Such a stunning day from start to finish celebrating Emma & Bobby’s wedding day at The Mill Barns. The venue was dressed beautifully by their chosen suppliers, Jam Jar Weddings & Events and Fairleys Bespoke Floristry. It was lovely to see them both tie the knot in front of the floral halo in the gorgeous arched window hosting a stunning backdrop of greenery and sunlight pouring in. We managed to get lots of intimate couple portraits in the gardens which we really enjoyed capturing together. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer, every moment was a dream to photograph!
Mr & Mrs Field celebrated in style with a traditional, fairytale wedding located in the Worcestershire countryside. The love from these two radiated throughout the day for everyone to see and it was such a romantic and relaxed atmosphere. Shane’s speech had me in tears it was so touching and heartfelt, it’s hard not to get swept away with all of the wonderful emotions sometimes.
Here was another classic case of a couple telling me that they HATE having their photographs taken, and that they find it quite awkward and nerve racking. Now, just take a second to look at the images we managed to create. Stunning!
This style of photoshoot works so well to conquer that nervous disposition in front of the camera ahead of the real thing. An engagement photoshoot enables my couples to try out different poses to suit them and also to feel more comfortable and relaxed with both myself and my camera, because natural shots always turn out the best!
I really enjoyed getting to know Ashley and Dan as we strolled around the Blackstone Riverside Park together taking pictures and discussing how they met and finding out their exciting plans for their hen / stag do’s! They are my first Bridebook couple and they are having a winter wedding this year at The Mill Barns, one of my favourite venues. I can’t wait to see them again in November!
Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family at Canon Hill Park in Birmingham, they had received a voucher for one of my family photo sessions for Christmas. It was a great afternoon spent outdoors in the spring sunshine and the children had lots of fun and enjoyed precious family time which I was able to capture naturally.
After shooting Louise & Scott’s amazing surprise wedding a few years ago, I was elated to hear the news of their pregnancy and I was honoured to be asked to photograph Louise with her bump and her baby. Here’s a few shots from the pregnancy shoot which will follow on soon with a baby shoot! Such a great idea for mummy’s to be! Doesn’t she look beautiful?
Celebrating the New Year with a Silver Award!
Out of thousands of participants for the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2019, Scarlett Shellis Photography won a Silver Bridebook Wedding Awards 2019 Badge of Excellence!
Thank you to everyone who voted for me by leaving such kind and meaningful reviews. I have recently signed up to this wedding planning site, so to have received this award in such a short timescale is very exciting!
I hope you are enjoying 2019 so far as much as I am. I’m always very appreciative of the endorsements I receive from my clients, family and friends. Even the little things, such as you reading my emails to see how I’m getting on means a lot to me, so thank you.
2018 has been a life changing year for me, personally and professionally. I have found myself this year and I think that this reflects in my work. I’ve identified a style that suits me and how I love to capture photographs. After studying photography at university from the age of 19 and now teaching photography full time, i’ve developed a unique insight into the way that photography tells the story of our lives. I’ve realised how important it is (and how much trust my couples put into me) to be a wedding photographer and my strongest asset is to never break that trust. My ultimate goal is to produce imagery that embodies everything my couples have been dreaming of in the lead up to their very special day, by capturing photographs that allow them to relive the moments they have treasured.
I always love to hear and see the individuality and personality that comes through in each wedding I photograph which shows unique personalities and different styles. It’s been so touching being a part of each and every one’s big moment in their lives this year and I’ve taken a step back and been able to shed a tear with a few whilst I am honoured to witness such magical events unfold. It never becomes a routine for me at a wedding because I become fully immersed in that moment with my couples, which results in real emotion and life within my photographs. I never feel like this is a job or that I’m doing this to earn a living, it just feels like this is something I was destined to do. I get so much pleasure from handing over my work to my couples and knowing that they can reflect and relive their day inch by inch, photograph by photograph.
I’ve received some overwhelming feedback this year which continues to motivate and inspire me. It also makes me feel so proud of what I do and I’m so thankful to the couples who put their trust in me and chose me to be their photographer. It’s not an easy decision to make when choosing someone to capture your wedding day and I can’t explain how appreciative I am to be that person. Here are some snippets of the amazing reviews and recommendations I have been given this year that mean the world to me:
‘Our wedding day, at Grafton Manor, was captured in just the way we wished and reflected how both my husband and I were feeling at that moment… Scarlett really made us feel as though we were the most important newlyweds she had ever photographed. She blended in effortlessly with our guests and captured moments from the day that we would have otherwise missed.’
‘Scarlett is friendly, professional and very talented and we absolutely love our wedding photos! She went out of her way to make sure we got all of the photos we wanted, she worked well with our other suppliers and captured our day perfectly.’
‘She has a natural flair for making people feel relaxed when composing photographs and makes having your photograph taken fun! The results speak for themselves, I can highly recommend her.’
‘Without a doubt, Scarlett is an extremely talented photographer, who captured every aspect of our wedding day to perfection. Her unobtrusive and friendly approach meant that she seamlessly photographed each special moment of the day. Our wedding guests have commented on both the incredible photographs as well as Scarlett’s flexible and professional style.’
‘I would not hesitate to hire Scarlett for any photography needs in the future. Thank you for being part of our special day and giving us lots of very special photographs for us to remember and look back on our day in the future. Thank you!’
‘We booked Scarlett for our wedding on a recommendation and we couldn’t be happier! From the start she was amazing, our engagement shoot was so relaxed and on our wedding day she was brilliant. Our photos are so so gorgeous. Scarlett, you are so wonderful to be around and we 100% will recommend you to everyone!’
‘Scarlett is a fantastic wedding photographer who bring some a chic and classy yet distinctive style. She really takes her time to capture the perfect pictures of the bride groom and their most special day.’
‘Scarlett was extremely professional and efficient at a wedding I attended. She captured all the special moments with some very creative shots with some stunning back drops. She manages to capture the emotion in every photo she takes which allows us to look back on a special day!’
Thank you again to all of the incredible couples, families and suppliers I’ve worked with this year, it’s been a real privilege and honour. I am looking forward to another successful year immersed in even more beautiful moments in photographs! Here are some of my favourites from this year:
Here’s to all of the beautiful brides I have photographed in 2018. What a stunning collection of inspiring bridal couture worn by all of these gorgeous ladies throughout the year. It’s been absolutely incredible being a part of each and everyone one’s special day and I feel so lucky to have been invited to photograph them. Thank you all for a great year of weddings! See you on the other side. All my love and best wishes, Scarlett.
Meet Emma from @emexflowers - a talented and creative florist specialising in weddings. Last weekend I had the pleasure of documenting her Christmas Wreath making workshop at The Courtyard in Wombourne. We had a little time to take some lovely natural portraits of her too.
I met this lovely couple for their engagement shoot and wedding consultation a few weeks ago in the cute little village of Wolverly. We walked along the canal footpath to get some nice photographs of them together amongst the gorgeous autumnal leaves. The heavens decided to open up on us and the rain came tumbling down (luckily they bought an umbrella with them, although I did not!)
On Saturday 20th October 2018, Claire and Anthony became Mr & Mrs Lilly at the beautiful venue, Grafton Manor in Worcestershire. They walked up the aisle in the most charming little chapel adjacent to the Manor, I was privileged to be there and to be a part of the wonderfully intimate and special ceremony inside. The grounds were spectacular and it was a joy to photograph such a stunning couple in the beautiful, autumnal light outside. From beginning to end it was a heart felt and romantic day and I just didn’t want it to end!
From start to finish, I felt totally immersed in the celebration of love between Heather and Tom. It was lovely to be there to capture the girls getting ready in the morning and helping them with last minute bits and pieces. Then it was on to the beautiful church of St Chads in Birmingham City Centre (the very heart of my hometown!) I’d been past this church so many times before but I never knew just how picturesque it was inside, I was mesmerised by the ornate interior and the welcoming atmosphere that it offered. The ceremony was traditional and classy, with inspiring words spoken by the wonderful priest and stunning voices from the choir. We continued the celebrations back at Fairlawns Hotel which was also beautifully decorated by Heather herself! It was a great opportunity to get some lovely photographs of the newly weds and their family outside in the pretty courtyard area where the late summer sun was beating down on us.
Today I met up with Lucy & Hadleigh at their wedding venue in Enville for their consultation and pre wedding photoshoot. They bought their two beautiful daughters along with them to join in with the photographs in the woodland nearby. In between running around hunting for fairies in the trees, we managed to get some lovely photographs of them all together. I just love capturing these natural, special moments.
What a dream it has been working with Jen & Ben. From the very beginning when we first met at their engagement photoshoot, it was so lovely getting to know them and hearing about all of their exciting plans for the wedding at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire. The venue was truly magnificent, with an interesting juxtaposition of new and old architecture, a joy to photograph. It was incredible seeing all of their amazing ideas come alive on the big day and how spectacular it was to witness. I felt so welcome and a part of their day and I really loved capturing every bit of it. Now on to creating a bespoke wedding album for the beautiful newly weds!
Huge congratulations to Keith and Sophie who tied the knot in Hopwood last week. What a beautiful couple they make, I can see a long life of laughter and love for them both.
Another lovely wedding at The Heath Hotel, Bewdley, this time for Donna & Pete. It was a true romantic, fairytale wedding in the lush outdoors with the sun beaming down on us. The children were like little pixies dancing around in the grass all day and everyone was just so happy for the wonderful newly weds!
It was a boiling hot and sunny bank holiday Monday when I met up with the lovely bride and groom to be, Claire and Anthony. Both of them grew up at opposite sides of the Woodgate Valley, and that is where they used to meet up as a midway point! (So cute!) Obviously, this was the perfect location to choose for their pre wedding photographs. It was a walk down memory lane for them, while I casually snapped away and got some lovely photos of them together.
Engagement shoots are complimentary with all of my Wedding Photography packages, and they really are a great way for the bride and groom to practice some poses in front of the camera and feel more comfortable with having their photographs taken. It is also a perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other and chat about wedding plans!
Joe recently proposed to his high school love, Lucy (who said yes!) in the most romantic of places, Stratford Upon Avon. Her friends bought them this engagement photo session as a surprise engagement present, how lovely! They were the cutest couple to work with, I didn't have to direct them much as they were so affectionate with one another. We captured lots of wonderful little moments of them together in Shakespeare's birthplace.