Last September I treated myself to my first Hasselblad film camera to join my various Leica cameras. It was the best camera purchase I think I have ever made! I absolutely love working with the Hasselblad and the 6×6 medium format film negatives it produces. I was keen to start using it for film wedding photography along side the film Leicas (Leica M2, M3, M6) so decided to organise a wedding themed shoot with model Bec. The idea was to demonstrate what is possible at real wedding if given the chance to shoot film and with the Hasselblad 501C.
Here are a series of Hasselblad wedding look images with me testing the camera before I flew out to Poland (see Mr Leica.com blog for the Hasselblad in Poland). Indoor photos shot on Ilford Delta 100 film (@400 – I thought I had Fomapan 100 loaded to push to 400) and then Fuji Pro 400H film outside. Colour film was lab developed and scanned and I develop my own black and white film.
For New Year’s eve 2015 I was lucky enough to be asked to cover a wedding with two fellow Leica photographers. I took my Hasselblad camera plus the Leicas and had the oppotunity to shoot 5 rolls of 120 Kodak Portra 400 film with the Hassy. Amazing! Film is currently at the lab but I can’t wait to see the results!
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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
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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.
To follow up on my last blog post from Craig and Josie’s wedding yesterday at Ingon Manor, UK here are the photos I promised. For the full write-up of the day see links related below (“My First Leica M9 Wedding”). To recap I used my Leica M9 for wedding photography the first time. I shot B&W JPEGs and DNG files. I like black and white photography so decided to use only the JPEG images. The Leica is pefect for documentary style wedding photography due to it’s small size when compared to DSLRs. I really enjoyed shooting this wedding are here are some of my favourites –
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UK Leica Photographer – Leica Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography and Portraiture. Clients receive professional Leica quality documentary style wedding photography, fashion photography and portrait images.
Leica Camera – Leica cameras are made in Germany and have excellent optical and build quality. They lack the mod cons of modern mass produced cameras and use manual focus lenses. They are build in smaller numbers to very high specification so have a high price tag. Due to the small size, discrete styling and quiet action they are popular for documentary style photography. The lack of addition buttons and auto settings lets me concentrate on composing each photo before taking a picture. I find the Leica M9 perfect for my style of wedding photography.
Leica Wedding Photography – Leica M9 digital photos have a unique almost film like look to them. As a film photographer I value this style that cannot be achieved using standard DSLR cameras. I believe in quality over quantity so do not over shoot weddings. Using a manual camera such as a Leica slows down the speed at which I take photos so I have more time to consider each photo before pressing the shutter. As a Coventry Wedding Photographer visiting wedding venues in Coventry and Warwickshire but also across the UK and overseas I benefit from being able to travel light with the small compact Leica camera bag.
Black and White Photography using a Leica Camera – My preferred style of photography is black and white. Using the Leica M9 for wedding photography gives my clients a set of timeless looking film like images. Black and white photography places more emphasis on light, textures, shape and form. It captures all the emotions without the distractions of colour.
Leica Film Photography – I now offer clients 35mm film photography using my beautiful 1951 Leica M2 film camera. I favour colour Kodak Portra 160 colour film for the most flattering skin tones and shoot various black and white film types including Ilford FP4+ for a grainy look and Kodak T-Max 100 for a smoother finish.
How will this site differ from my website or BLOG? I will use LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk to share my Leica wedding photography photos and experiences from each of the weddings I attend from 2014 onwards. For Leica wedding photos taken in 2013 please visit my BLOG at MrLeica.com