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 […]
Here are a sample of wedding photos frorm Sarah and Ed’s wedding back in 2016. Still catching up on blogging the 2016 weddings before I start the 2017 weddings! Pictures include Leica wedding photography with a Leica M240 (mostly hence the Leica title) and Hasselblad wedding photography with a digital Hasselblad H3D-31.
Bridal session photography is quite possible my favourite type of photography. A mix of model photography, wedding photography and fashion photography with the best bits from each. By that I mean a nice model in a beautiful wedding dress and where we have all the time we need to create hopefully beautifully crafted images without the pressures and time constraints of an actual wedding day. To then shoot it all on a film camera is then icing on the cake for me. I prefer the look of film and hope to shoot a higher percentage of film at every wedding I cover going forward.
Leica Wedding Photography / Film Wedding Photography
If every couple allocated at least one hour of their wedding day for me capture stylised wedding photos like this I would be a very happy man and I think the resulting images would result in a happy bride (bride and groom too depending who was in the photos). Posing two people is often easier than one and a real bride and groom are on their wedding day high so that normally results in nice smiley natural looking wedding photos. Posing does not need to be a dirty word. It merely lets me place my bride and groom in the best possible light.
For this bridal shoot in Ukraine I shot with available light only to be able to work quickly. I was using both the digital Leica M 240 and the Leica M3. For the second roll of film in the M3 most of the photos were taken within a space of five minutes. It was my fastest roll of 35mm film shot to date as I wanted to make the most of the situation. Beautiful and willing models, the flowers, the dress, the location all in a remote woodland clearing one afternoon in Ukraine after a mini road trip. The bride(s) spoke little / no english but we still managed to get some nice photos with me directing with my hands and using body language. The first of two bridal shoots was with model Evgenia and I used AGFA Vista 200 Plus colour film (below). I then did the shoot again with model Olga in the same dress using Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film (not all scanned yet). Here is an example photo with model Olga in black and white.
Hasselblad Wedding Photography
The Ukraine trip was pre-Hasselblad era so I had my Leica M3 35mm film camera, Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens and was shooting 35mm AGFA Vista 200 plus budget film. I really like AGFA Vista film at the moment and prefer the more saturated look to that of Kodak Portra that can look a little flat. I wish there was a 120 AGFA Vista film for me to use in my Hasselblad as there seems a real gap in the colour film available for 400 speed saturated film. I need a Kodak Ektar 400 film ideally as I love the saturation from Kodak Ektar 100. Going forward my new Hasselblad 501C medium format film camera will be with me at all my weddings. It is not as fast to use as the Leica M3 rangefinder for film photography but the results are just amazing.
Without further ado here are the AGFA Vista colour film photos from the first bridal photography session shot with my recalibrated Leica M3 and model Evgenia.
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)
2015: Mike & Caroline (UK)
2015: Dan & Amelia (UK)
2015: Karen & Chris (UK)
2015: Andy & Andy (Latest – Yesterday!)
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)
October 11th, 2014
Wedding Venue – The Saxon Mill, Warwick UK
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…
Venue for Engagement Shoot: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry + Coventry Studio
Pre-wedding engagement photography a using a Leica M9 camera. You may recognise Maria from past Flickr photos I have shared as she has modelled for me before. Maria asked if I could do a black and white studio photography shoot for her and Dior who recently got engaged. I agreed but recommended we also did an outside location shoot too as that is where the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens really comes into it’s own. With that all agreed we did a part one and part two shoot, with the first being in the studio and getting Dior used to the camera and the second at the popular Coventry wedding venue, Coombe Abbey Hotel as it is only down the road from them.
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 produce wedding photos. This does not interest me as it kills the creativity and excitment. I much rather work closely with a smaller number of couples that like like my style of photography and share their excitment in the build up to their wedding day. It sounds cheesy but I really do get excited before my shoots and always have a head full of creative ideas during the week leading up to each wedding!
Yesterday I wanted to try my latest addition to my Leica camera bag, a 1954 Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens. I shot 90% of the day using this lens and my Leica M9 camera. I changed to a Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 for a short time to do some close up shots. The ‘Cron has a 0.7m closest focal range vs. 1m of the Summarit. I will post a seperate review of Leica Summarit lens in the coming days.
Here are some sample images from the engagement shoot that are already on Flickr –
And here are more sample images not yet posted (selection of black and white and colour) –
Thank you to Satti B MUA who provided the hair and makeup for Terri. I used one off camera speedlight throughout the shoot. See if you can guess where it was placed for each image!
The vintage Leica Summarit lens produces softer images than modern lenses but I love the look it gives and plan to use it as one of my regular lenses going forward.
To book a wedding or engagement shoot with me do not hesitate to get in touch.. no matter where you are in the world!
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