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 […]
First wedding photos shared for 2017 – Martin and Emma getting married at Mottram Hall in Cheshire back in April 2017. (I’m catching up very slowly! More 2017 weddings to follow).
Photos taken mostly with a Leica M240 digital cameras and Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 lens. (Great lens!)
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2017 Leica Wedding Photography: Martin & Emma Wedding Venue: Mottram Hall Wedding, Cheshire Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com April 2017 Martin & Emma Martin’s Dad, Paul kindly contacted me back in 2015 to say that he followed my photography work online and would I be available to photograph his son’s wedding in 2017. I think […]
This is what I would like to do for you at your wedding! Leica wedding photography images using a 1950s design Leica M3 film camera (and other Leica cameras plus a Hasselblad). If couples give me the time and showed interest these are the type of wedding photos I would like to do at every wedding (plus more outside wedding pictures when the weather is favourable!) 🙂
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B&W Film Wedding Photography: Harriett & Ash Coventry Wedding Venue: Best Western Weston Hall Hotel, Bulkington Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com December 2017 Before I share some of my Leica wedding photography from the real weddings I was booked for last year here is a wedding look photoshoot from the end of 2017. UK […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
I did manage to get to a wedding in Florida in 2014 and fingers crossed 2018 will bring more great destination wedding photography opportunities! 🙂
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.
Ultimate Wedding Magazine – Film Wedding Photography
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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.
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 – 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.
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!
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 T* – Leica M mount
Matthew Osborne Photography
My latest purchase is a Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 lens. At my last wedding I spent much of the day swapping between a Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 and Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8 on my Leica M9 for wide angle photos. I enjoy documentary wedding photography where people are captured interacting and shown within their environment. In contrast, for my model photography and portraiture when there is only one subject I often like to isolate by subjects with tight crops and/ or a shallow depth of field. For indoor wedding photography such as for some of my last wedding in the Peak District I often found the 21mm ZM Biogon a little too wide and the 28mm Ultron too close to 35mm, being too narrow. The ZM Biogon 21mm and 25mm are sharper than the f2 Ultron and more similar to the sharpness of the 15mm Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar. I used to enjoy the 24mm focal length on my Nikon D800 using a Nikkor 24mm f2.8 prime. I have most focal lengths in Leica M mount but nothing between 21mm and 28mm.
Leica 24mm f2.8 Elmarit-M vs. Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8
There is actually three 24mm-25mm Leica M lens options –
Leica 24mm f2.8 Elmarit-M costing £2200 weighing 290g and with an E55 filter
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 costing £900 weighing 260g and with a 46mm thread
Leica 24mm f1.4 Summilux ASPH costing around £4700 weighing 468g
The Leica Lux 24mm is beyond my budget and I don’t think I would be willing to spend over £2K on a wide angle lens as a portrait photographer. I therefore had two options, a used Leica Elmarit 24mm f2.8 or for less money a new Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8. I have no loyalty to Leica lenses and do love the contrasty punchy images from Zeiss glass. If the Elmarit and the Biogon were the same price new I would choose the ZM Biogon as the ZM 46mm filter thread fits in with my existing lenses and filters (excluding the Noctilux and 90mm Cron that are larger than 52mm). I use step up filter rings for lenses from 39mm-52mm to use 52mm filters.
I am hoping the Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8 lens will replace two lenses in my camera bag, the 21mm and 28mm. The 28mm has already replaced my 35mm for most weddings so my new wedding lens trio would then be 25mm, 50mm, 90mm for focal lengths but take the 75mm for detail photos. For a two lens setup I would use the 25mm and 75mm Cron APO for a super sharp lens combo on two Leica M bodies. For a one camera one lens setup I tend favour the 50mm focal length over 35mm, hence my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 weddings.