The most important investment into your wedding photography, no question, is your engagement shoot. Adam and Becky were super organised so two years before the wedding date they contacted me to book a pre-wedding session. Below is a sample photo I managed to find from 2016!
An engagement shoot gives you the opportunity to meet me and my cameras so that when it comes to your wedding day you can just relax and not have to think (or worry) about photos.
Leica CL Wedding Photography
Like every photographer, it’s nice to have an excuse to buy a new camera or lens isn’t it. I often make use of this mind game ..”well I need the best kit for the job” and “want to offer the client the highest quality images I can”. Both statements are true of course so ahead of their wedding I bought a new digital Leica camera. This event is my first example of Leica CL wedding photography. The camera is small but very high quality so it works great on the day. I almost blend in with the wedding party allowing me to get natural candid reportage shots (or posed if that is what we are doing!).
Wedding B&W Film Photography
We even did some photos on traditional B&W film which I hand develop and scan in house. (There were more film photos than this, just an example).
Adam and Becky were kind enough to complete a wedding testimonial for me (and they even sent me a lovely Christmas present that year!). Quite possibly the nicest couple ever! Read below on how the wedding day (photography) was for them.
*Link will redirect you to my wedding profile page on the Bridebook Website
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If you want to see the face behind the wedding photos you can find me teaching photography on YouTube. I go by the name of “MrLeica” because of the blog I setup in 2013 – MrLeica.com and the camera brand I use.
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.
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)