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!
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:
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:
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
Sample Images – Part 2 – Colour
(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).