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