It’s impossible not to get excited yourself when talking to Kelly about photography. She bubbles over with enthusiasm and clearly loves her work.
The 27-year-old from Larne works full-time as a photographer, after developing her love of the medium by studying art in school and following that up with an art and media studies course at Ballymena tech.
After working with B&W film and getting creative in the dark room, she went on to buy her first digital camera at the age of 22 and hasn’t looked back.
We first noticed Kelly’s talent when she assisted the brilliant Jessica Weber on our fashion shoots.
“I met Jessica around three year ago when I attended one of her fashion workshops. She asked me to assist her on shoots and I did things like set up the lighting. I went on from there, doing Style Spotter for Sugahfix and working on bigger jobs.”
Kelly’s talent for style spotting and her natural rapport with people has created some fabulous images for our galleries.
“Working on Style Spotter is brilliant,” she says. “I’m very chatty so it’s not difficult for me to go up to strangers and ask them if I can take a photograph, and most people say yes. In this job it’s important to be able talk to people. I used to be shy so I had to force myself to begin with, but once you do it once it’s easy, people are always very nice.”
Now, with her wedding photography career building pace, we think she’d be the perfect person to capture all the best moments of your special day.
I want to capture memories for the couple. Weddings are so long in the planning and then it’s over in a day, and it can feel like a bit of a blur to the couple. I like that I can give them something tangible that they can sit and reminisce over when it’s all done and they can look back and remember all the special moments.”
Kelly built up experience working for local wedding photographer Peter Thomas, editing and acting as his second shooter, which allowed her to get a feel for a couple’s wedding day. “Choosing a wedding photographer is a big decision, and as a photographer you only have one day, but I love it. I love being around happy people, I love weddings,” she explains.
“I couldn’t do it if I didn’t love it, because there’s a lot of pressure. You have to be on the ball the whole time. It’s someone’s big day, so I like to talk to the couple beforehand and that way we all feel more comfortable.
“There are few females in wedding photography, and I’ve found being a woman gives me an advantage. The brides love having you there when they’re getting ready and I’ve become friends with all the brides and kept in touch with them afterwards in every shoot I’ve done.”
Being able to put people at their ease while sussing out the best shots is what we love about Kelly. And she pours as much effort and enthusiasm into her fashion shoots as she does her wedding photography.
“I’d like to keep doing both for as long as I can,” says Kelly. “Every wedding and fashion shoot is different. With Style Spotter I look for people who are comfortable in their own skin and in what they’re wearing and who have thought about what they’re wearing. The fashion shoots are great fun too, it doesn’t even feel like work.”
To contact Kelly, find her on Facebook at Kelly McAllister Photography www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-McAllister-Photography or phone her on 07718278982.
To check out Kelly’s bridal fashionshoot ‘Discheveled Grandeur’ (Pictured top left) click here
Photography by Kelly McAllister.