2017 Leica Wedding Photography: John & Reema
Wedding Venue: Hengrave Hall, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6LZ
Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com
John & Reema
Last April (2017) I was invited to photograph John and Reema’s Hindu wedding at Hengrave Hall in Bury Saint Edmunds. John is my ‘little’ (youngest) brother so it was a family wedding with me attending as both a guest and the primary wedding photographer. We had already done the English wedding ceremony part at the registry office in London so this was the wedding part two! Hengrave Hall is a stunning wedding venue but quite a distance from Coventry. We all travelled from John and Reema’s home in London to Bury Saint Edmunds for a weekend of fun and for the Hindu wedding ceremony.
I used to photograph more Indian weddings than English weddings in the past, both Sikh and Hindu weddings. (This was before I moved to Leica so a few years ago now). Coventry had a large Indian population and I was working as a primary wedding photographer for a few different wedding photographers in the Indian community and also as a wedding videographer as part of an Asian wedding cinematography team using my Nikon D800 camera at the time for video. Since moving to Leica cameras I think my wedding style has become more suited to English weddings (white weddings) as I like to photograph a lot in black and white. Black and white weddings are my preferred style in most situations given the chance and also for model photography much of my work is B&W photography). I also use traditional film cameras and feel the look seems to suit the white wedding dress better, regardless of whether I am using colour film or black and white film.
For John and Reema’s wedding there was going to be lots of colour so every photo was taken in colour. I used two digitial Leica M cameras, the Leica M240 with wide lenses and a Leica M8 with the Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens. I found the wedding a lot of fun but equally very difficult to photograph. The lighting was not ideal for a lot of the day with a lot of colour cast inside and me needing to be in three places at once much of the time, as a guest and as the main wedding photographer so it was difficult to setup off cameras lights. That said really enjoyed the day, and seeing family and friends and John and Reema liked their wedding photos. I feel I could have done a far better job if I shot it all again but I guess that is how we improve! Below are a few sample images from John and Reema’s wedding.
Leica Wedding – Leica M240 + wide lenses (15mm,21mm,28mm)
Leica Wedding – Leica M8 + Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens
(Just a few token examples as I used the M240 as the main wedding camera)
Thanks John and Reema for such an awesome day! Great memories. 🙂 xx