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.
Amy and Mike kindly invited me to cover their wedding photography at Warwick House, Southam in the UK. The wedding was digital photography only (no film photography) and I used my trusty digital Leica M240 rangefinder camera and also my recently purchased digital Hasselblad camera. I was super excited to use the Hasselblad H3D-31 for it’s first wedding!
Chesterton Windmill Wedding Photos
To my delight Amy and Mike had a mutual interested in making beautiful wedding photos. They asked if we could take time our during the wedding day to visit Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire for some posed wedding portrait pictures. I of course said yes and I wish every couple had a similar vision of making arty wedding photos in a stunning locations. Surely every wedding photographers dream wedding whether the photos are at a windmill or a beach!
Not every couple are that interested in their wedding photos and booking a wedding photographer can sometimes seem like a tick box exercise such as ordering a wedding car or wedding flowers. I do struggle when a wedding couple have little interest in their photos as I am the polar opposite. I am extremely passionate about my photography to the point of completely obsessed. I think about pictures, photography and cameras morning til night every day and am always getting excited about trying my next new photo idea! Yes perhaps I just need to get out more! I think I can safely say I am always genuinely more excited about a couple’s wedding photography than the couple themselves! 🙂
Here is a small selection of wedding photos from Amy and Mike’s big day using the digital Hasselblad camera at Chesterton Windmill. (I converted all the images to B&W for the blog using Lightroom):
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: