FRAN & DAN

ARDINGTON HOUSE, NEAR OXFORD

VINTAGE ANALOGUE FILM PHOTOGRAPHY AT A GORGEOUS STATELY HOME

When I was a child, I used to use film cameras all the time, so I was delighted when I was approached by Isabelle Elliot Photography to do analogue photography as a second shooter for her weddings, and the first one I was booked in to do was Jade and Dom’s wedding which took place at Gosfield Hall, in Halstead, in Essex.

A former royal palace, Gosfield Hall is a really striking Georgian mansion set in 10 acres of land, and there are so many options inside and out for your wedding. It’s both grand and elegant and you can have up to 116 guests at the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, and up to 250 guests at the evening party celebrations.

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY: AN AUTHENTICALLY VINTAGE TOUCH IN A DIGITAL AGE

35mm wedding film photography

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For this wedding I used high quality black and white and colour films from Kodak and Ilford to ensure consistent tones and quality throughout the day.

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What you can expect from my film photography

Experience the magic of genuine moments through classic film photography.

If you’re interested, you have the option to bring me on board as a second shooter or as a main shooter, where I mix digital and film photography to get full coverage of your wedding day. I’m open to enquiries from photographers as well as couples.

We’ll have a conversation about your vision for the wedding, the specific shots you’d like me to capture, and any particular aesthetic preferences you have in mind. This way, I can select the perfect film to bring your vision to life. Additionally, if you’re interested, I offer the option of including short Super 8 vintage analogue videos along with my analogue film photographs


After capturing your moments on film, I have the photos processed and scanned by a reliable lab. This process typically takes around 2 to 4 weeks.

Once complete, you’ll receive a link to your online gallery. From there, you have the choice to download the digital scans or have the option of creating exquisite prints. You can also create timeless photo album with your favourites, providing you with a cherished keepsake to revisit in the years ahead.

Relive the smallest moments, even as memories fade away…


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THE GROOM WAITING FOR HIS BRIDE ON ‘TEMPLE ISLAND’ AT ARDINGTON HOUSE

POLAROID WEDDING PHOTOS

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THE VIEW FROM THE CAKE OF THE WEDDING RECEPTION IN THE MARQUEE AT ARDINGTON HOUSE


FAQs about analogue film photography

DO YOU OFFER HOURLY OR HALF-DAY RATES?

If you’re local to Tunbridge Wells (I live in the centre) then I can offer hourly and half-day or shorter day rates for film photography.

If your wedding venue is further away, or you’re using multiple venues for your wedding, I’ll need to charge for travel time or a full day (whichever is cheaper).

I’m able to travel anywhere in the UK and overseas, but I would need to add on additional costs for accommodation and any visa/carnet requirements.

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I GET?

This is really down to you but normally if you hire me as a second shooter you can expect to see around 125 to 350 photos—it really depends on how many you want and decide to pay for. I don’t take nearly as many photos as a digital photographer but I have a very high rate of ‘keepers’ (meaning they’re good photos) as I’ll have carefully chosen the composition, lighting and colours for the shot.

If I’m your main photographer then we’ll agree the balance of digital and/or film photographs that you’d like me to shoot. If you want more analogue photos that’s an option too, but the developing and scanning costs will need to be added on.

DO YOU WORK AS A MAIN SHOOTER OR A SECOND SHOOTER?

I offer myself as both; I love second shooting as it means I can take the time to get some amazing angles and capture unique shots of your day and I love working alongside a main shooter. But most of my work is as a main shooter.

If you hire me as your main shooter, I will also bring my digital camera and. you can expect a hybrid of digital and film photographs from your day. You can either hire me directly or via your planner if you’re using one.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY FILM PHOTOS?

It’s possible I’ll get the scans back from the lab within 3 weeks; so much quicker than for digital as there’s almost no editing required for film photos—the picture is created at the time of taking and the ‘look’ and the gorgeouos grain comes from the camera and the film itself.

If you’re having Polaroid photos, normally I’ll send these over in the post once they’ve fully developed, as I also scan these for you.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS YOU’D LIKE
TO ASK ME?

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Film Photography: Why not have a unique something ‘old’ at your wedding?

If you’re interested in having analogue film photos taken of your day, either as a second shooter or a main shooter, why not get in touch to check if I’m free for your date, let me know your budget if you have one, as well as tell me about you both and all about your wedding day.

Essays are welcome—I love hearing all about weddings!

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