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.
Last Septemeber I drove from Coventry to the Peak District to cover Sam and Patrick’s wedding day. I joined the family at Upper House, Hayfield the evening before the wedding to enjoy a lovely home cooked meal and to get to know everyone ahead of the big day. Patrick was Dutch so his family had flown in from the Netherlands and the house was full so I left them for the night and returned the next morning ready to start. I find it so beneficial to meet couples ahead of their wedding as on the wedding day morning I was eating breakfast chatting to the family and taking photos without people even noticing I was there. I enjoy documentary style wedding photography and often blend in with the wedding guests with my small Leica camera(s). That said, with my model photography background I enjoy creating a few special stylised wedding portraits if the couple are game. The day past so quickly we didn’t take as many directed arty photos as I would have liked but hopefully the smiley candid photos made up for this. Here is a small fraction of the photos taken with a digital Leica M9 camera.
Please note at the time of the wedding I was doing less film photography. For 2015 weddings I will be using both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. My wedding photography style continues to develop and my current digital photos now tend to look more traditional and film like, being softer, with more grain and less contrast. I develop my own film and shoot the majority of my personal work on film so this look is rubbing off on my digital images. For anyone that appreciates wedding film photography I am happy to shoot your wedding 50-100% film if you desire. The current average is perhaps 20-30% film depending on the wedding, venue and light. I use 35mm film, medium format film and also large format film so the options are endless if the interest is there. 🙂
2015 wedding images to come – Caz and Mike’s Wedding
Here are some of the photos taken this morning with my Leica M9 camera. I wanted to showcase to couples who are looking to have an engagement shoot or book a wedding photographer what is possible for you. I aim to provide wedding couples with a mix of relaxed reportage style candid photos throughout the day plus some posed high fashion wedding portraits as seen here. This is my style of Leica wedding photography.
This morning Harriett and Ashley modelled for me and Donna kindly came along as my lighting assistant. I used the same lighting and equipment that I use on a wedding day and going forward I plan to take an assistant with me for every shoot (feel free to get in touch if…
Yesterday I had chance to do another couple shoot with my Leica M9 camera. We did an engagement themed shoot with model friends Raki and Terri. Neither of them had worked together before but they gelled together really well and it made for an easy to direct shoot.
For most weddings, couples do not set aside enough time to get a wide range of natural yet creative wedding portraits. Many couples are also on a tight budget so skip the engagement shoot option. I organise shoots like this one with Raki and Terri to show ‘real’ couples what is possible for them if they opt for either an engagement shoot or book me as their wedding photographer. I am not looking to shoot a wedding every weekend as I don’t want to mass…
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 –
MatthewOsbornePhotography – Leica Wedding Photography, UK