A Heavenly Devon Wedding By Fiona Walsh Photography

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Wedding Photographer: Fiona Walsh

Couple: Becca & Trev
Ceremony Location: Shilstone House
Reception Location: Shilstone House

Wedding Date: 22 July 2017



Tell us a little about yourself…

Fun, romantic, good natured. Happiest on the beach, climbing a mountain, and dancing my feet off!

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

I guess they would say I like to make the most of things, I look for a good laugh, sensitive, and very caring.

Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…

There were so many personalised wedding ideas it was amazing and truly made it bespoke to them. The groom, Trev, actually arrived by helicopter!! The wedding ceremony was emotional and delightful to photograph. Becca is so expressive with her emotions that I could really feel what she must have felt. Her friend sang Songbird by Eva Cassidy during the signing of the registry, it was angelic like, I could see why it made Becca cry.

Afterwards, their darling labrador, Busby, was waiting for them. Super excited to see them, he even had a silver bow on!

After the speeches the sky was absolutely perfect. There were a few fluffy clouds, the sun was going down, just right for some photos with the oak trees on the horizon. As we had a bit of rain earlier we even got a wedding photo with a rainbow in it!

Becca is a fabulous dancer so she and her friends performed a brilliant performance near the end of the night. Full of awesome poses and lots of fun!


How did you get into wedding photography?

I had just finished my psychology degree, and there was no work, when someone said I should think about photography I started to look into wedding photography and the rest is history.

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

10 years.

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Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Hopefully due to a decent quality in my photographs! I’ve invested in many different areas to increase my skill and knowledge. I think sitting still wouldn’t get you far. It’s so much fun to try out new things, and to push myself out of the box.

I’m sure that the relationship between photographer and couple weights in heavily. I love to be friends with my couples. It’s such a special and personal day to them I want my presence to add to their joy, for them to look back and feel so happy with the experience they had with me.

What is it about being a wedding photographer that you love?

Freezing precious moments in time so we can relive happy feelings of fun and love. I also love the camera allows us to see the beauty of life.

Fiona Walsh Photography_Shilstone House

Fiona Walsh Photography_Shilstone House


Why do you think people hire you?

I think it’s because my photos have a lot of colour, a lot of creativity, and romantic landscapes.

I also hope it’s because of my kind and caring and silly nature! I’ve been so humbled when I read thankyou cards from my couples. I didn’t know my presence meant so much to them in the way I handled any dramas, put them at ease etc.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

I really love seeing the beauty around the world, the cultures, the landscapes. There are so many places, but at the top of my list would be Italy and Hawaii.


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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Shooting with a holster around my waist I have 2 Nikon D750’s, speedlights, pocket wizards, a ‘light saber’, light stands etc.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?

The whole day presents many challenges, they get easier due to having done so many weddings as the challenges are similar e.g. restrictions during the ceremony, bad weather, lack of time. It’s just being able to juggle a lot of things all at once that presents the hard work, whilst being on your feet for so long.

Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Yea I guess I approach it in a relaxed and kind way, I want my couples to feel completely at ease with me around so they can be themselves. I approach it enthusiastically, to enhance the experience for them as it’s such an important day.

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Who or what inspires you?

Heartwarming exchanges between two people. Exceptional landscapes, they make me feel alive. Having the couple see, through the photos, just how beautiful they are.

Share your favourite image of the day…

It’s the clean symmetry I love about this one. The colours, the light. It all just feels satisfying!

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?

I’m a fan of Ross Harvey’s work for its deep quality, for its colour, for its beauty.

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If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

I’d love to work in neuroscience or biopsychology.

Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?

Winning the South West Wedding Photographer competition was pretty nice, but I’d also say getting married!


Fiona Walsh Photography_Shilstone House

Fiona Walsh Photography_Shilstone House

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