Engaged couple at Portchester Castle with groom to be reflected in sunglasses

Lisa & Steve – Pre-wedding at Porchester Castle

Lisa and Steve will be our first Military wedding. They are getting married at Larkhill Church with the reception at The Royal School of Artillery. I have wanted to shoot a military wedding for ages so I’m really excited.

We met them for their pre-wedding shoot at Portchester Castle on a glorious evening in mid May.

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Engagemed couple in Portsmouth
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle
Engagemed couple in Portchester castle

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The little things – The selfie

Amy wanted a picture with the boys

Amy wanted a picture with the boys but they wanted pictures of their own on their own ipads and phones. Struggling to get the shot on his own Amy suggested that they take one together. It’s a lovely little moment as big brother waits in line for his “photo op.”

This is my favourite image from the day. Although I don’t describe us as documentary wedding photographers – I believe that the photography is part of the experience – some of the best images are unplanned and unscripted.

Observational couture

Probably 80% of a wedding is shot purely observationally without any intervention but our clients also want beautiful and unique portraits. Combining reportage and fashionable is what we are about. I will have to think of a cool catchphrase like “Observational couture” – (maybe I just thought of it).

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Amy and the boys at the Hotel Du Vin

Engaged couple standing in Park Street Bristol

Bristol pre-wedding photography – Laura and Elliott

Back to Uni, where they first met

Laura and Elliott met at uni and wanted to go back there for their Bristol pre-wedding photography. The Wills Memorial building was the focal point for them and so we met them in Park Street. I love urban photography and Bristol is such a cool place. Laura was a little shy of the camera at first especially in the crowds of shoppers, but I stood in the middle of the road and waved at passers by to prove that no-one takes any notice – we are British after all (Luckily no-one waved back).

We did some funky freelensing and long exposures to get people and traffic blurred. It’s hard to get blurred people walking as most will politely wait for you to take the picture or try to duck under. Any encouragement to carry on walking leads to confusion and half ducks. Once we got going the nerves disappeared and Laura loved it.

I know I say it all the time but we do have the best clients and we are very excited to be shooting their wedding photography at Abbey House Gardens in July.

If you are getting married in Bristol or anywhere else in the known universe we would love to hear from you so contact us here and tell us all about your big day.

Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography
Brstol pre-wedding photography at Wills memorial building
Engaged couple stand in traffic  in Bristol
Engaged couple kiss in Wills memorial building

If you are getting married in Bristol or anywhere else in the known universe we would love to hear from you so get in touch and tell us all about your big day.

bride and groom hold umbrellas at abbey house gardens

Here comes the rain again

Everyone wants a beautiful sunny day for their wedding. What people don’t realise is that the sun can bring it’s own issues for photographers – people squinting, too much contrast, deep shadows, burnt out highlights and so on. Of course a decent photographer can deal with this and still produce gorgeous images but what happens if it rains?

We live in the UK and as we know this winter has been a rainfest but rainy weddings are still rare. We haven’t shot many rainy weddings but when it does rain we just deal with it as we would with anything else. In the UK most weddings are mainly indoor affairs anyway so it really just means that we have to find some decent light and shoot a few extra indoor shots instead of going outside. Documentary wedding photographers can just say “Well that’s just what happened on the day.” But we market beautiful wedding portraits as our selling point and so we need to deliver those whatever the situation.

In most cases it’s a question of the intensity of the rain and whether it’s a day of showers. drizzle or constant rain. Those factors decide whether we stay indoors, shoot in doorways, in windows or whether we get the chance to go outside between soakings.

Bride and groom on sofa at Kings Weston House

For Kate and Eddie’s wedding at Kings Weston House it was drizzle all day. We did manage to get all the guests outside for an “Everyone” shot but the steps was the furthest we could venture.


bride and groom hold umbrellas at abbey house gardens


Andrew and Shannon’s wedding at Abbey House Gardens was constant drizzle. But Abbey House Gardens are prepared with umbrellas.


bride walking towards groom at Lainston House


Chris and Claire were married at Lainston House in August and it was bright and sunny between huge downpours so we were constantly in and out.


windy wedding on bournemouth beach venue

The most challenging weather I have had to deal with was not rain. It was wind. Gabby and James’ wedding at Bournemouth Beach Venue was blowing a gale and everything was sandblasted – look at the deckchairs in the background. Sand gets everywhere no matter how much you try to keep things covered.

Pre-wedding photography

Couple in silhouette at Clifton Observatory

Most of my clients say “We want natural photographs, none of those cheesy posed photos.” Which is weird right? I mean when you look at my galleries most of the images are posed portaits. I love doing those. I love to construct an image and I love doing it with real people. So no posed photos? This is when I tell them that I translated what they just said and by posed they mean “Line ups”

“You want the posed photos but you don’t want endless line ups.”

“That’s right.”

“Great.”

My weddings are centered around the bride and groom. My focus is on taking the absolute best images that I possibly can. It’s all about the art, the unusual and the unique. I come to the wedding with some pre-conceived shots in my head. This is because I have seen the venue (usually) and I have met and shot with you so I know how you will be when I raise the camera. You know what to expect and there’s so much going on that you aren’t going to notice us much anyway.

That’s the beauty of the pre-wedding shoot. We will already know each other and you know what to expect on the day. I get a chance to experiment and try new things and you get settled and your nerves go away. Then on the wedding day we can whiz through the photos with ease.

Here’s some of my favourite pre-wedding images from this year –

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couple on Clifton Suspension Bridge

Guests inspect the Bride's ring at Grittleton House

The ring inspectors

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I don’t class myself as a documentary wedding photographer although most of the wedding photography is candid and unstructured. Personally I love to get involved and I think that the wedding photography is a big part of the wedding day experience. For me wedding photography is all about the art and however that art is created whether it is candid moments such as this or naturally posed images is really not the point.

Great candid images are fleeting and it is nailing those that is most satisfying. It has been said that in sports photography if you see the moment in the viewfinder then you have already missed it and that is true in weddings as well. You have to be prepared and constantly alert.

This little moment came after a I had shot Lucy on the stairs at Grittleton House. I love the attention from the ladies while the Bride shows disinterest. It shows that she is confident that her choice of ring will pass the scrutineering.

If you would like to talk to me about your wedding then please call 07582 139900 or email info@kevinbelson.com. For more information see the wedding gallery on my main website

London pre-wedding photography – Julia & James

This weekend we shot Julia and James’ pre-wedding photography in London. We timed it to fit with the SWPP convention so that we could go and have a look at some new albums, meet some of our existing suppliers and take advantage of some show offers.

On Sunday we met up with Julia and James in Docklands for their shoot. We hadn’t met before so it was great to meet up and talk about their wedding at The Great Tythe Barn in May. Being January it was freezing cold but glorious sunshine. I had heard horror stories of the security guards being over officious but apart from being questioned by a new guard every five minutes they were very nice and let us get on with it.

I love doing pre-wedding shoots. It’s great to work with real people who aren’t used to being photographed. Julia and James were brilliant and although we had to work quickly due to the cold, we got some amazing images. Docklands is an awesome place and I would love to do some more shoots around there. We only saw a tiny part and it would be great to be able to explore some more.

Now we’ve met I can’t wait for the wedding. We haven’t shot a wedding at The Great Tythe Barn before so it’s a new venue to look forward to with a fabulous couple.

Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London
Engagement Photography in London

Kings Weston House Wedding photography – Kate & Eddie

Friday 13th was the first wedding at Kings Weston House. We met Kate and Eddie at the wedding fair back in September. They booked us for their Bristol wedding photographers. I shot their engagement images at Clifton suspension bridge on a fabulous day in October. Even though the weather for the big day was a bit gloomy the house looked amazing under the stormy skies. Inside was all decorated for Christmas. Norman and Michele have done a wonderful job of transforming the house and it’s going to be a fantastic venue for all the 2014 couples.

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