A few Leica wedding photographs from John and Reema’s wedding last April (2017). John is my brother so I was multi-tasking on the day! (Guest and photographer!) 🙂
Wedding photography done mostly with a Leica M240 digital cameras and also the digital Leica M8 camera.
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2017 Leica Wedding Photography: John & Reema Wedding Venue: Hengrave Hall, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6LZ Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com April 2017 John & Reema Last April (2017) I was invited to photograph John and Reema’s Hindu wedding at Hengrave Hall in Bury Saint Edmunds. John is my ‘little’ (youngest) brother so it […]
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.
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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 […]
One more example wedding from those covered in 2016 before I move onto wedding photography taken in 2017. Flic and Mark’s wedding shot in October 2016 at the Birmingham wedding venue Fazeley Studios, Digbeth.
Photos taken with a Leica M240 and Leica M8 digital cameras using a few different lenses (listed).
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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 […]
Finally sharing some of the wedding photos from Sarah and Cris’s wedding back in October 2016. Leica wedding photography using a Leica M240 and Leica M8 cameras (but also a digital Hasselblad H3D-31 camera).
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2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Cris Wedding Venue: Hotel Felix, Whitehouse Ln, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0LX http://www.MrLeica.com October 2016 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, […]
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)