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

Hasselblad Wedding
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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Destination Leica Wedding Photographer

Destination Leica Wedding Photographer

Before I start sharing some of my Leica wedding photography from 2017 I thought I would take the opportunity to share a small sample of images from a wedding I covered in Florida back in 2014.  This is the furthest I have travelled for a destination wedding and it was my first visit to America.  I was in Florida for I think three nights but it was still a memorable trip!

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The Lightner Museum Wedding Venue (St. Augustine, Florida)(2014)

The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful (and for me very unique) wedding venue called the Lightner Museum situated in downtown St. Augustine. It was my first time I had photographed a wedding under palm trees in the sunshine and the weather was quite a contrast to the UK December weather back home. The bride, groom and wedding guests got ready in the morning at the Casa Monica hotel and after the wedding we returned to the hotel for the wedding reception.  Below are a few wedding photos to evidence my memorable trip.  These pictures were taken with my previous camera, a Leica M9.  I certainly notice the quality difference now my eyes have adapted to the more modern Leica M240 camera I currently use. (Some photos have been cropped for this blog post)*.

Leica M9 Wedding Photography

Leica Camera Wedding Bag

Leica M9 camera (digital)
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 lens
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 lens
Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens

Leica M8 camera (digital)(borrowed from groom as 2nd camera)

Leica M2 (film camera) (not used for wedding)
Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens + E39 yellow filter
35mm black and white film (Kodak Tri-X 400 & Fuji Neopan Acros 100)

Tourist Photos

And as it was my first visit to America here are a few tourist photos!

Leica + Voigtlander 15mm f4.5
Voigtlander 15mm f4.5
Saint Augstine Fort
America's Alterrnative to an Audi
Saint Augustine Fort - Tri-X
American Trucks - Tri-X
Leica M2 + Zeiss ZM Biogon

Destination Wedding Photography

With the exception of this Florida wedding which I flew out for especially I have not been very lucky with regards to all the other destination weddings I have been asked to cover. I think over the last three years or so I have had 100% confirmed requests to fly out and photograph weddings in Barbados, Italy and most recently San Francisco (Oct17 where I was already booked for a UK analogue film wedding the same day). I have also been asked to cover weddings in India, Hungary, Greece (some from memory) but these bookings were <100% going to happen.  I have photographed weddings in Russia (Tver), Ukraine x2 (Uzhgorod), Poland (Sopot) and Hungary (Budapest) but for these weddings I was not the main photographer. I was in town with my cameras at the time of the weddings and got involved one way or another. Some were full weddings, others just the  wedding ceremony and for one just post-ceremony photos.

Here are a few old wedding photos from taken in different countries

Ukraine Wedding (2015) (Leica)

Leica Wedding - Ukraine
Leica Wedding, Ukraine

Russia Wedding (2013) (Pre-Leica)

Russian Wedding Photography
Russian Wedding (2)
Russian Wedding
Russian Wedding Photography
From Russia In Love

Hungary Wedding (2010) (Pre-Leica)

Happily Married
Hungarian Wedding
"Who's going to catch them?"

Destination Weddings

I travel a lot with my photography and have done so for the last 2-3 years especially. I fly mostly to Europe for model photography photoshoots to work with local models and model agencies. I also travel to run my photography workshops (1-2-1 photography tuition). I was fortunate enough to be asked to run two one week model photography workshops in New York, several photography workshops in Zurich and one workshop in Amsterdam. I think I am overseas with my cameras now at least every other month throughout the year.

So will all that said, if you like my photography and would like me to fly out to cover your overseas wedding do not hesitate to ask. As you can see I like to travel to photograph in different countries and destinations.

One great thing about Leica cameras is they pack small so are great to travel with! 🙂

Matt

Florida Wedding

2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Ed

2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Ed

Wedding Venue: Tythe Barn, Charbridge Lane, Launton, Bicester, OX26 4SR

http://www.MrLeica.com

September 2016

 

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!

Leica Wedding Photography

Hasselblad Wedding Photography

 

2016 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Amy & Mike

2016 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Amy & Mike

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

http://www.MrLeica.com

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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2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

Wedding Venue: Barton Hall Hotel, Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SG, UK

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December 2015

Intro & Apologies!

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.

Leica M6 Wedding

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

Additional Cameras

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!)

Leica Wedding Photographer Bookings 2018 (Digital)

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.

Contact

To book a Leica / film wedding see here for more details:

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

2015 Film Wedding Photography: Ben & Natalie

2015 Film Wedding Photography: Ben & Natalie

Wedding Venue: Little Hallingbury Mill, Bishops Stortford & St Barts Brewery, London

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August 2015

Kodak Ektar Film Wedding

Ben & Natalie’s Wedding

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.

Film Cameras

  • 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:

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

2016 wedding film cameras include Hasselblad, Leica, Mamiya and Nikon and formats include 35mm, medium format and large format

2015 Film Wedding Photography: Dan & Amelia

2015 Film Wedding Photography: Dan & Amelia

Wedding Venue: Mamble Church & Rock Village Hall, Worcestershire

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April 2015

Mamiya 645 Wedding

Dan & Amelia’s Wedding

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.

Film Cameras

  • 1950s 35mm Leica M3 + Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR lens
  • Medium format Mamiya 645 Super + Mamiya Sekor 80mm f1.9 lens

 

To book a Leica wedding see here for more details:

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

2016 wedding film cameras include Hasselblad, Leica, Mamiya and Nikon and formats include 35mm, medium format and large format