Best wedding photographer – The Wedding Industry Awards finalist

This year I was nominated by one of my lovely couples as Best Wedding Photographer in The Wedding Industry Awards. I have entered these awards before and was thrilled for the third year running to be announced as one of the regional finalists. There are many awards you can go for in the wedding industry but these have always appealed more than most, as the process really involves the clients you work for each year. They vote and comment and their personal feedback is what counts to get to you through as a finalist. The standard was very high for wedding photographers this year. While this means that its tough competition, it also means that the quality that brides and grooms can expect from their photographer is getting better and better. This can only be a good thing.

2016 wedding industry awards regional finalist

I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to win the best photographer in the regional finals, however, unfortunately, this year wasn’t my year. There was very much a silver lining to the slightly brief cloud of not winning. That silver lining was receiving the comments from all my couples who took the time to vote. To say they stopped me in my tracks is an understatement. I have been blown away by the wonderful feedback and the loveliest words from the brides and grooms whose weddings I have photographed in the past 12 months. To provide the most special experience and be there as a support to my couples, as well as their photographer, has always been my aim. From reading the comments I know I am doing the right things in my business. There is always room for improvement, but right now I am a very happy lady!

Before I share the comments I want to say a massive thank you to each and every one of my couples. Not only did you trust me to capture one of the most special days in your lives, but you took the time to vote for me and support me. I am now fully spurred on to make 2016 the most fabulous year and give the same level of service and experience.

Here are a few of the lovely things said by my brides and grooms:

Victoria & Haydn

“Finding a suitable wedding photographer to capture the precious moments of our Wedding day was up there with one of the most important decisions we had to make. Having met with a few good photographers we still felt like we hadn’t found ’the one’ until another well-known photographer passed us Fiona’s details & we set up a Skype chat to meet. Friendly, relaxed & very professional, Fiona Kelly was the best decision we made for our day & we couldn’t recommend her highly enough!”

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Sarah & Wayne

“We feel so lucky that Fiona was available for our wedding day. Fiona is so professional, and we emailed and met running up to the wedding day, she’s so organised, I think she knew our wedding day schedule better than us! And the photos!!! They are STUNNING! she made our wedding look like the perfect weddings in the magazines. So to sum up, Fiona is absolutely amazing, we love her!”

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David & Sophie
“Fiona was incredible throughout our wedding and indeed before during preparations and after when compiling our photos. We are delighted with how our day was captured, it was truly perfect. All of our guests commented on the quality of the photos and how striking they were, with particular attention paid to ’in the moment’ shots, one of our most important requirements. Beautiful photos from an excellent photographer that we forgot was even at the wedding! Thank you again, Fiona!”

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Caroline & Charlie
“Fiona is great, after our first meeting we knew she was the one – she is a real people person. Her photographers are beautiful, she has an amazing ability to capture all the details we somehow missed! Throughout our day, she reassured us when we felt nervous or overwhelmed and was really emotional support for us rather than just our photographer. Looking back on our pictures, we can’t thank her enough – we can look back on our beautiful memories as if it all happened yesterday.”

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Emma & James
“Fiona was friendly, calm, professional and a pleasure to have as part of our special day. She was able to take all of the group photos (there were a lot of different combinations) calmly and effortlessly which meant we had longer to spend with our guests. Fiona and her assistant were able to take natural photos throughout that day without any of the guests noticing their presence. The photographs she has taken are beautiful and will be a treasured memory of our perfect day.”

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Libbi & Matt
“I couldn’t recommend Fiona highly enough. She was a calming and relaxed presence on the day, we were extremely happy with the photos and have received lots of compliments on them. She worked very efficiently on the day, getting all the shots we wanted with a minimum of fuss. She was always very easy to get in touch with, and when she sent items such as the contract or the USB with the photos, the attention to detail in the packaging was always spot on.”

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Sam & Chris
“Fiona Kelly helped complete our special day. Fiona attended my address in the morning and felt like one of the family :-).”

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Siri & Mario
“Fiona is not only an incredibly talented photographer but also a very professional and friendly person. During the wedding preparations Fiona has been very attentive to our needs and very helpful in advising us and briefing us on how she works. Her responsiveness and her attention to details are second to none. On the wedding day she came very well prepared and showed great enthusiasm, creativity and patience with us and our guests to create the most amazing wedding pictures.”

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Leigh & Fraser
“Fiona was really amazing, we aren’t a couple who wanted stand-in-a-line photos and she really got us. From the minute we met, we both instantly knew she was right. Our package was perfect and Fiona listened to everything and had no worries about any of our questions and requests. Such a relaxed photographer and she just blends in and you don’t notice her she’s amazing!”

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Laurence & Markus
“Fiona managed to capture every little moment of our wedding day without being intrusive. Her ideas and suggestions were great and everyone at the wedding complimented us on her discretion and professionalism. She is definitely the one supplier I do not regret having booked for the day. The pictures were amazing and everyone praised her work.”

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Jo & Wil
“Fiona was an invaluable part of our big day. She was unobtrusive but ever-present; documenting the wedding without either of us noticing until we needed to. She was relaxed, helpful and ended up feeling like an old friend instead of a wedding contractor! The photos are far are beyond expectation. Fiona is awesome – and well-deserving of this nomination. We hope she wins!”

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Som & Jonny
“I was really worried about having a photographer – I come from India where photographers tend to be very brash and in your face – but Fiona was an absolute pleasure. From the first meeting, she put us completely at ease. She gave us great tips on how to plan for our photos. We got hugely positive comments about her from all our guests – she just blended in with the crowd. Her photos were fabulous – very natural and caught the moment.”

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Seema & Gavin
“Fiona and Jesse were wonderful to work with it! They ensured we were comfortable at all times and took into account what we wanted to achieve from our wedding day. We highly recommend Fiona to friends and family!”

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Lucy & Helder
“From the very first meeting, Fiona was on our wavelength. Given that we were getting married in an urban setting she was imaginative and very helpful, especially when it came to areas to pose at and making us feel at ease. She and her assistant blended in and it was almost as if they were not there. Nothing was too much trouble. Our photographs were everything we’d hoped for and captured our day perfectly. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Fiona and her assistant Jesse.”

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Nicola & Karl
“Fiona made me feel comfortable from the moment we started chatting at a wedding fair. Although I felt shy in front of the camera the finished product made me cry. Fiona captured the feel of the day and many small memories of the day”

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Natalie & Simon
“Fiona’s work is incredible, always. I feel compelled to look through every gallery she uploads because her photographs make me happy. Fiona photographed our wedding a few months ago, and our engagement shoot in Paris not long before that. She is a pleasure to work with, and our guests adored her. We have received nothing but compliments from our wedding photographs, most saying they are the best they’ve seen. Desperately seeking excuses to work with Fiona again.”

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Marlie & Philip
“Fiona was amazing to work with; very friendly, open and relaxed but also professional and keen to know our ideas and feelings. We felt very confident in her skills to translate our laid back day. The photos we have seen are even more beautiful than we’d expected. During the day, she was not intrusive at all, yet managed to capture every special moment in beautiful light and angles.”

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After going through these couples photos again I’m really looking forward to doing my round-up of 2015 blog post. I still have two weddings to shoot this month so it will be the new year when this will be ready to share. It will be one worth waiting for!

Thanks for popping by

Fiona x




Amazing photographs! I love the mood that you captured.
Good luck next year!

Thanks for the lovely comment, its very much appreciated

Congrats, your work is beautiful! Keep it up!

many thanks for the lovely comment.


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