My Approach to Wedding Photography

Family, Friends & Fun are the key ingredients

Storytelling ~ Unobtrusive ~ Reportage

I love to capture the natural flow of the day with all the love, laughter, and tears of joy!

As a documentary wedding photographer, my idea of wedding photography is most certainly not, to make you stand there in a line and look straight at the camera in a regimented formal style.

Capturing the natural flow of the day, as a documentary wedding photographer, means I capture the laughter, and tears of joy. I'll photograph all the excitement and even some of the nerves. I want to show the emotion as it was on the day!  I never lose sight of it's your day, not mine.

I love the buzz of the morning Prep, the girls and boys getting ready, hair, make-up, I'll be there. When you're both looking directly at each other during the ceremony, and it feels like you are in your most beautiful dream come true, I'll be there to capture it. When your favorite song comes on and you dance for the first time as a married couple I'll be there, and when you're parting with friends and family I'll be there. 

Documentary wedding photography is my way of storytelling, truly documenting the story of your day and everyone who came to celebrate your marriage with you both. 

Your wedding photographs will a lasting reminder of not only what your wedding day looked like but most importantly will bring those memories flooding back of how you felt.

bride and groom

Karina & Luke

We can not thank Shiralee enough for the beautiful shots she took of our wedding. Not only did Shiralee get some amazing shots that capture our day perfectly, but she made us feel completely at ease and fitted in with our day seamlessly. Shiralee was professional, friendly, and helpful. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer. Thank you, for helping make our day so special! xx (Review from Google)

Choosing the right Photographer

How to choose the right photographer? Wow, Where shall I start?

Every couple has different style likes and must-haves, this style will run through your colour scheme to your wedding theme to the wedding outfits. Are you drawn to the light whimsical with muted colours or are you drawn to the real-life storytelling style of a documentary wedding photographer?

Another plus for deciding on your wedding photography style well ahead of time is this can help guide the rest of your wedding planning, by knowing your true style.

The Real Story

For me, I want to capture you your family, and your friends as your real selves. Enjoying the wedding day the emotion, the joy the laughter, documenting the fun, how great will those photographs be to look back on! rather than me posing groups of people standing in an awkward group... 1,2,3 and smile, sorry that's not what I do.

Fun family groups

I was lucky enough to have Shiralee photograph my Wedding at Pontlands Park near Chelmsford. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She put me at my ease, was unobtrusive, and from the sneak preview I’ve had of a few photos, Shiralee will be giving us wonderful photos that capture our very special day.

Julie & Doug

The new Mr and Mrs

The album that Shiralee designed for us is stunning beyond my dreams, she truly captured the whole day and all the little things too.

Emma & Lewis


As our horse was going to be at our wedding, we wanted a photographer who knew about horses. Shiralee was our perfect photographer as she also owns horses.

Manor & Dan

wedding Bentley Church

Shiralee's advice on how to plan our confetti photograph was amazing, if you love the confetti photographs listen to her!

Kelly & Aaron


Kind Words

Karina & Luke

The Groom's Nan said...

Shiralee came up to Scotland to photograph the Wedding of my Grandson Lewis Thomson to his beautiful Bride Emma Rose Bradshaw.

The photos were spectacular and the scenery surrounding the castle where the Wedding took place was awesome.

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Shiralee planned a big surprise with my Mum

Shiralee has by far put the fun into our wedding.  She is not only professional and wants to get the best photos for your day to look back on, but she was one of the most upbeat and fun people you could want at your wedding / party / photography session.

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I just knew that I wanted Shiralee as my Photographer

Shiralee is a very talented and professional photographer and is a great joy to work with.

I’m so glad I chose Shiralee to photograph our wedding as she has a fantastic eye for detail and gets the shots she wants.

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We first see Shiralee's Wedding photos on FaceBook

When we first booked our wedding Shiralee caught my eye on Facebook for her beautiful photos. I gave her the challenge to get some nice ones of myself my husband and also my Mum as we all hate our photos being taken.

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Shiralee Photographed our Wedding

Shiralee is the most energetic and friendly yet professional photographer ever! If you want the perfect photos of your precious memories...
5 stars don’t even come close to this lady’s work.

Amazing, She just blends in

We only wanted a couple of group photos for Mum. What we wanted was natural, unposed photos that told the story of our wedding day. Shiralee fitted in and what she was able to capture was exactly what we wanted and some.

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