About the Author:Christian Maike is a film-shooting photographer with a day job who resides in San Francisco. Using mainly his Contax, he shoots weddings, portraits, automobile lifestyle, and the cool things one might not notice. Click on over to his website, keep in touch via Facebook, or follow him on twitter at @christianmaike.

Yup, another wedding. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and now it hits the blog. Nina approached me about shooting her wedding over the summer and  I happily agreed.


Create. I feel this one is somewhat self-explanatory, thankfully. For those folks who have shot weddings before, we know that there is no chance for a re-take. It’s a single day event and for most folks, it’s the most important day of their lives. Better get it right.


I set out to capture their wedding in the way that I knew how. I took the usual tool – Contax 645 with 80mm ƒ/2 – as well as my not-used-very-much Canon Elan 7e with a 35mm ƒ/2 and 135 ƒ/2L lens (I’m a Nikon guy), and my beloved Leica M6 with a Leica 50mm ƒ/2 Summicron lens. Oh, and some rolls of film.


Speaking of film… I used a few different stocks and varying formats – Kodak Portra 400 (220 & 135), Ilford XP2 (120 & 135), Ilford Delta 3200 (120), Kodak TMAX 3200 (135). All film developed and scanned by the amazing Richard Photo Lab.


Grow. As each of these types of events are invariably unique, you never know what situations to expect. There are certainties, however, such as bride and groom shots, guests, and the “dreaded” family formals. I told myself that I would attempt to do something different with my photography when it came to these types of shots. I told myself to get in there, to direct, and to take charge. A challenge in any situation. I feel I walked away with some great keepers.


Enjoy and be sure to check out more of my work. You can also follow me on twitter @christianmaike. I also have another post on weddings which wash of Josh and Kate.