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!

The Lightner Museum Saint Augustine

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

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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

2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Cris

2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Cris

Wedding Venue: Hotel Felix, Whitehouse Ln, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0LX

http://www.MrLeica.com

October 2016

Hasselblad XPan Wedding!

Sarah & Cris

Sarah and Cris kindly invited me to cover their wedding at Hotel Felix in Cambridge last October.  Cris was a fellow Leica photographer/ enthusiast so I took my usual wedding camera, the digital Leica M240 camera but also my older digital Leica M8 camera so I could use two digital Leica M camera bodies.  I also took my digital Hasselblad H3D-31 camera to use for the wedding portraits. Lastly I managed to get a couple of photos with my 35mm film Hasselblad XPan camera. (Example above).

It was a beautiful day and I don’t think I have ever met such a smiley couple! (and bridesmaid!) 😉  It was a real joy to photograph people having so much fun.  I think I went home with smile lines myself! 🙂

Here are some of the wedding photos, split by camera for the fellow camera geeks!

(Quite a few photos but it gives a good idea of what me and the cameras can do)

Leica Wedding – Leica M240 Camera

Leica Wedding – Leica M8 Camera

Hasselblad Wedding Photography – Hasselblad H3D-31

Camera and Lens Details (From Best Memory)

Leica M240 Camera
Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 lens
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 lens
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH lens(I think)
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens (little)

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

Hasselblad H3D-31 Camera
Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f4 CF MF lens via CF lens adapter

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 Film Wedding Photography

2015 Hasselblad Film Wedding Photography

Wedding Styled Model Photography

Mr Leica .com
September 2015

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.

Film Developing Lines?

Ilford Delta 100@400

Hasselblad Wedding

Wedding Dress Photo

Hasselblad Wedding Photography

Fuji Pro 400H Wedding

Hasselblad Wedding

Hasselblad Wedding Style

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!

To book me for your film wedding photography whether with the Hasselblad or using the Leica film cameras see below 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 Engagement: Sam & Patrick

Engagement: Sam & Patrick

Leica Wedding Photographer – Engagement Shoot

Venue for Engagement Session: South Peak District

www. MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk / www.MrLeica.com

September 2014

Last September and ahead of their wedding day, Sam and Patrick requested a pre-wedding engagement session to get some practice in front of the camera before the wedding.  We arranged to meet in the Peak District but when we arrived it was raining so much of the shoot was done with me shooting from under an umbrella or using trees and an old out building for shelter.  All photos we taken with a Leica M9 camera and the majority with the Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO lens. At the time I was shooting less film so no film examples i’m afraid.

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It is surprising when only looking back six months how much my style has changed.  For 2015 the engagement and wedding photos are softer utilising mostly ambient light and with an emphasis on film photography.  I still use the digital Leica M9 camera for my main camera but I now also use Leica film cameras (Leica M3 and M2) and medium format film.

Sam and Patrick’s wedding photos coming next…