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 […]

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Leica Wedding (*and Hasselblad!)

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.

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Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa Wedding Venue: Barton Hall Hotel, Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SG, UK http://www.MrLeica.com December 2015 Intro & Apologies! I know the days and weeks past by in a blur but I can’t believe it is almost two years since I shared any wedding photographs! Really sorry for the […]

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2017 Film Weddings

I covered Nick and Naz wedding photography a few weeks ago in the UK and they asked me to use analogue film cameras only.  I had a very enjoyable day and used a variety of film cameras – Hasselblad, Mamiya, Leica and more. It also made me realise I had not shared any wedding photos since 2015!  I am now on catch up!  More to come! 🙂

Destination Wedding Photographer

To my frustration, on the same day as the UK wedding I was also asked to photo a wedding in San Francisco, all expenses paid etc.  I added it to my list of destination weddings I was asked to cover but for some reason was not able to attend!

  • San Francisco
  • Barbados
  • Italy
  • India
  • Greece

I did manage to get to a wedding in Florida in 2014 and fingers crossed 2018 will bring more great destination wedding photography opportunities! 🙂

 

 

Ultimate Wedding Magazine – Competition

Ultimate Wedding Magazine – Film Wedding Photography

Competition – Win Free Kodak Film Wedding Photographer

Competition Deadline 31st August 2015

MrLeica.com has teamed up with friends at Kodak Alaris and UK Film Lab to offer you the chance to win a free wedding photographer thanks to Ultimate Wedding Magazine.  I will cover your wedding day for free* as a second photographer shooting exclusively with Kodak films (*Please see competition details for full T&Cs – link below).

Having Two Wedding Photographers

As the primary (or only) wedding photographer my creative possibilities are more limited as wedding photographers are always expected to stand in a certain place at certain times throughout the day to get the expected ‘key’ photos for the wedding album.  Most wedding couples also expect digital photos so I find I never get the chance to shoot as much film as I would like to.  For me this is a shame as I feel the film images look nicer with better colours and tones and with the soft timeless look.  For my personal work and model photography film takes preference for all shoots.  By offering my wedding photography services for free* as a second photographer you have no concerns that you wont have a complete set of expected digital photos as these will be captured by your primary photographer.  My wedding photography will instead give you some additional unique looking photos to enjoy taken from a different perspective.

My Wedding Photography Style

I am a documentary style wedding photographer with a low key photojournalist/ editorial approach.  My aim is to take photos that tell the story of your day and create lasting memories. The excitment and emotions of you and your guests, the wedding venue, the finer details and some stylised wedding portraits.  My wedding portraits are a blend of fashion photography and low key wedding photography to create flattering yet natural looking photos.

Kodak Alaris and UK Film Lab

Kodak arguably produces some of the very best film with Kodak Portra as my go to film for colour wedding photography.  Kodak Ektar is perfect for more saturated colours and for black and white film I use Kodak T-Max and Kodak Tri-X films.  When it comes to film developing in the UK it doesn’t come much better that UK Film Lab.  Christian and Erica offer a high end professional service to obtain the best possible prints and scans from the film negatives.

Is film better than digital?

Each photographer will give a different option depending on their preference but in honesty both are good and both have their strengths.

Digital – For me digital is better suited for low light photography; dark venues,  indoor  weddings and short overcast winter days.  I tend to shoot less or no film if there is insufficient light as the resulting images would be very grainy.  That said it is nice to get a few shots at the end of the day such as during the first dance.

Film – Film excels in bright sunny conditions such as outdoor weddings or locations that have lots of sunny blue sky days.  Film also suits weddings where couples have gone to great lengths to pick a beautiful wedding venue and have an eye for the finer details.

Film has a softer more arty look than digital images produced by modern DSLR cameras.  Many digital wedding photographers try to emulate the look of film with Photoshop plugins but why settle for imitations when you can have the real thing.

Is film right for your wedding?

Take into consideration the pros and cons of film detailed above, your wedding venue and the time of the year you will get married.  Perhaps Google ‘film wedding photography’ images and see if you like the look.  You might notice some the best photos are often taken in bright light and with the sun behind the subject.

Please find examples of my film wedding photography below using vintage Leica film cameras and various medium format film cameras.

Film Wedding Photography

Contax 645 Wedding :)

Mamiya 645 Wedding

Fuji GF670 Wedding Portrait

Leica Film Wedding

Kodak Portra Wedding B&W

Leica M2 Film Wedding

Leica M2 Wedding

Coventry Wedding Photographer - Film

Mamiya RZ Wedding Photography

Colour Film Wedding Photography

Nikon F4 Bridal Shoot

Film Wedding Photography

Film Wedding Photography

Mamiya 645 Wedding

Link to Ultimate Wedding Photography competition – Free Film Wedding Photographer

See more of my wedding photography examples at http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

Leica Weddings

Leica Weddings

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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).

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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
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Wedding: Sarah & Mike
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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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Engagement: Alex & Andy

Leica Noctilux Engagement – Analogue film and digital images from Alex and Andy’s E-session in London. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Engagement: Alex & Andy

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Coventry Wedding Photographer – Location Shoot

Venue for Engagement Session: Bishops Park, Fulham, London

I caught the train from Coventry and met Alex and Andy on a wet morning in November on Fulham Palace Road.  We decided to grab a coffee in a hope the rain would blow over.  It gave us chance to get to know each other and for me to explain the cameras I would be using.  I had the digital Leica M9 to capture the majority of the photos and also my 1950s Leica M3 film camera.  I had a part roll of black and white Kodak T-Max 100 to finish in the camera and would then shoot colour film, Fujicolor C200.  I normally use Kodak Portra but C200 can be quite nice too.

We were in luck. The rain stopped so we took a walk along the…

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B Roll Photos – Saint Augustine

B Roll Photos – Saint Augustine, Florida
Matthew Osborne Photography
Leica M9 B&W JPEGs

After arriving in Saint Augustine, Florida after dark on Thursday, I went exploring on Friday to find the wedding venues for the wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast.  These were The Lightner Museum and Casa Monica Hotel respectively.  I went and spoke to the hotel staff and people in the museum to get more details and to introduce myself.  I knew the actual wedding ceremony would take place on the little bridge in the middle of the courtyard and I wanted to check possible camera angles and whether a 50mm focal length was long enough to get me close to the detail. I got some detail shots from each venue while I was there and then some of the surrounding town and buildings including Saint Augustine Fort.  The most used lens on my walkabout was the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5.  See a few sample images below shot with my digital Leica M9 and I will add the more wedding specific ones to the wedding blog post spread.

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Posts still to come from my trip to Florida:

  • Marv & Paula’s Leica Wedding
  • Gun Culture
  • Lake Eola & Patience of a Saint
  • Dining at the Ritz