I know the days and weeks past by in a blur but I can’t believe it is almost two years since I shared any wedding photographs! Really sorry for the pause in my wedding blog posts. I will do my best to share highlights from some of the weddings I have covered over the last two years, in date order. To start off it is all the way back to 2015 with Alex and Lisa at the beautiful Barton Hall Hotel.
Alex & Lisa’s Hasselblad Wedding Photography
A fellow Leica photographer / analogue film photographer Glen McKenna invited me along to one of his wedding bookings to help cover the wedding using only film cameras. It would be my first real wedding using my Hasselblad 501C medium format film camera (rather than stylised bridal shoots with a model to give a wedding look). The camera captures 6×6 film negatives so I would have to compose my images as squares rather than the usual 6×4 rectangle format. I was happy there were more wedding photographers as it pretty much gave me a free licence to cover any angles I wanted to capture and not have to do the expected wedding photo shots (such as stand at the front of the aisle) (nor any wedding group photos). My fellow wedding photographers and I did agree who would be where so we had all angles covered for the couple and also to avoid getting in each others photos.
Hasselblad Wedding Camera Gear
For the wedding I packed my Hasselblad 501C film camera, the 45 degree prism finder and two lenses. A Zeiss Distagon 60mm f3.5 CF lens for wider photos and a Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm F4 CF lens for wedding portraits and wedding detail photos. I found I used the 60mm lens for most of the day but the macro lens is great to have in the bag. For my own wedding bookings I enjoy the wedding portrait photography part of the day especially as I can bring my fashion photography / model photography experience to produce natural looking yet styled wedding photos.
Wedding Camera Film Choice
As it was a winter wedding I was a little worried about how much light we would have. Film cameras love bright conditions and are less keen on low light photography / night photography. I would also be using mostly available light so after sunset it would be quite tricky. I decided to load the Hasselblad with 120 Kodak Portra 400 colour film for the day as it has good latitude and so works well to retain both highlight detail and more shadow detail than say E6 slide film.
Hasselblad Wedding Photos
Here are a selection of Hasselblad film photos I took at Alex and Lisa’s wedding
In addition to the above mentioned Hasselblad 501C camera I also took a Leica M6 35mm film camera with a Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 lens for wider shots, loaded with black and white Kodak Eastman Double-X 5222 (Cinestill BWXX) film. In addition to the Leica camera I packed a 35mm Nikon F4 SLR for telephoto shots using a 100mm macro lens.
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Analogue Film Wedding Photographer Bookings 2018
Since this wedding I have invested in more of the best film cameras ever made with a goal to capture the highest quality wedding photos. Wedding clients have a choice of me using medium format Hasselblad cameras (V-Series and H-series) (and an array of lenses), medium format Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Mamiya 6, Fuji GF670 and/ or 35mm Leica cameras and the latest purchase a Nikon F5. Most couples give the choice of what cameras I use and I currently use a mix of Leica cameras and Hasselblad cameras to capture your wedding day. (I also use 4×5 large format film cameras for the real camera enthusiasts!)
As much as I wish every couple could appreciate analogue film photography as much as I do I realise some people prefer the look of digital photos. For digital camera wedding photography bookings I continue to use my Leica M240 camera as the main wedding camera and then clients have the option to have Leica wedding photography (only) where I use a Leica M8 camera to support the Leica M240. I also use a digital Hasselblad that I can bring on request and various other cameras as backups.
To book a Leica / film wedding see here for more details:
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
To book a Leica / film wedding see here for more details:
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.