Sarah kindly invited me to join her and Ed on their wedding day at Tythe Barn, Bicester UK. Sarah wanted all digital wedding photograhy so I didn’t take my analogue film cameras. Thanks for a lovely day Sarah and Ed and here are a sample of their wedding photos I captured.
*For any viewers that also appreciate cameras and the geeky stuff, I shot the majority of the day on my usual Leica M240 rangefinder camera (hence the title)(with a few different lenses including the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0). I also had chance to use my recently purchased digital Hasselblad H3D-31 + 80mm f2.8 kit lens. Both cameras have their strengths!
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.
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).
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….
May 17th, 2014
Wedding Venue – Hatton Hall, Warwickshire
Here are a selection of photos from the wedding day. The couple opted for a mixture of digital wedding photography and film photography.
Digital photos – Leica M9 + Noctilux 50mm f1: (Every photo except one (marked with 15mm) is taken with a M9 + Nocti 50f1.0 v2 lens. Almost all photos except the big group photo were taken with the lens wide open at f1)
Matthew Osborne Photography – Coventry Wedding Photographer
UK Leica Photographer – Leica Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography and Portraiture. Clients receive professional Leica quality documentary style wedding photography, fashion photography and portrait images.
Leica Camera – Leica cameras are made in Germany and have excellent optical and build quality. They lack the mod cons of modern mass produced cameras and use manual focus lenses. They are build in smaller numbers to very high specification so have a high price tag. Due to the small size, discrete styling and quiet action they are popular for documentary style photography. The lack of addition buttons and auto settings lets me concentrate on composing each photo before taking a picture. I find the Leica M9 perfect for my style of wedding photography.
Leica Wedding Photography – Leica M9 digital photos have a unique almost film like look to them. As a film photographer I value this style that cannot be achieved using standard DSLR cameras. I believe in quality over quantity so do not over shoot weddings. Using a manual camera such as a Leica slows down the speed at which I take photos so I have more time to consider each photo before pressing the shutter. As a Coventry Wedding Photographer visiting wedding venues in Coventry and Warwickshire but also across the UK and overseas I benefit from being able to travel light with the small compact Leica camera bag.
Black and White Photography using a Leica Camera – My preferred style of photography is black and white. Using the Leica M9 for wedding photography gives my clients a set of timeless looking film like images. Black and white photography places more emphasis on light, textures, shape and form. It captures all the emotions without the distractions of colour.
Leica Film Photography – I now offer clients 35mm film photography using my beautiful 1951 Leica M2 film camera. I favour colour Kodak Portra 160 colour film for the most flattering skin tones and shoot various black and white film types including Ilford FP4+ for a grainy look and Kodak T-Max 100 for a smoother finish.
How will this site differ from my website or BLOG? I will use LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk to share my Leica wedding photography photos and experiences from each of the weddings I attend from 2014 onwards. For Leica wedding photos taken in 2013 please visit my BLOG at MrLeica.com