Before I start sharing some of my Leica wedding photography from 2017 I thought I would take the opportunity to share a small sample of images from a wedding I covered in Florida back in 2014. This is the furthest I have travelled for a destination wedding and it was my first visit to America. I was in Florida for I think three nights but it was still a memorable trip!
The Lightner Museum Wedding Venue (St. Augustine, Florida)(2014)
The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful (and for me very unique) wedding venue called the Lightner Museum situated in downtown St. Augustine. It was my first time I had photographed a wedding under palm trees in the sunshine and the weather was quite a contrast to the UK December weather back home. The bride, groom and wedding guests got ready in the morning at the Casa Monica hotel and after the wedding we returned to the hotel for the wedding reception. Below are a few wedding photos to evidence my memorable trip. These pictures were taken with my previous camera, a Leica M9. I certainly notice the quality difference now my eyes have adapted to the more modern Leica M240 camera I currently use. (Some photos have been cropped for this blog post)*.
Leica M8 camera (digital)(borrowed from groom as 2nd camera)
Leica M2 (film camera) (not used for wedding)
Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens + E39 yellow filter
35mm black and white film (Kodak Tri-X 400 & Fuji Neopan Acros 100)
And as it was my first visit to America here are a few tourist photos!
Destination Wedding Photography
With the exception of this Florida wedding which I flew out for especially I have not been very lucky with regards to all the other destination weddings I have been asked to cover. I think over the last three years or so I have had 100% confirmed requests to fly out and photograph weddings in Barbados, Italy and most recently San Francisco (Oct17 where I was already booked for a UK analogue film wedding the same day). I have also been asked to cover weddings in India, Hungary, Greece (some from memory) but these bookings were <100% going to happen. I have photographed weddings in Russia (Tver), Ukraine x2 (Uzhgorod), Poland (Sopot) and Hungary (Budapest) but for these weddings I was not the main photographer. I was in town with my cameras at the time of the weddings and got involved one way or another. Some were full weddings, others just the wedding ceremony and for one just post-ceremony photos.
Here are a few old wedding photos from taken in different countries
Ukraine Wedding (2015) (Leica)
Russia Wedding (2013) (Pre-Leica)
Hungary Wedding (2010) (Pre-Leica)
I travel a lot with my photography and have done so for the last 2-3 years especially. I fly mostly to Europe for model photography photoshoots to work with local models and model agencies. I also travel to run my photography workshops (1-2-1 photography tuition). I was fortunate enough to be asked to run two one week model photography workshops in New York, several photography workshops in Zurich and one workshop in Amsterdam. I think I am overseas with my cameras now at least every other month throughout the year.
So will all that said, if you like my photography and would like me to fly out to cover your overseas wedding do not hesitate to ask. As you can see I like to travel to photograph in different countries and destinations.
One great thing about Leica cameras is they pack small so are great to travel with! 🙂
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.
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.
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
August 2nd, 2014
Wedding Venue – Lord Leycester Hospital & Warwick Arms Hotel, Warwick UK
I met the couple at Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick which is an amazing wedding venue. We had the wedding ceremony in one of the great halls and then managed to get the group photos done in the gardens before the rain started. Everyone then moved down the road to Warwick Arms Hotel for the wedding breakfast and for the evening guests arriving.
Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day. Gemma and Ted purchased my black and white wedding photography package which includes all digital images in B&W tones. I had planned to do some additional medium format film photography but we didn’t get chance due to time constraints.
Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 for most of the day (including all group photos)(excluding some 21-28mm wide angle lens shots, 90mmf2 Summicron photos for the speeches and the 75mmf2 Cron photos for detail images).
Teresa & Wojciech – Romantic Evening with the Leica Noctilux
Matt Osborne Photography (Coventry UK)
Leica M9 location shoot in Sopot, Poland. On my last evening in Poland I organised a couple photoshoot shot in a similar style to an engagement photo session but perhaps with a more romantic look to it. Engagement shoots can be very relaxed such as a countryside walk or something more stylised if the couple are happy in front of the camera. There really is no limit and I tailor each engagement session to the couples requirements and taste.
Teresa and Wojciech arrived later than planned so the entire shoot was shot using my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 (v2) at f1 and a high ISO between ISO 640 and ISO 1000 approximately. Teresa is an agency represented catwalk model so was used to being in front of the camera however for boyfriend Wojciech it was his first time. Wojciech was surprisingly relaxed in front of the camera and I was like a fly on the wall for the most part. We enjoyed a coffee in the hotel restaurant, did some photos on the beach with the last available daylight then finished in the hotel room. The entire shoot was shot using available light only so the Leica Noctilux lens was a life saver with it’s wide f1 aperture. I would have preferred to use off camera lights but had travelled light to Poland so didn’t have the option.
Here are a few samples from the shoot. All are Leica M9 black and white in camera JPEGs:
If you are looking to book a pre-wedding engagement shoot this gives you an idea of what is possible using basic (albeit ‘exotic’ camera equipment) where I didn’t even speak the same language. For more examples see my engagement photography posts on this blog.
August 1st, 2014
Wedding Venue – Eaton Hotel, Birmingham UK
I started the day with Mat and his guests at The Bell pub in Harborne next door to the church. Sian met us at the church then after the wedding ceremony we did the group photos then moved on to Eaton Hotel on the Hagley Road for the wedding breakfast and evening guests arriving.
Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day. The couple opted for digital wedding photography and I had planned to do some additional medium format film photography but we didn’t get chance due to time constraints.
Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 for most of the day (including all group photos at 50f1)(excluding some 21mm f2.8 + 28mm f2 wide angle photos, the 90mm f2 Summicron for the speeches and 75mm f2 APO for detail images).
July 26th, 2014
Wedding Venue – Highnam Court, Gloucestershire
It was my second visit to Highnam in Gloucestershire as I was there last year for Paul and Deb’s wedding. Deb’s was one of Sam’s bridesmaids so you may recognise her! We had the wedding ceremony at Highnam Church then moved across the field to Highnam Court for the rest of the day….
Here are some of the photos taken this morning with my Leica M9 camera. I wanted to showcase to couples who are looking to have an engagement shoot or book a wedding photographer what is possible for you. I aim to provide wedding couples with a mix of relaxed reportage style candid photos throughout the day plus some posed high fashion wedding portraits as seen here. This is my style of Leica wedding photography.
This morning Harriett and Ashley modelled for me and Donna kindly came along as my lighting assistant. I used the same lighting and equipment that I use on a wedding day and going forward I plan to take an assistant with me for every shoot (feel free to get in touch if…
Yesterday I had chance to do another couple shoot with my Leica M9 camera. We did an engagement themed shoot with model friends Raki and Terri. Neither of them had worked together before but they gelled together really well and it made for an easy to direct shoot.
For most weddings, couples do not set aside enough time to get a wide range of natural yet creative wedding portraits. Many couples are also on a tight budget so skip the engagement shoot option. I organise shoots like this one with Raki and Terri to show ‘real’ couples what is possible for them if they opt for either an engagement shoot or book me as their wedding photographer. I am not looking to shoot a wedding every weekend as I don’t want to mass…