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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Matt

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2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Flic & Mark

 2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Mark & Flic

Birmingham Wedding Venue – Fazeley Studios (191 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5SE)

http://www.MrLeica.com

October 2016

 

 

Mark & Flic

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.

Wedding Photography – Fazeley Studios – Leica M240

Wedding Photography – Fazeley Studios – Leica M8

Leica Camera Wedding Bag

I used two digital Leica M camera bodies to minimise swapping lenses. I shot wide with the Leica M240 as it is full frame and closer with the Leica M8 as it has a 1.33x crop factor.  Lenses used were:

Leica M240 Camera
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 lens
Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 lens
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 pancake lens

Leica M8 Camera
Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens + IR cut filter

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

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

http://www.MrLeica.com

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

http://www.MrLeica.com
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

2014 Wedding: Gemma & Ted

Wedding: Gemma & Ted (Leica Noctilux Wedding)
Coventry Wedding Photographer – http://www.MatthewOsbornephotography.co.uk / http://www.MrLeica.com

August 2nd, 2014
Wedding Venue – Lord Leycester Hospital & Warwick Arms Hotel, Warwick UK

Leica Black & White Wedding Photography
Creative Wedding Photography

I met the couple at Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick which is an amazing wedding venue. We had the wedding ceremony in one of the great halls and then managed to get the group photos done in the gardens before the rain started. Everyone then moved down the road to Warwick Arms Hotel for the wedding breakfast and for the evening guests arriving.

Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day. Gemma and Ted purchased my black and white wedding photography package which includes all digital images in B&W tones. I had planned to do some additional medium format film photography but we didn’t get chance due to time constraints.

Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 for most of the day (including all group photos)(excluding some 21-28mm wide angle lens shots, 90mmf2 Summicron photos for the speeches and the 75mmf2 Cron photos for detail images).

 

To book a Leica wedding see here for more detailshttp://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html
*Medium format film photography is also available using various film cameras including Mamiya RZ67 and Fuji GF670, a choice of film formats, 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7 and both roll film and Polaroid film

2014 Wedding: Sian & Mat

Wedding: Sian & Mat (Leica Noctilux Wedding)
Coventry Wedding Photographer

http://www.MatthewOsbornephotography.co.uk / http://www.MrLeica.com

August 1st, 2014
Wedding Venue – Eaton Hotel, Birmingham UK

Leica M9 Wedding

Leica Noctilux Wedding

Leica Wedding

Leica Summicron 75 f2 Wedding

I started the day with Mat and his guests at The Bell pub in Harborne next door to the church.  Sian met us at the church then after the wedding ceremony we did the group photos then moved on to Eaton Hotel on the Hagley Road for the wedding breakfast and evening guests arriving.

Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day. The couple opted for digital wedding photography and I had planned to do some additional medium format film photography but we didn’t get chance due to time constraints.

Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 for most of the day (including all group photos at 50f1)(excluding some 21mm f2.8 + 28mm f2 wide angle photos, the 90mm f2 Summicron for the speeches and 75mm f2 APO for detail images).

To book a Leica wedding see here for more detailshttp://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html
*Medium format film photography is also available using various film cameras including Mamiya RZ 67 and Fuji GF670, a choice of film formats, 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7 and both roll film and Polaroid film

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2014 Wedding: Sam & Chris

Wedding: Sam & Chris (Leica Noctilux Wedding)
Coventry Wedding Photographer (away in Gloucestershire)

http://www.MatthewOsbornephotography.co.uk / http://www.MrLeica.com

July 26th, 2014
Wedding Venue – Highnam Court, Gloucestershire

Leica M9 Wedding Photography

Low Light Church Wedding

Leica M9 Wedding

Facebook Cover Photo

It was my second visit to Highnam in Gloucestershire as I was there last year for Paul and Deb’s wedding.  Deb’s was one of Sam’s bridesmaids so you may recognise her!  We had the wedding ceremony at Highnam Church then moved across the field to Highnam Court for the rest of the day….

Please click here to see the full post – http://mrleica.com/2014/09/30/wedding-2014-sam-chris/

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