Last September I treated myself to my first Hasselblad film camera to join my various Leica cameras. It was the best camera purchase I think I have ever made! I absolutely love working with the Hasselblad and the 6×6 medium format film negatives it produces. I was keen to start using it for film wedding photography along side the film Leicas (Leica M2, M3, M6) so decided to organise a wedding themed shoot with model Bec. The idea was to demonstrate what is possible at real wedding if given the chance to shoot film and with the Hasselblad 501C.
Here are a series of Hasselblad wedding look images with me testing the camera before I flew out to Poland (see Mr Leica.com blog for the Hasselblad in Poland). Indoor photos shot on Ilford Delta 100 film (@400 – I thought I had Fomapan 100 loaded to push to 400) and then Fuji Pro 400H film outside. Colour film was lab developed and scanned and I develop my own black and white film.
For New Year’s eve 2015 I was lucky enough to be asked to cover a wedding with two fellow Leica photographers. I took my Hasselblad camera plus the Leicas and had the oppotunity to shoot 5 rolls of 120 Kodak Portra 400 film with the Hassy. Amazing! Film is currently at the lab but I can’t wait to see the results!
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Ben and Natalie kindly invited me to do their wedding photography at Little Hallingbury Mill, Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire during the summer. I had the digital Leica M 240 as my main camera for the day and for film photography I had a variety of film cameras (see below). Natalie has chosen vibrant coloured flowers for their wedding so I loaded the cameras with 35mm Kodak Ektar 100 and 120 Kodak Portra 400 film. Below are some of the film wedding photos from the day, as scanned.
Film Wedding Photography
For 2016 I hope to move closer to shooting analogue only film wedding photography (without digital). For model photography and portraiture I use film camera for the main photos now but have the digital Leica M 240 to test. I tend to specialise in black and white film photography for fashion and beauty photos but for weddings I always offer the couple the choice of film used. Most wedding couples ask for a mix of colour and black and white but for this occasion I shot all colour film due to the colourful wedding styling.
1950s 35mm Leica M3 + various Leica M mount lenses
Nikon F4 SLR + Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens
Medium format Fuji GA645 Pro
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Back in April 2015 I was invited to photograph Dan and Amelia’s wedding at Mamble Church, Worcester. The digital Leica M9 was my main camera for the day but I was also asked to do some film photography. I love nothing more than a film wedding so took a selection of film cameras along on the day! Below are some of the film wedding photos from the day, as scanned.
Film Wedding Photography
For 2016 I hope to move closer to shooting only film wedding photography (without digital). For model photography and portraiture I only now use the film camera photos but I have a Leica M 240 for test images. Film photos are soft focus and I enjoy the natural colours and way film captures light. All wedding photos here are taken using 35mm and 120 Kodak Portra 400 film.
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Having Two Wedding Photographers
As the primary (or only) wedding photographer my creative possibilities are more limited as wedding photographers are always expected to stand in a certain place at certain times throughout the day to get the expected ‘key’ photos for the wedding album. Most wedding couples also expect digital photos so I find I never get the chance to shoot as much film as I would like to. For…
Here are a selection of film wedding photography images from my first wedding of 2015 up at Ellingham Hall on the Northumberland coastline. It is difficult to anticipate the UK weather especially in the winter months so I didnn’t load my film into the cameras until the morning of the wedding. I decided on colour 35mm Kodak Portra 400 film for the daytime people photos and in the evening I loaded 35mm Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. The main film cameras on the day were my 1950s Leica M2 and Leica M3 rangefinder cameras but I also took my 1980s 35mm Nikon FM SLR loaded with Agfa Vista 200 Plus colour film for detail photos. I was shooting digital photos alongside film photography throughout the day with my Leica M9. I had planned to use Portra for the ceremony as the room had plenty of light but when the time came all the curtains were closed so I had to use the digital M9 with a speedlight to generate enough light. It was dark by late afternoon so I switched to black and white film and shot with available light with a wide aperture and the developed the film for longer to obtain the desired exposure.
Also to come are more weddings from 2015. Just trying to catch up!
Last Septemeber I drove from Coventry to the Peak District to cover Sam and Patrick’s wedding day. I joined the family at Upper House, Hayfield the evening before the wedding to enjoy a lovely home cooked meal and to get to know everyone ahead of the big day. Patrick was Dutch so his family had flown in from the Netherlands and the house was full so I left them for the night and returned the next morning ready to start. I find it so beneficial to meet couples ahead of their wedding as on the wedding day morning I was eating breakfast chatting to the family and taking photos without people even noticing I was there. I enjoy documentary style wedding photography and often blend in with the wedding guests with my small Leica camera(s). That said, with my model photography background I enjoy creating a few special stylised wedding portraits if the couple are game. The day past so quickly we didn’t take as many directed arty photos as I would have liked but hopefully the smiley candid photos made up for this. Here is a small fraction of the photos taken with a digital Leica M9 camera.
Please note at the time of the wedding I was doing less film photography. For 2015 weddings I will be using both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. My wedding photography style continues to develop and my current digital photos now tend to look more traditional and film like, being softer, with more grain and less contrast. I develop my own film and shoot the majority of my personal work on film so this look is rubbing off on my digital images. For anyone that appreciates wedding film photography I am happy to shoot your wedding 50-100% film if you desire. The current average is perhaps 20-30% film depending on the wedding, venue and light. I use 35mm film, medium format film and also large format film so the options are endless if the interest is there. 🙂
2015 wedding images to come – Caz and Mike’s Wedding
Last September and ahead of their wedding day, Sam and Patrick requested a pre-wedding engagement session to get some practice in front of the camera before the wedding. We arranged to meet in the Peak District but when we arrived it was raining so much of the shoot was done with me shooting from under an umbrella or using trees and an old out building for shelter. All photos we taken with a Leica M9 camera and the majority with the Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO lens. At the time I was shooting less film so no film examples i’m afraid.
It is surprising when only looking back six months how much my style has changed. For 2015 the engagement and wedding photos are softer utilising mostly ambient light and with an emphasis on film photography. I still use the digital Leica M9 camera for my main camera but I now also use Leica film cameras (Leica M3 and M2) and medium format film.
As a Coventry wedding photographer that offers analogue film wedding photography and digital images, I like nothing bettter than engagement sessions. Here is another stylised engagement shoot in Coventry with models Harriett and Ashley. They are not a couple but work well together and it is then my job to then make it all look realistic. All photos are 100% posed and directed by me yet they hopefully come across as natural.
For the e-session I used three cameras, two analogue film cameras, 1950s Leica M2 + 1980s Fuji GS645, and my digital Leica M9. Colour photos are film and black and white ones are digital. I love the look of film and I think the softer images and colours really suit wedding photography and engagements sessions. The film photos below are in a style I plan to take into 2015 for all weddings and engagements.
Leica M2 + Summicron 50mm + Fujicolor C200 film
Fujica GS645 (medium format) + Fuji Pro 400H film
If you would like to book an engagement session or me as your wedding photographer please do not hesitate to get in touch, regardless of your location.
October 11th, 2014
Coventry Wedding Venue – The Saxon Mill, Warwick UK
Sarah and Mike’s Wedding was my second Saxon Mill wedding and it was great to be back. The building has great character and even better surroundings with the views across the River Avon to Guys Cliffe. The day actually started in the morning at Chesford Grange Hotel for Sarah’s bridal preparation photos. From there we moved onto the Saxon Mill for the wedding ceremony that was held upstairs. It was not a huge wedding so the room worked well for the number of guests. After the ceremony we did group photos and wedding portraits outside then back upstairs to sit down to eat for the wedding breakfast, speeches and cake cutting. My day finished after the first dance and it was then time to pack up and drive back to Coventry.
Sarah and Mike had opted for additional film photography photos so I used both analogue cameras and digital. Here are a selection of photos from the wedding. Firstly the digital images using my Leica M9 –
Here are a few colour film photos taken with a medium format Fuji GF670 camera (Full details linked below)
Lastly, some 35mm black and white film photos taken with a 1950s Leica M3 / Leica M2
Venue for Engagement Session: Bishops Park, Fulham, London
I caught the train from Coventry and met Alex and Andy on a wet morning in November on Fulham Palace Road. We decided to grab a coffee in a hope the rain would blow over. It gave us chance to get to know each other and for me to explain the cameras I would be using. I had the digital Leica M9 to capture the majority of the photos and also my 1950s Leica M3 film camera. I had a part roll of black and white Kodak T-Max 100 to finish in the camera and would then shoot colour film, Fujicolor C200. I normally use Kodak Portra but C200 can be quite nice too.
We were in luck. The rain stopped so we took a walk along the bank of the River Thames in an area known as Bishops Park and I got shooting. I have a very relaxed photography style and I would like to think that Alex and Andy were soon at ease in front of the camera. My small Leica cameras are very friendly and in no way intimidating so all in all it lead to a fun and sucessful morning. I left London with a smile and felt very fortunate to have met two very kind and genuine people. I had never met Alex and Andy until today but the morning was like enjoying good company with friends. I am now counting down to Alex and Andy’s wedding in 2015!
Here are a few sample images (from Flickr and additional ones) (Please excuse the order and variety of sizes!)
Leica M3 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 at f1.0 + Kodak T-Max 100 black and white film
(Home developed B&W film in Rodinal)
Leica M3 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 at f1.0 + Fujicolor C200 colour film