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).

Film wedding photographer London Natasha Hurley

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RSA Wedding

Champagne glass in hand, twirling in her dress – this is how Gemma started the day of her RSA wedding! A super creative, lovely, funny couple, who chose to have a winter wedding in the heart of London. From their ceremony at the beautiful Catholic Church in Soho followed by a crazy red route-master bus ride back to the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) where drinks, dinner and just a few shots of Vodka were served (a Polish tradition)!

How to plan your wedding at the RSA?

The fun and free spirit of these two was infectious! I loved photographing their wedding (they also had an engagement shoot – which was hilarious) and meant that they were comfortable on the day of their wedding and we could quickly capture some of the photographs of them both as the evening street lights came on at 4pm – yes, having a winter wedding means there are less hours of daylight so we made sure we had a few photographs before it got too dark….if you look carefully you will see the lights are on, yet the photo looks as though its in full daylight….This is the magic of photography and having a professional photographer who can create the most beautiful photographs in whatever situation.

The couple decided to use the RSA by holding their drinks reception in the Great Room, their reception in the Benjamin Franklin room and then the evening drinks were in the Vaults.

Tips for Brides – How to alter your dress?

Also a little tip from this wedding – the bride, Gemma bought an amazing dress from Forget Me Knot in their sample sale, and then designed a bodice (overlay) with a dress designer/maker to add to the dress. This made the dress unique and was a really great way of getting a bespoke dress at a very affordable cost….And she was able to make something she truly loved and represented her….And she was able to mix it up by removing the bodice part for the evening.

London Wedding Film Photographer

I hope you enjoy these photographs – mostly taken on film using a Contax 645 medium format film camera with Fuji Film 400H rolls of film and developed by Richard Photo Lab.

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Queens House Wedding Photographer

Im so thrilled to be the recommended Queen’s House wedding photographer. From the high ceilings, the beautiful classical architecture, the clean white walls, gold foil ceilings, that spiral staircase, the elegant undercover walkways, lawns to spill out onto during the drinks reception, those sweeping steps, and the underground cave for the party….Most importantly though are the people that run it. Genuine, kind, willing to go above and beyond for you.

Queens House – Real Wedding

I cannot wait to be back at the Queen’s House this year for many weddings. And if you have decided to have your wedding at the Queen’s House either this year or next, get in touch. For now I will leave you with some photos from this gorgeous wedding which was also featured on Style Me Pretty. This was a mixture of Chinese culture, interwoven with beautiful dusty pinks, from the epic rose bouquet, to the cathedral veil. The classic, stylish, beautiful details and hints of humour from the favours and ‘door games’. Such a fun celebration in the London summer air and surrounded by history, beauty and all their gorgeous family and friends.

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Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
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Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
Queens House Wedding by Natasha Hurley
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ICA Wedding Photography

I thought I’d share more from this ICA wedding I photographed with some daytime photographs. This gorgeous couple were lucky enough to be able to get married in St Paul’s Cathedral before hailing a cab for the ICA! (Slightly magical was the moment travelling with them in the black cab and seeing St Paul’s Cathedral where they had just got married in the rear view – check it out in the photo below)….Another moment was of their family and friends gathered outside the front of St Pauls for a large group photograph and all the tourists chanting for the couple to ‘kiss’ and cheers and shouts when they did!.

London Wedding Venue

During the planning process this bride and groom wanted a London wedding venue, but one which was both light, bright and beautiful without being too ornate or too quirky. One which was easy to get to, didnt need a complete re-fit in terms of ‘dry hire’ and which allowed the party to go on till late! The ICA ticked all those boxes and is such a beautiful wedding venue huh?! From the slightly blush tones of the Nash built building to the fantastic balconies that allow you to climb out of the windows and watch as the sun goes down over St James’ Park and the lights begin to twinkle over Buckingham Palace and London town.

This wedding was a treat to photograph – from the musical entrance of the Bride and Groom to the heartfelt speeches and the crazy dancing in the evening. Two of my favourite people and such an honour to be their wedding photographer for the day.

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I am a London based wedding photographer and so thrilled to share this ICA Wedding with you all. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is located right on the Mall by Buckingham Palace. Built by Nash it has the most incredible light, bright soaring ceilings yet a cozy feel – being a town house which has fire places and sweeping stairs. I thought that instead of the whole wedding we would start with the party! I adore being an ICA Wedding Photographer and I hope these photos inspire and help you plan your wedding.

5 top tips how to light the ICA for your wedding?

I thought it may help if I give a little detail on how to light the ICA for your wedding. Because this couple really wanted to create the most beautiful lighting. And with a little pre-planning and some thought as to what you want the room to look like you can create such a magical look and feel for your wedding party in the evening. The ICA themselves can recommend professional lighting experts but for this wedding my couple used

  1. If you can choose a colour for uplighters or any other lighting system, dont go for green! Instead use a purple/pink colour – this is absolutely the best!
  2. Make sure you have yellow light incorporated – candles are great or other types of fairy lights, lamps or some lights yellow’y’
  3. A disco ball is great! As is DJ standard spotlights – here just one white light shining on the disco ball working amazingly and was not expensive at all.
  4. Make sure you go outside and use the London backdrop in the early evening when the streetlights are on and you get some really magical lighting (more pics to come of options on this).
  5. Its worth investing in the fairylight curtain at the back of the atrium between the two rooms! You can use it as a backdrop for photos but will also look visually stunning!

Here are a few photographs which I hope help inspire you when choosing your wedding lighting. It really does elevate your wedding photographs and creates such an atmospheric party environment.

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