September 10, 2019

Noelle and Shane – X100F Wedding

Well. This is different.
One wedding.
One camera.
One lens.
All black and white.
Full documentary.

More about that at the bottom of the blog. For now, this is all about Noelle and Shane and their brillaint day at The Set and Langtons in Kilkenny. One of the most enjoyable shooting experiences I’ve ever had, if there was ever two people that put their total faith and trust in me it was these two. That’ll all be explained later.
I honestly don’t know what I can say about these two but what I will say is this, I when I left that night I was gutted I wasn’t a guest staying to join in on the fun. Being around them and their family was a joy. Shane, I never said this on the day but your mum reminds me so much of my mum, what an absolte dote! That hug she gave your belly during the speeches – my god. As for your boy, what a little trooper – he was always going to upstage everyone wasn’t he?

I can’t thank you enough, this was big for me. I hope belief in me pays of. Thank you. A million times over. I like you. And I love you.

Anyone who knows me, knows that my favourite camera of all time is the Fujifilm X100F.

I have been using it to shoot weddings alongside various other cameras (the X-Pro2, X-T2, X-H1, X-E3 and X-70) since it’s release in early 2017.

I shoot all of my personal work with it and if you’ve ever met me in person, the liklihood is that I’ve probably pointed my X100F at you at one point or another.

It’s my constant. Without getting too corny, it’s how I see the world so when I put that thing to my eye I know exactly what I’m going to take without the need to move or recompose. Through constant use, inside and outside of the wedding environment, it feels completly natural to me.

As for black and white photography. Over the years I’ve fallen more and more in love with it. It’s timelessness, especially when I look back at weddings I’ve shot in the earlier part of my career is obvious to most. Back then, some of the colour processing was maybe of it’s time, the vintage look was very in, yet the black and white images look as good today as they did back then.

So, for some time now one of the items on my bucket list has been to shoot a wedding entirely on the X100F and entirely in black and white and in a completely documentary approach – ie, no posed session meaning that the couple could enjoy their day to the max without needing to be taken away for wedding portraits. Just to note. I did take four family photos upon request. The importance of those images is not lost on me.

When I floated this idea to Noelle and Shane they jumped at it. They could feel my enthusiasm and put 100% of their trust in me and for that I am so incredibly thankful.

As I mentioned at the top of the blog post, this has to be one of the most enjoyable shooting experieces I’ve ever had. That single camera over my shoulder with that same focal length all day really lit a creative fire in me that burned brighly all day. I loved it. I hope you liked it too. If you have any questions at all, please ask them below and I’ll be more than happy to answer.

Are you getting married? Would you like a 100% documentary day? Maybe you’d like your full wedding in black and white just like Noelle and Shane? If so, please do get in touch as I feel this could be the start of something.

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