Welcome to this new series of blog posts focusing on Wedding Photographers and their top tips. I was going to just do one combined post but each photographer I have spoken with have so many beautiful photos and bits of advice they need a post just for themselves!
So I would like to introduce you to Fiona Kelly based in the Southeast of England and listed 19th in the Top 100 Wedding Photography Blogs and Websites on the Web. She shares her ideas, tips and stories to help you plan your special day.
What are your top 2 ‘Do and Don’t’ tips for couples on their wedding day?
Do enjoy the day, relax, have fun and allow your friends and family to help you get everything sorted. Don’t forget to spend time with your new husband/wife (let your photographer whisk you away for photos to enjoy some time together). Don’t stress on the day, what will happen will happen so go with the flow. Don’t let other people take over your day.
What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?
Find someone who’s work really grabs you and who you actually get on with, you spend a lot of time with your photographer on the day.
Your top tip for Styling your day?
Be yourself. Style your day in way that appeals to you. That way your wedding will be uniquely yours.
Do you think you should “Trash your Dress”?
Each to their own. For some it will appeal and for others they couldn’t think of anything worse! I’m all for people being true to themselves and what is right for them.
Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?
They are a great way to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to find out more about you as a couple and see how you interact. Plus, its a chance to have some fun, a few cuddles and get used to having your photo taken.
What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?
How creative you can be and also how skilled you have to be at many different types of photography techniques. It’s all consuming, It’s no easy option!
How you describe your style of photography?
Relaxed, natural, beautiful and candid with hints of an editorial style. In other words I like to capture natural reactions, real moments and create beautiful relaxed portraits.
What can a couple do for you on the big day?
Relax and enjoy the day and your time together. Don’t get stressed about the small stuff. Oh, and food is always appreciated!
Indoor or outdoor wedding?
I love an outdoor wedding. Im very inspired by nature, light and the great outdoors.
Themed or none theme?
As long as its right for the couple I don’t mind either way. Each couple should choose to have the wedding that is right for them, with their ideas and personality shining through.
Local or Destination?
I do enjoy a destination wedding but for the next year or two, while my son is still little, Im going to be sticking to weddings in the UK only.
Big or small?
Probably a rubbish answer, but both for different reasons. When we got married we did it in Las Vegas with 17 people with us. It was such fun to have a small, intimate wedding and have all our guests with us for a couple of days. When we returned we then had a big old knees up back in the Lake District and that was amazing for having all our most loved people, friends and family to celebrate and have such fun. In terms of photography both have their challenges but both their bonuses.
To know more why don’t you drop Fiona a message? Leave a comment below. Her contact details are below.
Many thanks Fiona to take the time and share these thoughts with us.