Paul Rogers of rogerspictures.com is a UK based wedding photographer with 18 years experience as a photojournalist at The Times newspaper in London. As a photojournalist, Paul photographed a full range of subjects – from royalty, celebrities and world leaders to war zones and natural disasters worldwide. He is one EXPERIENCED photographer!
With all this experience I was baffled at why Paul would invest around $10,000 to attend a workshop on the other side of the world for wedding photography. It wasn't making sense and this was the reason for asking Paul back onto the podcast. I'm rapt I did!
A confession before we get into the interview… one of the reasons I contacted Paul to do this interview is I have been intrigued with the idea of attending a Foundation Workshop and there really is very little about what happens at these documentary photography workshops for wedding photographers. Participants are restricted from sharing their work from the workshops and all that's available online is the occasional blog post about these “life changing” learning events for the photographers. A week long workshop filled with tears, emotion, growth and learning.
In addition, I have contacted the Principal Photographer behind Foundation to be interviewed, or to have one of the photographer trainers/coaches/mentors come on and talk about the workshops. Those invitations were declined.
Without having any preconceptions you have to go in with an open mind and just accept what’s going to happen and just try to take the most out of it. – Paul Rogers
Back to Paul… if you'd like to hear more about his background, his approach to photography and why he chose wedding photography following such an amazing career with the newspaper, get back to The Photography Xperiment Podcast, episode #9 to learn more.
Oh, and be sure to check out his amazing work… you'll find examples and links to everything below.
Here’s some of what we cover in this interview:
- What the Foundation Workshop is all about
- Paul's reason for signing up and attending a Foundation Workshop
- How to learn and progress as a wedding photographer
- Why Paul didn’t have the guts to join a photography workshop on his own
- Why it’s ideal to go to workshops with people you know
- How the Foundation workshops are structured and work
- Workshop pricing
- Paul’s thought process before committing to attend the workshop
- Why photographers should not balk at expensive workshops
- Paul’s specific assignment during the workshop
- Learning photojournalistic techniques and how to approach real assignments creatively in Foundation Workshop
- Foundation Workshop encourages and teaches you to discover your storyline
- Learning through experience is the best way to improve your photography
- How to get at the heart of what you’re photographing
- How to identify your story when there are too many distractions in your environment
- The mistake Paul made when searching out his story
- What happens during critique sessions at the workshop and how photographers learn from it
- Discovering what is holding you back as a photographer
- The value and purpose of the Foundation Workshop
- How will Paul’s workshop learnings affect his photography style and have they already
- Identifying your subject for each wedding photo session. Hint, it's not always the bride and groom.
- Finding micro stories at every wedding
- Hiring a second shooter to move your business forward
- How much should you pay for a second shooter?
- Learning to shoot in layers to tell better stories
- Paul's new favourite lens for documentary wedding photography
- Was the workshop effective or is Paul slipping back on the way he used to do things?
- Reading books to reinforce Paul’s learnings from the workshop
- Was signing up for the workshop a business decision or a creative decision?
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What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything away from what Paul shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below, let me know what your takeaways were, what you plan to implement in your business as a result of what you heard in todays episode.
The purpose of this workshop is trying to break down some of those barriers so that you can expose what needs to be exposed and learn what you need to change as a person to grow as a photographer. – Paul Rogers
If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Paul or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.
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Amazing and Propitious
in iTunes by Melbourne based photographer Najam Saqib on June 8, 2017.
I am in the middle of setting up my part time photography business. Listened one of the free interviews but tempted to listen what else interviewee has to share. I was confused and couldn't decide whether should I go for the premium podcast or not. Sent an email to Andrew and asked the same question. Guess what? He sent me a video reply.
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In iTunes by Melbourne family photographer, Fran Jorgensen from Australia on June 14, 2017
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The real lesson for me was learning to put a little bit of myself into the photography. – Paul Rogers
Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:
On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide by David Hurn and Bill Jay
The Documentary Impulse by Stuart Franklin
Thanks again for listening and thanks to Paul for coming on and sharing so much about his recent experience and so much more.
The big lesson for me was fall in love with your subjects, to have an emotional connection with your subject and use that to have something to say in your pictures. – Paul Rogers
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That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!
Thanks and speak soon