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! 🙂
Mark and Flic chose the Birmingham wedding venue Fazeley Studio in Digbeth. I knew the area from my model photography and the area attracts some of the most talented graffiti artists. Every time I visit Digbeth I discover some new cool looking artwork. Fazeley Studios doesn’t look like a normal wedding venue from the street but once inside the high ceiling and stain glass windows designs are really beautiful. With it being so close to Birmingham city centre I think Fazeley studios is still a bit of a hidden gem. (Writing this over a year later I did cover a second wedding at Fazeley studios in October 2017 for Nick and Naz).
Here are a selection of Flic and Mark’s wedding photos captured with my Leica M240 and Leica M8 cameras.
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)
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).