I’m the one behind the camera. My story into photography is not a straightforward route. I first dabbled with taking photos many moons ago, when I pinched my Dad’s fully manual film camera and decided to have a go. I was lucky to have a dark room at my school so learned to actually use the camera, develop my own film, print my own photographs and generally have fun experimenting! This early foray into photography got slightly sidelined by a degree in Graphic Design and then a job as a Graphic Designer & Photographic Art Director. Little did I know at the time how many invaluable skills I would learn as an Art Director, while travelling the world working on fashion, lifestyle and interiors shoots. My interest in people and my love of natural images and creative composition made for a perfect fit when I finally rediscovered photography and took the plunge, setting up Fiona Kelly Photography.
When I’m not taking photos, which does keep me pretty busy, you can find me in my home in South East London with my husband and cheeky son. Together we love to travel, go on little adventures whenever we can, play games and watch films (I am now a connoisseur of animated films). I’m originally from the Lake District and still keeping a tight hold on my northern accent, even after 19 years living in the South. I’m a bit of a tom-boy and despite a love of clothes and fashion you will generally find me in jeans, t-shirts and flat shoes racing around trying to keep up with my son (who has enough energy to power a small country!). I also love musicals – stage or screen, there’s nothing quite like a bit of optimistic singing in a fantastic setting to really make me smile.
So, what about my photography? Well, to start with my job gives me the perfect excuse to be a bit nosey. I do enjoy finding out about the people who I photograph! How you met, your first date, your favourite film, where you are from and how you got here…planning your wedding day.
When it comes to capturing the day I love to tell wedding stories with natural, beautiful and creative photography. I have a bit of an obsession with sunsets and have been known to do a little happy dance when the light is just perfect (you have been warned!). As well as capturing the big events of the day, I’m always looking out for the small moments. Things that might not even be noticed, but will create the most amazing memory after the day. Being able to capture a fleeting moment in time and record it forever is very special and something that means the world when photographing a wedding.
And what about your wedding? Wherever it is and whatever you choose to do, your wedding will be uniquely yours. A day of celebration, fun, laughter, the odd embarrassing story and more than a bit of silly dancing. You will be surrounded by your favourite people in the world and your wedding will be as wonderfully individual as you are.
If you think you might want me to capture your wedding day get in touch and let’s chat.
Get in touch and tell me about your story.
Hi! I’m Jesse and I have been working with Fiona now for over two years and LOVE shooting weddings. I actually just love taking pictures of people. People are my favourite focus when pointing my camera out into the world. Even better when it is a day full of love, emotion and beauty – what a bonus.
My interest in photography started when my Granddad gave me my first camera. It was a Pentax P-30 and for all you camera novices out there, it was a body that you had to manually wind the film on with every photograph that you took. I spent hours developing photographs in the red light of a dark room (after my Granddad had taught me how to not predominantly photograph body-less people and sky). I still love taking pictures on this film camera and really savouring every moment. Thinking about what photographs I am going to take to fill the 36 exposure roll.
I love to really capture a moment and perhaps this has filtered down from my love of condensing memories to one roll of film. Aside from photography I love to be outdoors and camping is a major hobby of mine. Give me a coast line and a tin cup full of tea, a blanket round my shoulders and I will be one content girl. My favourite way to spend the day would be somewhere in the sunshine (preferably in Australia but a back garden in the UK will suffice too) with a BBQ full of halloumi cheese, where the margaritas are flowing and the conversation is good. I love being by the sea and knitting a good scarf beside a fire when it is blustery and cold outside.
Travelling makes my heart happy and although I have travelled around the world [twice] I still feel everyday like my feet could lead me away to some adventure and I could travel the world all over again and would still find more places to explore. I hate to shop, unless it is pootling around a charity shop. I am half Danish, so I love pastries and any form of pickled cabbage. Within my flat you will find a massive collection of glass bottles, trinkets from my travels and pots of sea glass that I find walking along a beach.
Sea glass that gets washed up on the beach is hard to find – blink and you will miss it nestled beside the smooth stones. Just like sea glass a moment that gets captured on a camera can be missed if you are not looking in the right places. It is a good job that like a magpie I am drawn to these shiny moments and love to capture every part of a wedding day.