Wedding shoot with a Leica M4-P By Rikard Landberg

Wedding shoot with a Leica M4-P

By Rikard Landberg

Hi! My name is Rikard Landberg.

In March this year I did my second wedding shoot ever. I don’t like to photograph weddings, they are too posed and too stiff. But this couple wanted something else. Beside the regular “posed” wedding photo the couple wanted some different pictures, so I figured I could shoot the wedding with a documentary feel. Capture the moment, in between the posing. Almost like behind the scenes.

At the time my Leica M6 had broken down so i had to get a new camera. So I found this beaten up Leica M4-P. It looked like it was hit by the train but it worked like it was brand new! I loaded it up with som Kodak Tmax 400 and shoot the wedding. When my M6 got back from the shop I sold the M4-P, something that I regret.

Here are the results.


Bröllop_spegel (2)TOYP

Bröllop_JA (4)TOYP

Bröllop_JA (3)TOYP

Bröllop_400_walk (2)TOYP



Check out my website and flickr!

Rikard Landberg, Sweden.

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  1. I particularly like the penultimate image; except for the pole growing out of her head.


    • … I think the pole in #6 is forgivable, for once.

      Indeed I like the #6 most, but the #7 is interesting as well…

  2. I have looked at your stuff on Flickr and like a lot of your images -in fact I have seen some of your images before and have now finally connected them with you !-but these wedding photos are not to my particular taste -much as I like the documentary approach.
    Ironic how I always seem to like the photos on peoples Websites but am nearly always less than enthused by the material people choose to post on this site!
    Just wondering am I alone in this feeling -would be a bit concerned if I was.

    Best Wishes

  3. The only shot which did not work was #6. The others are either good or excellent. I am glad that other people had different reactions to these photos, but I did not think that the atmosphere was in any way depressing. Casual and laid back? Yes.

    Unsharp? I don’t understand this comment. Shooting at f/2.8 means that some objects will be in focus and some not.

    I do not like studio/posed shots and the usual wedding cliches where the photographer tries too hard. Posed photos can be fine, though, as long as they are brief and casual. Reportage style is much better. That’s why National Geographic usually has better photos than Vogue.

    I would not guess that these photos had been “made by a Leica” but I would guess that they were shot with a wide-angle lens on 35mm film.

    In any case, it is not productive to assume that any camera can produce a given image. The type of camera you use often plays a part in how the image will be. You can’t help it. Using an Olympus mju II could give the exact same results – hypothetically. But in reality, it will not always be so.

    • Unsharp can have several reasons:
      – Out of focus
      – Camerashake
      – Persons movement
      You also can think a pictures is unsharp when there is very low contrast
      or the photographer have useded a wide-angle with full apperature focused
      on a strange spot (not the main objekt).

      I don´t think you need a Leica to make such photos but on the other side it can be fun !
      Personally I would prefer the much cheaper and smaller Yashica T5 for snapshots.
      The lens is amazing sharp and you can use autofocus/programm automatic.
      Out of the pokert and ready to shoot !

    • > The only shot which did not work was #6.

      I disagree. It works for me even with the pole ‘growing’ from the bride’s head.

      Smaken verschillen…

  4. Is the first shot a scene from Austin Powers? Looks like Mini-me with Doctor Evil’s henchman…

    I think these are the most depressing wedding pictures I’ve ever seen but if that’s what it was like on the day, good job in capturing the atmosphere.

      • Good for you in having a vision of what you wanted from the images and sticking to it. It would be very boring world if we all liked the same things and these are certainly not run of the mill wedding pictures.

        By the way – did the firing squad that the bride is waiting for in Picture 6 actually show up?

  5. Nice photos – documentary style but with artistic aesthetic: balance of dark and light, good tonal range evident even on my monitor, and good timing. I like the boy bounding up the stairs with the leading lines, the use of the mirror is well timed and the contra-jour lighting and the tender hand placed on the child’s back is beautiful.
    Good art!

        • Very, very quirky, Rikard.

          What’s happened in no.5? Has there already been a sad parting of the ways? She’s dragging her feet. As Roy hints, are they going out to sit on the end of the sea wall and await inundation by the incoming tide, like Gilliatt in Hugo’s “Toilers of the Sea”?
          Hold on!, in no.6, Deruchette has changed her mind and obviously made it back to land. And the kid. Phew. Ominously, no sign of Gilliatt, though.

          We’ll await the next shots to see the lucky Anglican minister..

          Seriously, some good creamy tones in the highlights (dress etc).

  6. Very nice pictures! I like #1,4 & 5 especially. I find “documentary” or candid shoots to be much more interesting than when posed, as they tell a real story.

  7. These pictures made by a ‘point & shoot’ camera, e g a Sony RX100 III, had given the same results!
    None could have guessed these are made by a Leica.

  8. Very nice! Just last week I did a wedding with a 1957 Leica IIIg for some “nostalgic” snapshots. (The pros used their machine-gun Canons for official work.) The Leica and FP4+ gave an appealing mood.

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