my growth as a photographer."
MS - 2017
"Stephanie, your passion for photography, and especially the creative energy of your teaching, have brought me to a place in my photography that I could not have imagined three years ago when I took my first class with you. Your unique combination of pushing students beyond their comfort zones and positive, yet challenging, critique breaks down students’ preconceptions of what they can bring forth in their work. I wish you the best in your new venture and look forward to continuing to work with you in your future classes."
SB - 2017
"Working with Stephanie de Rouge has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had at the International Center of Photography. Stephanie’s photo critiques are masterful. She has a natural gift for guiding students' work into story ideas and themes. She has helped me become aware of weaknesses in my work while still providing positive and creative feedback on how to improve it. I look forward to continuing to work with her."
"Stephanie de Rouge is an inspiring teacher of photography. She is thoughtful and perceptive in the evaluation of students' work, giving clear direction about improving technique, while supporting and nurturing individual vision and style. Her explanation of technical approaches is clear and focused on implementation, rather than being theoretical, which makes for easy application of this knowledge in the field or in editing. She is sensitive to the differences in skills in her classes and assures that everyone, no matter their level, understands the principles being taught and can apply them. Beyond this, she is eloquent in identifying and describing the aesthetic elements of photographs, how to think about lighting, composition and exposure to create the desired effects. It always is stimulating to engage in dialog about the selection of photos she shows in class and the specific elements that come together to make the images work or not. Stephanie's classes are intellectually challenging, and she engages students in the process of learning/discovery in a thoroughly supportive way."
SK - 2016