East Sussex-based wedding photographer Katie Rogers has recently joined our online supplier directory. We love her elegant, arty style and how passionate she is about her craft and the couples she works with.
Q. How would you describe your photography style?
A. My style in a nutshell is joyful, elegant and intimate, and I love to work with my couples in a relaxed and fun way.
Q. Where are you based and which venues do your frequent? Which is your favourite venue to shoot at and why?
A. I’m based in Hastings, East Sussex but cover wherever my couples would like me to go! We are quite spoiled for lovely venues in my local area, from The Pilgrim’s Rest in Battle to the Old Rectory, Hastings as they both have wonderful teams, and beautiful inside spaces. I also got married at The Old Rectory so that has a very special place in my heart. I photographed a wedding at Relais Villa Vittoria in Lake Como last year. To shoot there again would be truly awesome.
Q. What’s your background and how long have you been a professional wedding photographer?
A. I actually started photography years ago and learned on film at college which gave me a fantastic grounding in technical skills, but photography really was a hobby and I had a career in marketing for a good while. I’ve been photographing weddings for about three years now. I started slowly, building up my confidence and skills, second shooting for friends. I soon realised how much I enjoyed it and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!
Q. What’s your favourite kind of wedding to shoot? i.e. who’s your ideal client?
A. My favourite weddings are where the venue has been really carefully chosen by the couple to represent their personalities and what is important to them vibe-wise. My couples tend to have a relaxed approach while also taking care in all aspects of their day so that they and their guests have the best day ever and do what feels right for them.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about your personal life? About your home, your family life and what you like to do when you’re not shooting weddings…
A. When I’m not shooting weddings, I will often be shooting something else! It really is a bit of an obsession, it’s what makes me happy. This often annoys my husband though as I have a habit of stopping every 2 seconds to snap something if we go for a walk or a day out together.
I also love to spend time with my sisters and brother, I’m also soon to be an aunty which is incredibly exciting! I love musical theatre and am a big Matthew Bourne fan, so you’ll often find me going to shows with my sister and mum. Travel is another thing I want to get back to as soon as possible, it’s lovely to explore new places and totally relax with my husband.
I just love to meet new people and hear their stories.
Q. We know you’ve been doing a Covid project – Doorstep Sessions – can you tell us a little more about that please?
A. I really wanted a project to keep myself busy, and use my time to support a charity that had a local connection, The Trussell Trust. Lockdown has certainly meant us photographers have had to be creative, and snapping people on their doorsteps easily complied with the government guidelines and meant I could do what I love, and meet new people, all just for donations to my Just Giving page. I’ve now photographed over 80 families and couples in my area, and raised over £1,500 which well surpassed my expectations! The support from the community has been absolutely amazing.
Q. How has the Covid situation affected you (personally and professionally) and how do you think it will affect the wedding industry over the next few years?
A. For starters all of my couples that have had to postpone have been totally amazing and been committed to having me as their photographer, which is so appreciated given the amazing choice of photographers out there. I’ve been lucky to be able to move the vast majority of their dates to next year.
Personally, it’s been a very frustrating time. A whole year of doing what you love delayed, and a doubly-busy 2021! However these really are tiny inconveniences, and I really, really can’t wait to get going again!
I think in the short term, weddings will become smaller affairs, and it may even give couples the chance to reconsider how they want their wedding to be and to make any changes. I think we may see shorter coverage and elopements taking place. In the long term, I think it really is too early to say what the bigger impact might be, but so long as there are weddings happening, I will happily be there for my couples and help them have the best day ever, whatever they choose to do.
Q. What, other than weddings, do you like to photograph?
A. I love to photograph families, I also do some branding photography. Outside of that though, I love to photograph fashion when I can, and still life; both of these really give me a chance to experiment and think of ways I can push myself. It’s all very people-orientated really. I just love to meet new people and hear their stories.
Q. What inspires you?
A. In general for weddings and portraits I mostly look to fashion for inspiration, from designers to photographers; I love anything that has a slightly dark or different point of view. For example, Alexander McQueen, Tim Walker, Paolo Roversi, Michal Pudelka just to name a few. When I am working with a couple or family though, the best inspiration comes from getting to know them and their personalities.
Q. We know you also offer branding photography and mentoring. Can you tell us a little more please?
A. I got into branding photography because I have a lot of creative and artistic friends who needed some professional photographs to use on their websites and social media. They really encouraged me to offer it and it’s just snowballed from there! I love to support local, independent makers and businesses in my area so it works really well.
With mentoring, I found that I have learned so much in my first year as a business, that the photo side of it is a whole different kettle of fish to the business side; you really need a good understanding of both to be successful. I decided to offer mentoring as I’ve not always had support from people I looked up to in the past, this is very rare I have to say as the industry on the whole is so welcoming and supportive, but this is my way of giving back to people trying to get a leg up in the industry. What I often find with people I mentor is their skills are there, they just need some confidence and direction, which we all need from time to time as our businesses grow.
You can meet Katie at our Worthing Dome Wedding Fair on 27th September.