So thrilled to have this London Winter Wedding shoot featured in both You and Your Wedding Magazine and also on international blog Magnolia Rouge which you can check out here. If you are thinking of holding a destination wedding in London or who has made their home in London and want to host a wedding in London showcasing your lives all the people involved in this shoot are London based. So easy to find a supplier you are on the lookout for! And also gives you an idea of what a winter wedding in London can look like. Those crisp frosty winter days are so romantic and give a different feel and flavour to the day…Wrapping up warm with glasses of punch and mulled wine, beautiful candlelit dinners, and the excitement of guests – attending a winter wedding is far less usual than a summer one and often the stand-out event to look forward to.
If you are thinking of eloping or holding a destination wedding in London, its always a great idea to ask your photographer to take you to some quintessential London streets that offer the best reflective light, gorgeous backdrops and are perfect for those iconic photographs that will become the showcase of your wedding day.
So this shoot took place at the Bridal Boutique and Kensington and featured a host of talented suppliers. Hair and Makeup – Tori Harris, Hair accessories – Victoria Millesime, Dress – Lucy Martin Bridal, Grooms attire – Alexandra Wood Bespoke, Stationary – Jennifers Papers, Cake – The Custom Cake Boutique Designed and Styled by The Boutique Bridal Coop Flowers – Blue Sky Flowers
All the photographs here were taken on film (Portra400) on Contax 645 with an 85mm f2 zeis lens. I find this film type perfect for the UK as it gives slightly more yellow/brown feel to the photographs (something you dont need in California by is great for London).
Why have a London Engagement Shoot?
I thought I’d share this beautiful London Engagement shoot on film today. So often your engagement is a whirlwind of organising for your wedding that having a moment to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate being an engaged couple is so special. My own engagement shoot a day before our wedding was a blissful hour as the sun was setting, just relaxing and thinking of nothing but having fun with my husband to be and our wedding photographer. So I know from the ‘other side’ of the camera also how important it is as a bride….Certainly if you are nervous about having your photograph taken on your wedding day or if you want to get an idea of how it will feel like, I ALWAYS think an engagement shoot is perfect for this. Also you get an extra set of photographs which you can frame which are of equal quality to your wedding photographs and add something different…
Top Tips for Brides
If you are having an engagement shoot here are a few of my top tips…Have a hair appointment the day before or morning of your engagement. Bring along a few wardrobe changes – and celebrate the shoot as something special by wearing something special. Things that look great on film particularly are light/pale coloured dresses without much patterning. Bring along hats, sunglasses, beautiful shoes, great jewellery….Allow your photographer to choose the location and time on the date….This means they will be able to select the most beautiful backdrops and know where the best lighting is.
London Engagement Shoot on Film
Heres a few photographs – pretty much all taken on film using fujifilm400 and on my contax645 developed by Richard Photo Lab in LA…..Now can you spot where in London this is….(my secret gorgeous reflected and bounced light street which has victorian lamps and is always empty even though its in the heart of tourist land in London).
Being a London film photographer I thought I would share just a few film photographs from this beautifully simple, authentic wedding shot in one of the parks in London. As a Londoner one of the best things about this city is all the green spaces! Such a bonus to have a wedding in the city yet it feel like you are in the country….The best of both worlds. I also love the natural look and feel of the table – clean white crockery, elegant champagne coupes and living flowers in pots as centrepieces. More coming soon (after publication).
Shot on film using Contax 645 medium format camera and Kodak portra 400 rolls of film. I just simply adore how film captures the light in a whole other way to digital and that with some time you can create the most beautiful, elegant and gracious photographs. Dress separates and hair accessories by EdmondsonBridal
Why am I a Film Wedding Photographer in London? Well, its definitely not cheap. In fact it’s super expensive to shoot on film with old film cameras as opposed to using digital cameras. But there is an art to it. A look and a feel that is magical….
The cost of being a film wedding photographer
For starters, the rolls of film are £33 for a pack of 5 which have just 16 photographs on. Yes, I can click 16 times and the roll is finished….Then, it costs upwards of £20 to mail the rolls of film to LA for processing….This costs on average £200 for 10 rolls. I then have Fedex of £45 to post the negatives back to me. So for 10 rolls of film its costing a minimum of £330….or £3 each time I press the shutter. This is all before I have spent time going through each and every one, tweaking, converting into high resolution in Photoshop (a 5 stage process).
Then there are the cameras….I have two Contax645 medium format film cameras (that are no longer made). This means that parts and maintenance is expensive…Late last year I took one of my Contax645’s in for repair and a clean which cost £700 (the equivalent on digital would have been about £100). The cost of the cameras and lenses themselves are also high – and they keep getting more expensive. I have two Contax 645, a 80mm 2.0 Zeis, a 140mm 2.8 Zeis, a Canon EOS 3, a Nikon Ti35mm 2.8 and an old Landcamera Polaroid. Lets just say its expensive but amazing kit!
The art of being a film wedding photographer
Photographing a wedding on film however is an art form, and sings to my creative spirit as well as producing (what I believe, in the best lighting conditions) superior quality photographs. The way a negative captures light is different to the way a digital camera captures light. The negative has a wider range to absorb more colour and at a wider spectrum. It also doesnt ‘burn’ the bright light or make ‘black’ the darker shadows in sunlight.
That said, I also appreciate and love digital cameras and lenses for when the light is not great – ie when its too low (speeches, evening dancing) or too artificial (ceremonies that are inside and lit with yellow lights rather than natural light).
So I shoot on both – and give my couples and clients the best of both worlds….Something I would have dearly loved as a bride as well as a wedding photographer myself.
I will leave you with a few film photographs to enjoy. Taken on Contax 645 with a range of film types (fujifilm Pro400H, Ilford3200, Kodak Portra 400).