Kelly J Photography – Reportage Somerset Wedding and Portrait Photographer » Somerset Documentary style wedding photography and natural outdoor portrait shoots

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    I'm a documentary style wedding photographer who proudly calls Somerset my new home. Originally from North Wales I have travelled all over the country for work. I love getting to know couples and being involved in a little piece of their story. My style is unobtrusive, relaxed and natural. I like to capture moments as they naturally unfold in front of me. Quirky and bohemian weddings are my ultimate favourite.

    In addition to weddings I also photograph portrait sessions on-location, so if you'd like a family/couple/baby portrait shoot please get in touch.

 

Sometimes when you take pictures for a living, you simply forget to take pictures just for the pure pleasure of it. I wouldn’t say taking pictures as a job makes it a chore, but you tend to focus all of your energy on your work making it hard to find the time or motivation to create anything else. These days I almost feel as if I need a little push to get my creative juices flowing, a little inspiration to make me want to shoot just for me. Lately I have been obsessed with ViewBug, which has helped me think outside the box and take it one step further. Literally, I am obsessed with it. Moderator level obsessed. I wanted to do something else to keep my creativity spark all lit up inside, so I’ve decided to go for a 52 Week Photo Challenge. I invite you to do it with me.

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52 Week Photo Challenge

Here is my first 3 weeks of the 52 Week Photo Challenge;

Week 1 – Beginning

The start of 2015 began with cake. A mega, massive, over the top, indulgent beast of a cake. A black forest cake filled with bucket loads of kirsch, fresh cream, chocolate ganache and plenty of cherries. It took four layers of sponge and two days to make, it was exhausting. P.s do you like my little trees on the top?

We served it at our post Christmas dinner, hosted by my lovely Mum.
Every year my Mum and Step-Dad have myself and my step brothers and our partners around one big dinner table so we can have our own Christmas dinner together. It’s one of my favourite days of the year, the big family Christmas that I’d always wanted and now I get to look forward to it every January.

Also, what a perfect way to start the New Year as a healthier person, by going out in style with this monster of a cake….

Black Forest Cake - 52 Week Photo Challenge

 

Week 2 – Light

Out in the garden getting some new self portraits for my marketing with the help of my boyfriend. It starts raining, really hard.

I’m usually known for running around in the rain having a great time and this occasion was no different. So we grabbed the flashes and experimented with some Off-Camera Flash, which for me is something I don’t often do apart from at weddings. I loved the outcome of this, not to mention this picture basically sums me up entirely. It was worth freezing my nips off, for sure.

52 Week Photo Challenge - Off camera flash

Week 3 – Winter

Wednesday I went on a “drive by shooting” as my boyfriend affectionately named it.
In the car towards Westbury  in Wiltshire, the snow fell. So I perched my lens on the open window and photographed the scenery on the way. I wasn’t driving by the way, I’d just like to point that out.

After the snow, the sun came out and melted most of it away but I still managed to catch this.

Winter - 52 Week Photo Challenge

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Well this was an entertaining session if there ever was one. I loved this family, they were so much fun and down to earth. We started off by taking some lifestyle shots of everyone feeding the ducks and having a walk along the river, then stopped for some big group pictures to end the shoot.

Smiles and silliness always make for great portrait ingredients.

Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River
Somerset Family Portrait Photographer - Lifestyle Shoot at the River

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I absolutely cannot wait for this couples wedding! Kirsty and Gary will be getting hitched at the beautiful Abbeywood Estate next year, so we headed off to Delamere for a very fun and entertaining forest engagement shoot.

I just love sessions that are natural and true, and just about a couple being themselves with each other. Wondering around the woods, getting lost, laughing so hard our cheeks hurt, talking about cake.

 

Forest Engagement Shoot - Wedding Photographer
Forest Engagement Shoot - Wedding Photographer
Forest Engagement Shoot - Wedding Photographer
Forest Engagement Shoot - Wedding Photographer
Forest Engagement Shoot - Wedding Photographer
Pine cone ring shot - wedding photography
Fun engagement shoot - wedding photography
Fun engagement shoot - wedding photography
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THIS Wedding! wow. wow. wow.

I love Ruthin Castle, it has to be one of the most gorgeous venues ever! I’ve been lucky enough to work there before, but this was my first medieval wedding and it was not disappointing.

Sam and Mike put so much into their wedding, it was absolutely beautiful. With it being October, they filled the venue with pumpkins and maize and Sam even customised her dress and shoes, as well as making her stunning headpiece. The ceremony had a cosy atmosphere with a real fire and lots of candles and the banquet hall for dinner looked spectacular. Each table scroll was named after a family from Game of Thrones, which a jester then read out to get everybody seated – and get drunk on mead!

A big thank you to Sam and Mike for having me document their amazing day, and also a big thanks to my brother for being my trusty assistant! It was an all round brilliant wedding.

Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Medieval Wedding at Ruthin Castle Hotel
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
Game of Thrones inspired wedding
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October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
October Wedding - Documentary Wedding Photographer
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Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
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Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
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Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
Castle Wedding - Somerset Wedding Photographer
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  • 11/13/2014 - 17:10

    Ann Marie Blake - I could definitely see your photos on Offbeat Bride! I’m absolutely in love with your images.ReplyCancel

  • 11/12/2014 - 01:55

    Stephanie Couture - These are BEYOND amazing… seriously, most awesomest wedding ever!ReplyCancel

  • 11/11/2014 - 00:39

    Victoria Johansson Egneby - Coolest couple ever!!! This is an amazing wedding- love your work! =)ReplyCancel

  • 11/10/2014 - 22:17

    Ranya Alsabti - This wedding is incredible! Everything about it, from the venue to this awesomely chic couple. You did a wonderful job capturing it and i am so wishing i could have shot at that venue. Lovely details, amazing work :)ReplyCancel

  • 11/10/2014 - 16:24

    Debbie Mitchell - Love the first photo. blue hair, castle….you know this is going to be a cool wedding with a cool couple!ReplyCancel

  • 11/10/2014 - 15:39

    Emily Chappell - WOW! You have the most AMAZING venues across the pond!! Jealous jealous jealous!! The couple has an awesome sense of style, and I cannot get over the bride’s gorgeous hair!! Did you feel like you were photographing a mermaid princess?? Your style perfectly compliments this colorful, eclectic wedding!ReplyCancel

  • 11/10/2014 - 04:56

    Melissa Avey - AMAZING!!! I love these images. Also..love her blue hair!ReplyCancel