Leica Weddings

Leica Weddings

Matthew Osborne Photography / http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

Sorry I have not shared any of my Leica wedding photography recently.  I am struggled to find free time to write but they are on my to do list together with many other topics to write up.  Wedding photos in the pipeline include:

2014: Marv & Paula (Florida) (Still to share)

#Leica #wedding #weddingphotographer - Congratulations to Marv & Paula today! :) www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

2015: Mike & Caroline (UK)

Kodak Portra Wedding Photography

2015: Dan & Amelia (UK)

Leica Wedding Photography

2015: Karen & Chris (UK)

2015: Andy & Andy (Latest – Yesterday!)

Ufton Court Wedding

Next: Dave & Amanda

2015 Wedding Camera Gear

In terms of camera equipment for wedding photography, it changes every shoot but I still use my digital Leica M9 as my main camera. I tend not to take my Leica M8 now as I was carrying too many cameras.  I normally take at least one medium format film cameras and always my 1950s Leica M3(s) and Leica M2 analogue film cameras.  I still have my Nikon D800 DSLR so have that with me as a backup just in case the M9 dies.

Lenses for weddings also vary each shoot but to give you an idea, for yesterday’s wedding I took the following Leica M lenses:

  • Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.2 ASPH
  • Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8
  • Zeiss Biogon 21mm f2.8
  • Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
  • Leica Elmar 50mm f2.8 Collapsible + SOOKY-M
  • Leica Summicron DR 50mm f2 (attached to my Leica M3)

(I didn’t take a 75mm or 90mm on this occasion).



First Wedding of 2015

First Wedding of 2015!

Matthew Osborne – Leica Wedding Photography

Wedding Venue – Ellingham Hall, Northumberland – http://www.ellingham-hall.co.uk/

Couple – Mike & Caroline

Leica Wedding Photographer

My first wedding of 2015 took me south of Edinburgh to Ellingham Hall in Northumberland.  When I accepted the wedding job I didn’t check quite how far north it was and thought maybe 2-3 hours from Coventry.  It took me over 5 hours each way and that was with very little traffic so I felt very lucky.  Next time I will check a map more closely in advance! 🙂  That said, it was an amazing day and I felt very lucky to be asked to cover Mike and Caroline’s big day.  Caroline never stopped smiling despite hating being in front of the camera and Mike was also smiley resulting in some of my happiest looking wedding photos to date.

The plan for 2015 is to do more analogue film wedding photography rather than just the usual generic digital wedding photos.  Even though I call myself a Leica wedding photographer I am happy to give the Leica M3 and Leica M2 film cameras a helping hand with other make film cameras.  In the past I have normally taken a medium format film camera along and this wedding was no exception.  I also decided to take my Nikon FM 35mm film camera for a change as I can focus closer with that camera than with a Leica rangefinder.

My digital Leica M9 was my main workhorse cameras with various Leica, Zeiss and Voigtltander prime lenses being used. I supplimented the digital photos with 2 1/2 rolls of colour film and 1 1/4 rolls of black and white film from the Leica M3, Leica M2 and Nikon FM.  The wedding venue halls were too dark inside for most of the day for much colour film photography so I found myself using digital.  It certainly challenged my lighting skills even with digital!

I use manual lenses, manual cameras and manual lights not the usual TTL auto everything camera so it keeps me on my toes.  If the only cameras available in the world were Canon 5D Mk III s with no manual options and TTL speedlights on the hotshoe I would stop photography tomorrow.  Really.  I like the problem solving aspect and enjoy the challenge and creatively of doing things the hard way.  It makes every wedding fresh and I never get bored or have time to become complacent.  That said a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D4 in a low light church or venue would make photography a breeze with their high ISO capabilities so sometimes I wonder why I make life so hard for myself! 🙂

In normal circumstances I would have shot a lot more black and white film at the wedding, perhaps 3-4 rolls film and less digital but the couple asked me to do mostly colour so I did.  It is hard for clients to visualise what is possible with film and limtations of various camera formats.  Going forward I will take a selection of wedding photos in colour and black and white but use my knowledge and eye to decide when to use colour and when black and white.

As with a quite a few of my recent weddings the old Leica cameras became a talking point again.  I was taking a photo of the wedding cake with the 1950s Leica M3 and one of the more elderly guests said –

“That looks like a Leica camera.  My friend used to have one.  Very good cameras they were”.

I replied yes it is a Leica and probably similar to the one your friend had.  I sat with him so he could have a look through the viewfinder and look over the M3 and the M2.  It’s funny how people remember them.

It was really cold outside so we only had time for some rapid group photos on the hotel steps and then maybe 5 minutes for wedding portrait photos not far away.  As such I didn’t use the Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera but hope to for the next wedding.  It was a shame and I had a head full of creative shots and Ellingham Hall is a beautiful building for a backdrop.  Next time!

Wedding days are always a mad rush.  That is why I love pre-wedding engagement shoots so much as you really have time to get creative.  For anyone looking to get married I cannot recommend highly enough to book an engagment session before your wedding day even if you don’t like photos of yourself.  If the photographer is good you will like them I promise.

After shooting no film at my last wedding of 2014 in Florida I feel I am now back on track for my 2015 goals.  I will develop my own black and white film as usual once I have finished the second roll and send the colour film to a lab to be developed.

I would have loved to take the large format 4×5 Speed Graphic camera but I knew the small light window of UK winter months and near freezing temperatures would not have been ideal.  That will be something to look forward to once the days get longer and it warms up a bit!



2014 Wedding: Sarah & Mike

Highlights from Sarah & Mike’s Wedding at the Saxon Mill, Warwick. Photo with a digital Leica M9 plus analogue film cameras, Leica M2, Leica M3 and Fuji GF670


Wedding: Sarah & Mike
Coventry Wedding Photographer – http://www.MatthewOsbornephotography.co.uk / http://www.MrLeica.com

October 11th, 2014
Wedding Venue – The Saxon Mill, Warwick UK

The Saxon Mill Warwick -  Weddding

Leica M9 Colours

Sarah and Mike’s Wedding was my second Saxon Mill wedding and it was great to be back. The building has great character and even better surroundings with the views across the River Avon to Guys Cliffe.  The day actually started in the morning at Chesford Grange Hotel for Sarah’s bridal preparation photos.  From there we moved onto the Saxon Mill for the wedding ceremony that was held upstairs.  It was not a huge wedding so the room worked well for the number of guests.  After the ceremony we did group photos and wedding portraits outside then back upstairs to sit down to eat for the wedding breakfast, speeches and cake cutting.  My day finished after the first dance and it was then time to pack up and drive…

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Medium Format Wedding Photography

Medium Format Wedding Photography – Fuji GF670

Coventry Wedding Photographer – Matthew Osborne (www.MrLeica.com)

Here are a few sample images from Sarah and Mike’s wedding ahead of the full wedding blog post on my wedding photography blog – http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

The following photos were taken with my Fuji GF670 Pro folding rangefinder camera using the 6×6 film format.  It can also shoot 6×7.  I was really impressed by the sharpness, contrast and colours from the Fujion lens and the Fuji Pro 400H colour film combination.  All photos were taken with daylight only.  Wedding venue – Saxon Mill, Warwickshire.

Fuji GF670 Wedding Portrait

Wedding Photographer - Film Camera

Coventry Wedding Photographer - Film

Medium Format Film Wedding

Film Photography Wedding Photographer

I also took my Leica M3 loaded with 35mm black and white film.  Sample images to follow.

I am disappointed I didn’t make the time to shoot some film photography at all my weddings during 2014.  I had planned to for the majority but often ran out of time working as a single shooter.  For 2015 I am going to advise wedding couples that I will be shooting some film at their wedding.  Many wedding clients are unlikely to tell the difference between film and digital photos but I feel I work better using old film cameras.  Film makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and I get a real buzz from using old analogue cameras, whether 35mm or medium format film.  As long as couples like the end result then they are happy and I am happy.  Win win.  For 2016 I hope to be shooting more film than digital.  That’s the goal!

2014 Wedding: Sian & Mat

Leica Noctilux 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…

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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.

Here are a selection of photos from Sam and Chris’s wedding day.  The couple opted for a mixture of digital wedding photography and medium format film photography.

Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 was used for most of the day (including all group photos at f1)(excluding some 21mmf2.8 & 28mmf2 wide angle lens shots, some 90mmf2 Summicron photos for the speeches and the 75mmf2 Cron photos for detail images).

Film Photography – 1980s Fujica GS645 medium format folding film camera + 120 Fuji Pro 400H film (lab developed and scanned with an Epson v600 scanner)

645 Wedding Film Photography

Fuji GS645 Wedding

Fuji GS645 Wedding Portrait

Medium Format Wedding

Fuji GS 645 Wedding

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

Leica Noctilux Wedding