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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).

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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 

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London film wedding photographer

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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