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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).

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So following on from my previous post (see below) comes part two of this gorgeous Cutty Sark wedding inspired shoot. Seriously, this venue really is unique – on the banks of the river with the masts rising to the sky and a copper plated hull under which to feast. As a Londoner its always such a magic moment to discover new places and especially wedding venues like this. The inspiration came from the oil paintings of JM Turner and the feel and mood of Jamaica Inn novel – no anchors in sight for this boat wedding venue!

A list of all the amazingly creative and talented vendors are at the end of the post below but special mentions to Lily Vanilli and her cake – a four tiered scrumptious beauty, Sanni Sorma for that bohemian hair style and blush makeup, Kate for the dresses – made especially for the shoot – both elegant, stylish, classic yet bohemian in look, Bridie for the beautiful oil painting and all the paper goods  and all the folks that look after Cutty Sark and us on the day.

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Fine Art Wedding

This Fine Art Wedding inspiration was held at the epic and unique Cutty Sark – a 19th century tea clipper steeped in history. I was absolutely honoured to style and photograph this gorgeous wedding shoot in the midst of London yet seemingly floating on the Thames. Inspiration came from the oil swirls and pastel tones of the painter Turner and a dramatic, wilderness feel echoing the novel, Jamaica Inn. The focus and drive was very much wanting to craft something artistic.

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Shot primarily on film (Kodak portra400) and Contax 645 there was nothing else I wanted to use. Those deep copper tones of the film I used and the magic that often follows when I shoot on film, it was a must.

So I will leave you with a little glimpse of the magic and the exceptionally talented, artistic and creative vendors involved below.

Cutty Sark Wedding by Natasha Hurley Photography

Cutty Sark Wedding by Natasha Hurley Photography

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Cutty Sark Wedding by Natasha Hurley Photography

Cutty Sark Wedding by Natasha Hurley Photography

Venue: Cutty Sark, London, Dress: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Hair and Makeup: Sanni Sorma, Cake: Lily Vanili, Stationary: The Little North Sea Studio, Flowers, props and tableware: Palette Events, Ring: London Vintage Ring Company, Photography and Styling: me

A few weeks ago I had the honour, privilege and fun to photograph on board the awe-inspiring Cutty Sark with a whole bunch of super creative people. As film scans arrived this morning I couldn’t resist but post a little preview of all the beauty to come. And for those London brides to be who are searching for a venue – this really is beautiful, different and rather fun. Oh and all the folks there will not only look after you superbly but become friends.

Venue: Cutty Sark Greenwich (Events Coordinators Amie, Catherine, David), Hair and Makeup: Sanni Sorma, Cake: Lily Vanilli, Stationary: The Little North Sea Studio, Dress: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Flowers and Tableware & furniture: Palette Events, Model: Natasha Pinder, Linen: Palette Events & Silk and Willow, Candles: Quirky Dovetail, Ring: The London Victorian Ring Co, Styling and Photography: me

Cutty Sark by Natasha Hurley Photography