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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).

Film wedding photographer London Natasha Hurley

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Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Pembroke Lodge and Richmond Park hold such a special place in my heart. As a London wedding photographer and someone who has roots here, I have memories of the ‘Christmas morning walk’ across Richmond Park, getting engaged here, spending far too much time sitting outside Pembroke Lodge with a clotted cream scone and coffee….So, when I got the chance to be a part of this beautiful Pembroke Lodge Wedding inspired shoot I knew it would be sensational.

Elegant with a leaning towards a slight bohemian style and creative, natural palate which suited the late summer, early autumn season in the midst of Richmond park at Pembroke Lodge I hope this inspires you to dare to think outside the traditional wedding dress, go for something fashionably elegant and beautiful (not to mention something you mix and match to wear again) and also floral colours that are bold, earthy and feel part of the season.

Are you a London Bride?

If you are a London Bride-to-be check out the vendors that were part of this shoot below.

Vendor credits: Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Dresses and blouses: Kate Edmondson Bridal, Flowers: That Flower Shop, Hair and Makeup: Love Hair, Cake: The Custom Cake Boutique, Furniture Hire: Classic Crockery, Tableware and all crockery: Classic Crockery, Stationary: Gemma Milly, Ring: The Vintage Ring Co

Also a little note that most if not all of these photographs were taken on film camera (contax 645) with Portra 400 (loving this film stock lately – and as its slightly brown/copper in colour tone rather than blush pink of fujifilm pro400 I thought it would mirror the aesthetic of this shoot perfectly). All processed by Richard Photo Lab in LA.

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