This wedding was different to most of the ones I have covered to date. Roxana had modeled for me over the years (2013-2018) in London and at my studio in Coventry. I’m always testing various Leica cameras and lenses for the MrLeica.com blog. Here are a few photos of Roxana modeling for me before we look at her wedding images –
Leica Wedding London
As with many of my weddings, Roxana and Richard got married in a London wedding venue. They selected the Edwardian Room at Wollwich Town Hall. The build looks amazing as you walk in with the high decorative ceiling and beautiful stair case.
Leica Wedding Photography
Here are more photos from their wedding day. Roxana and Richard never stopped smiling and that positive energy really helps when it comes to capturing nice photos!
Tips to making beautiful wedding photos.. for you!
Roxana and Richard helped me capture some beautiful wedding photos for their day as they just happened to tick my 3 boxes. I always recommend 3 tips to help couples achieve the best possible photo –
Book an engagement shoot / pre-wedding photoshoot to get to know me and the cameras before the wedding day! (The feedback I receive confirms this is a must-have to allow you to forget the camera on your wedding day. Then you can just enjoy it!). As Roxana had already worked with me for around 5+ years before her wedding this worked the same as an engagement shoot. She knew what to expect from me so she could then just relax and enjoy the occasion.
Allocate time in your wedding itinerary for both group photos AND a few posed couple photos. The day will be over before you know it so if you don’t set time aside for these photos then there is a good chance we won’t get the opportunity. Again, because Roxana had modeled for me she knew the value of allocating some time to get a few posed/ stylised photos to include in the wedding album. Candid photos are great but it’s quite difficult to stand/ pose at your best angle for the whole day and just by accident be in the best light and perhaps the nicest location at the wedding venue!
Smile! Often people are happy on the inside but unless we can see it on the outside too the camera cannot capture it! Some people are naturally more smiley or fun of energy but if that’s not you perhaps have a glass of champagne to ease any wedding day nerves!
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Wedding Venue: Hengrave Hall, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6LZ
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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.
Martin’s Dad, Paul kindly contacted me back in 2015 to say that he followed my photography work online and would I be available to photograph his son’s wedding in 2017. I think this was my furthest in advance wedding photography booking I had received at the time but of course I said yes and before we knew it we were in 2017. The wedding venue of choice was Mottram Hall in Cheshire. I had not photographed at Mottram Hall before but it is a beautiful wedding venue with amazing grounds and the stunning house at the heart. I travelled to Cheshire from my home studio in Coventry and met everyone at the venue. After saying hello’s to Martin and Paul I met Emma and the girls to start bridal prep photos and the rest of the day kind of past in a blur!
(Thank you Emma for smiling pretty much non-stop all day! It made for very easy photos and makes such a difference to wedding photography. A “smiley wedding” will always look more beautiful than a less smiley wedding regardless of the wedding venue or the wedding dress (for example). Smiles attract my eye at a wedding so the more smiles I see the more photos I take. It was lovely to see a very happy couple and the sun even came out to help us for some of the outside photos!)
Leica Wedding – Leica M240 Camera
Here are a sample of Martin and Emma’s wedding photos captured with my Leica M240 camera. The most used wedding camera lens on the day by far was the Carl Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 lens. Very sharp and wide enough to capture all the action.
Note* After not viewing the files since April 2017 until now I reworked some of the images (cropping and B&W conversions mostly) to suit my current taste.
Sarah and Cris kindly invited me to cover their wedding at Hotel Felix in Cambridge last October. Cris was a fellow Leica photographer/ enthusiast so I took my usual wedding camera, the digital Leica M240 camera but also my older digital Leica M8 camera so I could use two digital Leica M camera bodies. I also took my digital Hasselblad H3D-31 camera to use for the wedding portraits. Lastly I managed to get a couple of photos with my 35mm film Hasselblad XPan camera. (Example above).
It was a beautiful day and I don’t think I have ever met such a smiley couple! (and bridesmaid!) 😉 It was a real joy to photograph people having so much fun. I think I went home with smile lines myself! 🙂
Here are some of the wedding photos, split by camera for the fellow camera geeks!
(Quite a few photos but it gives a good idea of what me and the cameras can do)