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.

8 Comments

Bartek Witek

You are rocking Dave! Great work and another lovely day truly documented. Superb!

05:46 September 11, 2019
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    Dave

    Thank you so much Bartek. I really appreciate that.

    22:42 September 16, 2019
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Craig

I just wanted to say how wonderful this is, how emotional, how intimate and how joyous. Just beautiful. I loved every image. It was like being there.

08:40 September 11, 2019
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    Dave

    Wow. Thank you so much Craig. That's so lovely to take the time to write that. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a wonderful experience to photograph.

    22:43 September 16, 2019
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    Jen Veloso

    David, I have been following your work for quite some time now across the pond in Michigan. I love love your work! I am obsessed with my Fuji xpro 2 and xh1. These pictures are magnificent and I loved seeing the simplicity black and white brings to the moment. There’s no distraction, just the moment. Which lense did you use for this wedding? Again, excellent work!!

    02:48 September 17, 2019
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      Dave

      Hi Jen, Thank you all the way from Ireland! Such kind words mean a lot and I appreciate that you took the time to write. The lens is the fixed lens on the X100F. It can't be changed. Technically it's a 23mm F2 which converts to a 35mm focal lenght. The 23mm F2 WR is probably the closest lens you could get to it for your XPro2 or XH1 but the one that is ome the X100 is older so has a bit more flare etc which I love. Will you be looking forward to the new XPro3? :) I will!

      20:06 September 22, 2019
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Matt

Loved these David. I honestly think that restricting yourself brings about much more creativity. It's funny how my bag has got lighter and lighter over the years. I suppose this wedding needed no bag at all? Just a pocket with a few betteries! I do have a couple of questions. Did you miss having any other kit/focal length on the day? (My guess is you didn't, you were probably enjoying the day too much to think about it, but just out of interest). Also, based on the results and how it made you shoot, could you use just the x100f for all your wedding work? Again mate, this is really lovely work. Take care.

11:15 September 26, 2019
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    Dave

    Hi Matt, Thank you so much for such a great comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. To answer your questions, I still had a bag :) I needed to carry the flash for later, along with the batteries and I had my Xpro2 there just incase of any failures. But I usually just put a spare battery in my pocket and went about my business for most of the day. It was a very liberating experience I have to say! The only time I thought "Oh, it'd be a nice to have a longer lens here" was during the speeches. There was a videographer on the day and to get good shots of the speakers I had to get pretty close to the top table and if there's one thing I hate doing it's getting in the way of the videographer. He was cool though and told me to carry on and get the shots I needed. Also, on every other wedding, I always shoot the dances with my 14mm 2.8 on the Xpro2 which equates to a 21mm. This wedding I had to get used to shooting everything with the X100 which is a 27mm or 35mm. So Adjusting my distance and getting used to that took a little bit of time but I'm really happy with what I got. Could I do this again - 100%. I'd love to! What I'd love to do next is actually get the 18mm F2 and shoot a full day on that with the Xpro2. Thanks so much Matt! Dave

    15:57 October 1, 2019
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