Wedding Film Photography

Wedding film Photography has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade or two. Back when my dad was shooting in the 80s, it was all film. You had to choose before you took the shot your ideal film stock. A certain brand of film that would give you the best look, colour and grain for your project. It sounds like digital has come along to save the day. With its infinite adjustability before each shot, you get your perfect shot in one take. So with digital being so great, why do we make our shots look like they’re taken on film cameras?

I started shooting weddings on film.

My very first wedding was by assisting another photographer (who we eventually shot his own wedding for), and was bold enough to try shooting film right from the off. Whilst Bertie was the lead photographer and got the important shots on digital, I had the ability to try out some film shots. Loading the camera with Ektar 100, a fine grain shot used for outdoors situations, and shot using a newly bought Nikon camera. I was absolutely smitten by the colour rendition of the hues in the scene, and decided right there that everything I shoot should be film-looking in the future.

A groom looks at a reception book whilst the bride smiles.

I worked in a printing lab.

My first job outside of university was working in a high street printing lab. At the time film was slowly dying in popularity and cheap DSLR were becoming popular. In my first year developed 100 rolls of film a day. Just two years later, only 5 a week. I have developed thousands of films, all the different stocks available. Each time I put the films through the computer for scanning, I saw how the film stocks varied the colour tones, and which ones would be most suitable for certain conditions. It was this love affair with film that pushed me to love film photography even more. It also helped that I was given free developing and processing whilst there, so I could experiment with my own bought films and cameras.

Hasselblad 500CM Medium Format Camera for wedding film photography

The images are timeless.

With the way we edit our photos, you could put a print of ours next to a wedding shot from 25 years ago, the all film era, and you would have a hard time telling the difference. Everything down to the grain and colour luminosity are all taken into consideration. This gives the pictures a truly timeless feel. Gone are the days of gimmicky photography styles, selective colour and Photoshop effects. We concentrate on making the images look classic, clear and crisp. We love to shoot hybrid too, bringing a spare film camera along to weddings.

If you would like to book your own wedding day with Special Day Photography, please contact us. We travel all throughout the UK but are based in Cheltenham. If you have a wedding in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff or Oxford please get in touch. We specialise in lifestyle wedding photography, with nothing too staged or forced. We’d love to catch up with you over a coffee to discuss any plans you may have.