1st in the UK, WPJA 2012 Contest. I've been a photojournalist since 1996, working for The Times newspaper in London since 1998, travelling the world covering conflicts, disasters, Royalty and celebrities. For almost twenty years I've been conveying a story in a single image, or telling a more complex story in a photo essay.
I studied physics at Cardiff University whilst working on the award winning student newspaper, then completed a photojournalism post graduate diploma at Cardiff School of Journalism.
I live in Hertfordshire about 30 miles North of London with my wife Helen and our two beautiful children.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Paul. The following awards have been earned by Paul from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Being male, I can honestly report that I’ve never worn high heeled shoes (although I wouldn’t mind looking an inch or two taller). I’m sure learning to walk in a pair is as difficult as it appears. But this photo tells of a different experience most of us never consider - walking in spiked heels across a healthy lawn of grass. Yikes! Just look at those mud smeared heels and the souvenir of a patch of Saint Augustine grass that clings to them like a pair of shoes themselves. That small fun detail (if not perhaps agonizing for her) makes all the difference in this image.
Great classic, tight shot. His eye really pops!
Another example of great seeing by the photographer. Each little fraction of the photo has its own energy and story, with the bride and groom in the middle caught at the perfect moment. Love this photo.
Wedding days contain so much emotion and so many characters…there are infinite opportunities to make images that capture the feeling of the day. What is takes is a skilled eye for framing, an anticipation of what may come, and the forethought to be in the right place at the right time. This image has it all.
There's a lot of human-aided trampoline action at Jewish weddings (and perhaps many other religions and cultures I'm unaware of) but the bar has been set high (pun intended) for this kind of image. Fortunately, the eye of this photographer has raised images like this even higher. Kudos.
Beautiful light and framing of a subtle moment that most people will never see. That, to me, is a huge part of the photographer’s job - to recognize and capture the fleeting moments that most won’t recognize or see.
Unconventional composition that works to reinforce the size of the subject, and draw attention to her scream. Nice.
A lovely moment of the glowing bride and groom is enhanced by the incorporation of the delighted woman at left. Her expression adds interest to an otherwise common scene.
Great expression. What I like most is that we don't see much of the person working on the girl's hair—we don't need to see any more than what the photographer gave us. The silhouette of the hands is perfect. The off-center framing cleans up what could have been a distracting background. Well done!
This little girl's expression says it all, a moment captured perfectly from head to toes!
This seemingly routine scene is elevated because the photographer found a sweet moment in it. That moment captures the whole point of a wedding, during a touching, unexpected pause in the midst of a pretty mundane event in the ceremony. Well seen.
This image is all about the reaction. The low angle to include the cake works well in this instance also.
The following letters are from the clients of Paul Rogers.
Married: 5 years ago
Claire & Simon
My husband and I really wanted a relaxed style of photography and were impressed by the work you'd done previously. As a photojournalist, your mission was to capture the spirit of the day, so that we could relive the moments in the years to come and you did that beautifully. Everyone has remarked on how amazing the photographs are - not just in terms of the moments that you captured, but also your genuine skill as a photographer and we couldn't be more pleased. The other comment I hear all the time is the fact that nobody noticed you taking pictures. It was all very unobtrusive so everyone relaxed. As a person, we couldn't have asked for someone more warm and friendly - My children loved you and one is quite shy so this is a major achievement.
Married: 5 years ago
Lou and Ben
We wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for doing our photographs. The results are fantastic and the collecting of them was seamless, thoughtful and friendly. It was like having a friend we had known for years doing the photography.