Bride & groom leaving the registry office and being covered in confetti. Shelby Ellis, Kent UK and destination wedding photographer

Kent based Shelby Ellis produces clean, honest wedding photography. Shelby is passionate about capturing natural shots of beautiful moments.

Hello! I’m Shelby Ellis, a UK & destination wedding photographer based in Kent.

I have been passionate about photography since I was little – which is quite something for me, as I’m about 6ft tall!

I’ve photographed weddings for several years now, and I fell in love from the very first one. It’s just such a special feeling to have the privilege of capturing such an important day in a couple’s life.

As a wedding photographer, I specialise in capturing candid moments and natural emotions– all the laughter and tears of a wedding celebration. My style favours documentary-like story telling rather than posed or staged shots, and my clients love how relaxed this makes them and their wedding guests feel on the day.

Whether your wedding is just down the road or in a different country – nowhere is too far for me to go to capture your special day. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph several destination weddings over the years in dreamy locations in France, Italy, Greece and the Channel Islands. I have a long list of destinations I’d love to add to my portfolio so send me a message if you’re marrying abroad.

No matter what your plans, I’m up for anything – if you’re recently engaged and looking for a wedding photographer who adores her work and is never happier than when she is documenting weddings, please do get in touch.

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I recently had the pleasure of hiring Shelby as our wedding photographer and the experience was absolutely phenomenal. From start to finish, Shelby demonstrated exceptional professionalism, talent, and dedication, ensuring that our special day was captured in the most beautiful and memorable way possible. My fiancé and I were nervous since we had never taken professional pictures before, but Shelby maintained a calm and friendly demeanor throughout the entire process, making us feel at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. Her ability to capture candid moments and genuine expressions is a testament to her skill in creating a relaxed atmosphere. In terms of professionalism and communication, Shelby was outstanding. She promptly responded to our inquiries, provided clear explanations, and demonstrated a genuine passion for her craft. We wholeheartedly recommend Shelby to anyone seeking a wedding photographer who can capture the essence of their special day in a truly magical way. Thank you, Shelby for creating timeless memories that we will cherish forever!

Sophia & Tyler

Shelby was absolutely fantastic photographing our wedding in June 2023. We loved the style of her photos from her portfolio, and have been so so happy with the wedding photos we now have too! Shelby was communicative and helpful when booking, and we were really pleased to have a couples shoot included in the package to feel fully comfortable with being in front of the camera. Those photos too are lovely to have, and we could even use them for wedding invites! On the day itself, Shelby was calm, professional, always poised and ready, and never ever felt in the way or intrusive. I don’t know how she managed to get so many incredible photos of the whole day. Her style meant she captured many lovely candid moments and nothing felt posed or forced. Shelby was also very helpful in helping with the bride’s dress, and was a lovely presence to have around. Would highly recommend! Shelby thank you so much for capturing such perfect photos of our favourite day!

Lorna & Matt

Shelby was the first supplier that we booked for our wedding in April 2023, after meeting her at a wedding fair and seeing her work we knew immediately that we wanted her to photograph our wedding. She had the perfect balance of natural and romantic shots whilst also getting the classic wedding photos. She was so perfect for the whole day of the wedding. She was so relaxed and friendly yet professional and so nice to have around for the day. She was so helpful and went above and beyond, from being on hand to fix the grooms broken button hole, to constantly ‘floofing’ my dress to make sure it looked perfect in every shot. We received sneak peaks a few days after the wedding which were beyond perfect, they captured every important moment of the day so perfectly and it was so nice to have them so soon after the wedding to be able to share the biggest moments with extended friends and family. When we were sent the full wedding album, it did not disappoint. We love every photo and there are no words to describe how perfect they all are, they are more than we could have wished for. Everyone we have sent/shown them to have also said how brilliant the photos are. They capture the joy and emotion of the day amazingly and they are something we will treasure forever.

Bernie & Dan

We chose Shelby as our photographer for our wedding in November 2022 and we were so happy with the whole experience. I’ve got a squint and spent most of my life anxious about photos, especially how this would look/feel on the wedding day. Shelby was incredibly understanding about this. The included pre wedding shoot was great to get more comfortable with this. I found it so helpful to get to know Shelby and the kind of photos we could expect. On the day, Shelby was kind, thoughtful, helpful and I loved having her around as part of my morning prep. She was such a calming and grounding influence and I always felt like she genuinely had a nice day! Most of all, the photos are incredible and we got them back SO quickly. They were also really easy to access. We’ve been very spoilt. Would recommend Shelby to any couple.

Sophie & James

Shelby is amazing and we cannot recommend her enough! She photographed our wedding and did such an incredible job; the photos blew us away and we cannot stop looking at them. She was fantastic on the day, a true professional and she captured the day so beautifully. We also did two couples' shoots with her before the big day - she made them so much fun and she instantly made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We will treasure all of our photos forever and we cannot thank her enough!

Andreea & Lucas

Shelby was the photographer at our wedding this summer and did an unbelievably good job capturing our day. Not only did she take all of the traditional posed shots that we wanted beautifully - we were blown away by the candid shots which encapsulated the feel of the day to a tee. She was easily able to switch between ultra organised and 'go with the flow' as required, and remained thoroughly professional even as we became less so as the day went on. If we did the day all over again Shelby would be the first 'supplier' I'd get booked in.

Kate & Josh

I don’t know where to begin with this review. Shelby is incredible and makes you feel so comfortable from the moment you meet on the engagement shoot. On our wedding day Shelby just did her thing and we barely noticed she was there. Not only that but Shelby worked incredibly well with our videographer and together we got the best coverage of our day. Shelby is so talented and really cares about capturing everything you want on the big day. Our photos came back so quick and we were gobsmacked to receive them within a few weeks of our wedding. We haven’t stopped looking at them and can’t quite decide what we should get printed as they are all fabulous!

Andri & Mo

What can I can... Shelby is just amazing!! From when we first met Shelby at a wedding fair she was so friendly, helpful and lovely - so much so we actually cancelled our wedding photographer so we could book her! And she absolutely did not disappoint. Right from the start of the booking process Shelby was attentive and helpful and answered my many many questions with no trouble at all. At our pre wedding photoshoot she put us at ease and made us feel so comfortable and the results were incredible, I've never seen such beautiful photos, that was until we received our wedding day gallery. Wow! Shelby was amazing on the day, a real calming presence and she offered help and advice when we needed it (like how to cut a wedding cake properly!). We absolutely could not fault Shelby, she was brilliant in every sense and the photos she has produced are beyond what we could have imagined. Shelby we cannot thank you enough for capturing the special moments of our day, moments that will now be able to treasure forever. Thank you so so much for being the wedding photographer of our dreams!

Sam & Nathan

How many hours do you shoot for on a wedding day?

ALL of my packages include full day coverage from prep to first dance. Rather than cap my services at a certain number of hours I work with the schedule of your day to ensure that no special moments are missed. As a guide, I generally suggest my arrival 1.5-2 hours before the ceremony to capture morning prep, and finishing around 30 minutes after the first dance to capture all those dance floor party shots!

Do you travel and how much does travel cost?

Absolutely I travel - both within the UK and abroad. I have been lucky enough to photograph weddings in such amazing locations as France, Italy, Greece and the Channel Islands - nowhere is too far! Please do get in touch if you're marrying abroad, I'd love to hear from you!

My UK wedding packages don't include any extra for travel as I typically don't charge for this unless it's over 100 miles away - then I may need to add a bit extra to cover the cost of excess mileage and a hotel stay (or perhaps train/plane travel e.g. Scotland) which I would discuss with you first.

How soon after the wedding will we receive our photographs?

This typically depends on the time of year (i.e. longer in peak season), but even though my contract states 4-6 weeks I tend to deliver wedding galleries much quicker than this - 2-3 weeks if I don't have a lot of backlog! (For couples sessions or other smaller shoots you can expect to wait 1-2 weeks for your gallery.)

How many images will we receive?

I get asked this question with almost every enquiry, and it really is a "how long is a piece of string?" kind of question! The number of images I can deliver depends entirely on your wedding - the length of the day, number of guests, and whether you have a second shooter are all factors. As a really rough estimation I would say for a full day wedding covering morning prep to first dance with no second shooter, a minimum of 600 images can be expected. But as I say, this is entirely dependant on each individual wedding and I have been known to deliver more than double this amount on numerous occasions! Also, the more beautiful details you have for me to capture the better :)

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