My Best Wedding Photography of 2015

My best wedding photography of 2015? That’s an almost impossible choice to ask any wedding photographer to make. Each wedding is so full of personal feelings and every shot has an emotional charge to it.

This year has seen me travel to Luxembourg to shoot a wedding; to some woods near Marlow to shoot a blessing where the couple used a tree as an altar; to venues I have worked before (Trinity Buoy Wharf and Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios); and in all kinds of amazing spaces. And I had the joy of shooting my first Indian Wedding.

And I have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful couples – beautiful, spirited, funny, charming, loved-up people who have trusted me to capture the beauty of their day in my own style of wedding photography.

When I look back at the year I can see a development of my wedding photography style. My taste for quirky offbeat-slightly-trad-but-not shots continues unabashed (thank you to my couples for being so game!); my love of observational documentary photography is still in full force; but the biggest development I see is in my love of epic, grand shots that place the couples in the landscape or in their environment. Big, wide shots full of drama and romance.

Here they are in no particular order. These are the ones that spoke to me loudest when I look back at my year – they’re the noisy ones who want my attention. So here they are.

I hope you love them as much as I do.

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  • Jenny Owens - Love your style – the quirky, slightly traditional but not! Fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • jesus caballero - Pat, love your emotional and full of adventures year! what a 15!!!! all the best for your 2016!
    PS: love it your personal BW photography, really personal!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - I love your black and whites. And that shot of the kids with the balloons. Great!ReplyCancel

  • Eva - Great selection, I love black and white wedding photography so muchReplyCancel

  • jonny barratt - Brilliant Pat, what an incredible year. Love you eye for composition. I love following your work mate. 2016 is going to be an awesome year too xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Berube - STUNNING! Happy New Year and amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Dee Impey - what an amazing set of images you have….and im sure a bunch of very happy brides. I especially love the one of the Indian wedding and the lady in the wheelchair with the bride – there’s a lot of emotion caught in that one frame 🙂 brilliant workReplyCancel

  • Anneli Marinovich - What a year! Love that confetti shot outside TBW! Happy 2016 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gary (aka marshal gray) - brilliant work pat. absolutely inspiring mate. Love the black and whites especiallyReplyCancel

  • Steve Gallett - It’s time to come clean I think about my initial thoughts on photography: a man (or lady) points camera at subject and clicks thus capturing their picture…that’s it no more no less.

    Like many things it’s only when you experience someone of talent perform this ritual in their own unique way do you really have a window into how much of an art form it really is. I personally got to experience this on my wedding day thanks to Pat Kelman.

    As you can see from this gallery his art is almost the unseen – the small, the smile in the background or the float of a dress – but also the parade shots the expansive are treated to the same level of care.

    I don’t think my wife and I could have picked a better photographer for our wedding for the simple fact that he is not a wedding photographer – he’s an artist who happens to be at your wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Babb - What a wonderful year, Pat. You smashed it. xReplyCancel

  • Susie Lawrence - Dammit Pat, these are brilliant! Such a strong collection of wonderful images. Your processing is fabulous, lovely and contrasty in the black and whites and subtly vibrant in the colours. The character of your subjects really shines through. Top job, can’t wait to see more this year xReplyCancel

  • Jordanna Marston - Gorgeous stuff Pat – my 3 faves are the Trinity Buoy Wharf staggered group shot, the kids on the metal stairs and the B&G with the men peeking from the roof. Awesome. Best wishes for 2016 xReplyCancel

  • Bill - A wonderful collection, Pat – many congratulations, and I hope your 2016 is even better than 2015!! Park bench 1 if I had to choose…… 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jason - Hey Pat, this looks like a knockout year buddy. I love your use of timing and connection with your subjects (makes you sound like a King). The man and little girl sat on the stairs is beautiful, I love it so much mate! Bravo.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Mr Kelman. What a year you’ve had. Such diversity – in the weddings, and your shots. My favourite is still the couple on the millenium bridge! You’re going to have a brilliant 2016.ReplyCancel

  • Claudia Rose Carter - This is a simply great collection Pat, you can really see your style evolving and shining through these images. You must be so proud of your year 🙂 Here is to creating amazing things in 2016 xReplyCancel

  • Cat Ekkelboom-White - Wow. Pat. Some absolutely incredible photography here. You have such a great eye for composition. Do you think through each image or are they quite intuitive?ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Hi Cat, thanks so much for the lovely comment. Weddings are so fast paced that I try not to overthink things – so pretty much every image is intuitive to some extent, informed by my experience. I am very fortunate to have had composition drummed into me at school by my art teacher who got me started in photography (a very long time ago), and my passion for movies and the work of fantastic cinematographers through the years. And I’m sure the 5 years I spent teaching Media Studies helps too. Thing is though, I’m learning every day, and each of these images is also informed by the personality of the couple and the atmosphere of the venue. So it’s a bit of everything really 🙂 xReplyCancel

South Bank Pre-wedding shoot – Sam and John

Sam and John have just celebrated their marriage at Trinity Buoy Wharf, but this is a time capsule taking them back a couple of months to when I spent a lovely afternoon with them creating some gorgeous images at the South Bank.

Their wedding day was utterly spectacular (see a shot from the wedding in my Top Five Images of the Summer post), but I think this engagement shoot is utterly charming and lovely too.

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Five Selections from the Summer

I have had a wonderfully busy Summer Season this year, and I have been blessed to have some amazing couples to work with.

My photographer friends and myself have been challenging ourselves with tasks this week and today was my turn. The challenge I set was to select the five best frames taken this year so far and create a Blog Post explaining my choices.

It all seemed so simple when I wrote it, but oh so difficult in practice.

I’ve had so many fantastic experiences this Summer, and built up relationships with such wonderful people who have trusted me with one of the most important days of their life. I can’t help but be incredibly grateful.

Every picture has brought back a memory, every smile, every kiss, every meaningful look I revisited in my work has made me happy and proud.

So, here’s my selection, in no ranking order. If I were to do this exercise again tomorrow, I may well choose five different frames, but here are mine for today…

Isi and Tom

Isi and Tom are getting married next year, and we did the Pre-Wed/Engagement shoot early because Isi wanted a shot to use for her “Save The Date” cards. They turned out to be enormous fun, larking around in St James’ Park. Initially tentative, by the end of the session they were throwing themselves into their role with gusto – and this playful shot of them surrounded by members of the public reminds me of one of my favourite sessions of the season. I adore mixing Street Photography with staged moments, and this image is, I think, an absolute belter.

Engagement Photography Pat Kelman

Sam and John

This is the most recent wedding I worked on, only last Saturday, so perhaps I still have the excitement and adrenaline rushing through my veins! Sam and John’s wedding was absolutely spectacular. It was at one of my favourite wedding venues, the epic Trinity Buoy Wharf, the scene of Alice and Chris’ amazing wedding last year.

Last year I did a gorgeous Lighthouse shot of Alice and Chris, and the feedback from my colleagues was amazing, but there were a couple of pointers I could work on. Ever eager to improve, I took the feedback on board and made sure the image I took this week was absolutely spot-on in terms of symmetry and posing. I think Sam and John totally nailed it.

Trinity Buoy Wharf Wedding Photography - Pat Kelman Photography

Ajita and Nil

This Summer also saw my first full-on Indian wedding, which was utterly amazing. After a stunning Pre-Wed shoot together, Ajita and Nil trusted me to do my best with an unfamiliar ceremony (luckily they assigned a number of family members to guide me through so I didn’t miss anything!) and I did my best to rise to the occasion.

I adore placing people in their surroundings, so when I saw the Temple and the gardens at the Oshwal Centre I knew we had something incredible on our hands. I hope you agree.


Demelza and David

I’ve been blessed with some gorgeous venues to shoot this year, and it seemed like every one was better than the one before. Demelza and David had their wedding reception at the stunning Old Hall in Stuntney, with amazing views of Ely and the Cathedral. But my favourite shot of that day was this lovely moment when we were shooting portraits in the evening.

Old Hall Stuntney Wedding Photography by Pat Kelman Photography

Vicky and Torben

Another mansion house, this time the incredible Carriage Barn at Nether Winchendon House. I love finding either nooks and crannies to shoot in or vast expanses of land to work with, and this venue had it all. But as an old romantic, nothing beat the brooding glory of the lawn with the mansion in the background. I think this is one of the most beautiful images I’ve ever taken.

Carriage Barn Nether Winchendon House Wedding Photography by Pat Kelman

So I hope you agree it’s been an incredible Summer for me. I’m so fortunate to be able to do something I love so much and to be present for such lovely, beautiful souls. I can’t help but care for the couples I work with, and I hope the affection I feel shows up in every frame I take.

Thank you for accompanying me on this little review of the last Six months or so, and I’d love it if you would take the time to leave a message or comment below. And if you’d like to talk to me about working with you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Venue Links

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Oshwal Centre

The Old Hall, Stuntney




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  • Nathalie - Buttercup Bus - Gorgeous pictures! My fave is the Demelza and David photo.ReplyCancel

  • jonny - Amazing Pat, love them all. Great work my friend xReplyCancel

  • Anna - Pat – what a lucky boy you are to have had such a varied summer of work. My favourite is the first. You’re right – it really is a belter. xReplyCancel

Nether Winchendon House Wedding Photography – Preview

Nether Winchendon House is such an amazing venue for Wedding Photography. Vicky and Torsen could not have chosen a more photogenic location for their wedding – so many nooks and crannies and such dramatic landscape to photograph!

And I haven’t even mentioned the church yet… !

I’m so excited to share this wedding photography with you – they were a spectacular couple and the day was absolutely epic. So, in anticipation of a full post in a few weeks, here is a very small preview of what is to come…

Nether Winchendon House Wedding Photography by Pat KelmanNether Winchendon House Wedding Photography by Pat KelmanNether Winchendon House Wedding Photography by Pat Kelman

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  • Claudia Rose Carter - Beautiful Pat. Less is always more. Beautiful compositions – clean and simple and evocative. xxReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thank you so much Claudia! I’m really proud of these shots XReplyCancel

  • Katie de Silva - Beautiful pictures Pat, I’m sure the rest to follow are just as stunning. Yes, the first image is my favourite. For me it marks the end of a wonderful day which I think speaks through this picture. I also love the last shot and how you’ve captured the couple laughing and soaking up their time in the spotlight. I think the detail in the bridge reflects the style of their wedding and I love the contract with the couple and the environment. Great work Pat!ReplyCancel

  • Gaëtan Gaumy - Nice preview Pat! Beautiful picture, simple and moody, I like the way you are using perspective, especially in the second one with the “peer”. And I like your strong black and white contrats who add a kind of dramatic touch!ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thank you Gaëtan – I absolutely adore your work so I’m very flattered!ReplyCancel

  • jonny - I’d bet if anyone showed me these I’d know they were shot by you Pat.. I’d put money on it. And that’s testament to your style and your unique sensitivity when composing an image. You have an old romantic soul Mr Kelman and it shows in your images. Your images connect the couple to you and the viewer with the story you’re showing xxReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Almost brought a tear to my eye, Jonny! I’m so grateful for your lovely, thoughtful comment mate xReplyCancel

  • Paula - Lovely work. Love the emotion you caught when they were coming back down the aisle. And the bridge shot… awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thank you so much Paula. Really grateful you’ve taken time to comment.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Turnbull - These are so striking and dramatic.
    I especially like the feel of the last frame.
    It’s very human and smile making 🙂
    That first one is brilliantly brooding and a touch gothic.

    • Pat Kelman - Thanks Lucy – I’ve long admired your work and it’s lovely to receive your feedback. I’m very touched.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Lawrence - Gorgeous work Pat. It is simple and honest and beautiful and confident. The first image is made for me by the mowing pattern in the grass that leads the eye. The second I love the contrast between the manmade geometric bridge and the soft landscape behind. And the third is full of lovely light and emotion and I love the sense of movement in the congregation too. Looking forward to seeing more of this wedding.ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thanks Susie – it’s so lovely to receive such a warm and generous comment. I hope to be sharing the rest of the images in a few weeks and I’ll let you know when I do 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gary (aka Marshal Gray) - Signature work mate. Very simple, and very cinematic especially the first frame. There is an elegance to your work mate that I really value. Very excited for the full post. What I love about your work Pat is that you stay true to yourself. You know what you love and you photograph from that place. go man!ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thanks so much G – I’m so grateful for all the feedback, support and inspiration you’ve given me over the last couple of years. You’ve encouraged me to grow and to find my voice. Thank you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Marina - Lovely images. I really like the first one, it feels so cozy and warm. It seems likea he is telling her: ‘come on honey, let me take you home. I think it is my favourite out of the three. ‘ Beautiful second frame, I’m a fan of moody photos and I love high contrast in the black and whites. Nice colour in the last one, the composition is spot on and the use of light is great.ReplyCancel

    • Pat Kelman - Thanks Marina – I try to make pretty much all of my images tell a story, and I’m so grateful to hear that you’ve responded to that. Thank you xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Love the top b&w photo – beautiful.ReplyCancel