B&W Film Wedding Photography: Harriett & Ash

B&W Film Wedding Photography: Harriett & Ash

Coventry Wedding Venue: Best Western Weston Hall Hotel, Bulkington

Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com

December 2017

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Before I share some of my Leica wedding photography from the real weddings I was booked for last year here is a wedding look photoshoot from the end of 2017.

UK Leica Wedding Photographer, Coventry

As a UK Leica wedding photographer and Coventry based model photographer I enjoy photographing weddings and models with an array of different cameras, using both digital and traditional film.  A wedding day is usually very time pressured so arty wedding photos tend to be low(er) on the preference list for many wedding couples.   Many couples seem to want a ‘nice’ record of their big day captured with a still camera (and these days normally on video too).  This means I am usually super keen and excited to make a wedding couple some creative and arty wedding photos but I normally don’t get the same eagerness back.  We normally meet with a compromise of a few quick posed photos in less than ideal conditions often at the end of the day.  Model photography is the polar opposite to wedding photography.  Both me and the model(s) are very focused and fired up to create our best images together yet regardless of what it takes or how long it takes us. As a result my model photographer is probably on level above my wedding photography for the simple reason that we put the effort in the get the results we desire.   I fully appreciate that a wedding day is not solely focused on me make some nice wedding photos and it is not all about me me me.  They booked me to capture them on their big day but my selfish side always thinks if only we could have got that one more special shot at the wedding venue in the amazing light.

So with that in mind I set to work to bring together a group of like minded individuals to help me create the type of wedding photos I would like to offer every couple if the interest was there.  I rang round and managed to pull together a dream team of awesome people to collaborate on a festive wedding photography look photoshoot before Christmas.  I wanted to show what the old Leica film cameras can do (and Hasselblad film camera) and some digital Leica wedding photography with my usual Leica M240 camera.

UK Models – Harriett and Ash

First stop was models.  I called upon my amazing model friends Harriett and Ash who must be the best fake couple going.  (I don’t know how they do it!) I have worked with them both together several times before and I love how elegant they look.  It also helps that they are both extra lovely people!

Coventry Wedding Dress Shop  – The Bridalroom, Atherstone

We then needed a wedding dress for the day and Vicky at The Bridalroom Atherstone kindly supplied us with a beautiful wedding dress in Harriett’s size together with wedding veil and shrug.  I’m no expert on wedding dresses but if you live in the Coventry area and are searching for a wedding dress I would say give Vicky a call or stop by at The Bridalroom in Atherstone for a look around.

Coventry Wedding Venues – Best Western Weston Hall Hotel, Bulkington

I viewed different Coventry wedding venues and the one that stood out the most to me for my vision was the Best Western Weston Hall Hotel in Bulkington.  The Weston Hall Hotel wedding venue has beautiful old windows and nice grounds and is the perfect backdrop or venue for a wedding.  Graham at Weston Hall kindly gave us free run of the hotel for the day so we were spoilt for choice as to which room to use.  All the Best Western staff were very accomodating and welcoming and we had a really nice day there.  I will certainly visit Weston Hall Hotel again as Bulkington is not far from my studio in Coventry.  If you are planning your wedding in the Midlands I recommend the Best Western Weston Hall Hotel as a Coventry wedding venue.

Coventry Wedding Flowers – The Village Flower Shop, Bulkington

Once I had decided on a wedding venue for our mock wedding I then wanted to collaborate with a local florist so we would be able to have fresh flowers on the day and a wedding bouquet to use in the wedding photos.  Graham at Weston Hall Hotel recommended The Village Flower Shop in Bulkington.  I called Sara at the Village Flower Shop and explained my ideas as to how I would like a wedding bouquet to look so it matched my thoughts and complimented the rest of the styling for the wedding photoshoot.  Sara offered to make us two different wedding bouquets, both styled as festive wedding bouquets, one white rose bouquet and one red rose bouquet.  Sara kindly delivered the flowers to the hotel ahead of our photoshoot and we were all amazed at how fresh the flowers were and the high quality and detail considering they were for a wedding test shoot.  We received two wedding bouquets and two matching button hole flowers for the groom’s jacket.  I have photographed quite a few weddings and these were some of the freshest wedding flowers I have seen and they come with an excellent service.  If you are planning a Coventry wedding I highly recommend The Village Flower Shop in Bulkington for a wedding bouquet.

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Wedding Camera Bag – Leica Cameras + Hasselblad Camera

I wanted to try various camera and lens combinations so I had two 35mm Leica film cameras, a Leica M3 camera to use mostly with the new Leica Macro-Elmar-M mm f4 lens, and a Leica M4-P camera to use with a Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens and two Zeiss wide angle lenses – a Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 and Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8.  I then had some film to finish in a Hasselblad 500CM film camera which I used with the Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f4 lens.  I shot nearly all black and white film but did include a roll of colour 120 film which I still need to develop.  For test photos I used my digital Leica M240 camera.

Here are some of the mock wedding photos taken on the day

Leica Film Wedding Photography – Leica M3 / Leica M4-P

Leica Wedding - Leica M3!
Leica Film Wedding Photography
Leica Glow - Wedding Photography
Leica M3 Wedding!
Leica Wedding - Leica M4-P
B&W Film Leica Wedding

Hasselblad Film Wedding Photography – Hasselblad 500CM

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Film Wedding Photography
Hasselblad 500CM + Acute-Matte D Split Screen

Leica Wedding Photography – Digital Leica M240

  • Black and White Wedding Photography

B&W Wedding Photography
Merry Christmas!
Leica Wedding B&W
B&W Leica Wedding
Leica People
Leica B&W Wedding
Leica Wedding Photographer

  • Colour Wedding Photography

Leica Wedding - Zeiss ZM 21mm
Leica Wedding Photos
Leica Wedding Photographer UK
Leica Wedding Photographer Blog

Thanks

A big thanks to everyone involved, Harriett, Ash, Graham, Vicky and Sara.  It was a really enjoyable day for me and Harriett and Ash said they enjoyed it too.  I normally photograph attractive models across Europe but there is something really special about wedding photography.  I think I enjoy capturing the interaction between multiple people in a frame and composing an image with multiple subjects rather than the usual solo model.

You might say that I should do street photography like many other Leica photographers but my taste is much more specific than that.  I like to create images rather than have to get lucky on the street and find an image.  I enjoy beauty, elegance and light and how these interact and I like to have control over how the final image will look.   That is probably why I prodominatly photo models where I have full control of styling, pose, model and to an extent lighting.  I have less interest in photographing the typical Leica street scenes unless the light or geometry is extra speical.  That said, I do think if you are good at street photography then it should help to make you a better wedding photographer (for some aspects of the job).

MrLeica Wedding Instagram account

For anyone still reading and who enjoys Instagram I have two Mr Leica Instagram accounts. If you enjoy model photography or wedding photography feel free to stop by and say hello!

@MrLeicaCom – Model photography page

@MrLeicaWedding – Wedding photography page

 

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Thanks

Matt

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2016 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Amy & Mike

2016 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Amy & Mike

Wedding Venue: Warwick House, Southam & Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

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July 2016

Hasselblad Wedding

Leica & Hasselblad Wedding

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!

Wedding Photographers

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):
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Engagement: Maria & Dior

Engagement: Maria & Dior

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Coventry Wedding Photographer

Venue for Engagement Shoot: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry + Coventry Studio

 

Pre-wedding engagement photography a using a Leica M9 camera.  You may recognise Maria from past Flickr photos I have shared as she has modelled for me before.  Maria asked if I could do a black and white studio photography shoot for her and Dior who recently got engaged.  I agreed but recommended we also did an outside location shoot too as that is where the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens really comes into it’s own.  With that all agreed we did a part one and part two shoot, with the first being in the studio and getting Dior used to the camera and the second at the popular Coventry wedding venue, Coombe Abbey Hotel as it is only down the road from them.

(You might note that this was also the location of Sukhi and Raechelle’s engagement session photos!  Coombe has extensive grounds that are very diverse so give a broad range of potential photo oppotunities).

Part 1: Coventry Photography Studio

For the studio images the couple wanted edgy fashion posed looking photos in black and white tones, with less of the standard happy smiley engagement looking faces.  I posed the guys and lit them accordingly.

Part 2: On location – Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry

For the location images the Maria and Dior wanted the traditional happy smiley (more commercial photography) looking photos.  Again I posed the couple and but then also evoked the emotions to create the moment to be captured in each image.  A couple can be madly in love with each other but if it is not visual it will not come across in the engagement photos.  This also stands true for posing couples for wedding photography.  Every couple is of course different and some make it easier for me than others.  Maria and Dior are naturally very smiley and look good in front of the camera so that made for a fun shoot.

 

Sample Images – Part 1 – B&W

Leica M9 Fashion

Model Engagement

Leica Engagement

Engagement Session

Sample Images – Part 2 – Colour

Coventry Engagement Shoot

Coombe Abbey Engagement

Engagement Photography

Engagement Shoot at Coombe Abbey

Engagement Photography

 

(There are more photos from both in the studio and at Coombe Abbey to come so I will add them  to this post when I get chance).

 

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Engagement: Sukhi and Raechelle