15 Nov Nicky + Flo | Radziejowice Palace
When the Bride sees more than just wedding pictures
In various ways you ask us about wedding photos, availability, whether we can make wedding coverage for you. This query heralded someone special.
My name is Nicola, of polish origins, but grew up abroad all my life.
For my wedding I want to come back to Warsaw though….yay
I went through a longgggg list of photographers and you guys are my favourite!! Loved the moments captured and energy.
When we read the content of the query for the free time that Nicki sent us, we felt that it will be a wedding, we will wait impatiently! Later, we found an instagram and we were totally hooked … Nicki has such a wonderful, fantastic job! He is constantly traveling, he meets new people. And at the same time is wonderful, full of energy, warm, cheerful, funny and her smile melts the glaciers!
Radziejowice Palace – a beautiful place for a wedding and a wedding reception
Despite the fact that we live in Warsaw and the Radziejowice Palace is in our close neighborhood, somehow we have never had the opportunity to appear there before to take wedding pictures. On Friday evening we got to Radziejowice to photograph the welcome party in the open air. A welcome party is not often found in Poland – it is probably not a tradition originating from Poland, but for so many guests from around the world it was a great opportunity to meet and get to know each other. Because Nicki’s life is closely related to gastronomy, he could not miss delicious food. There was a grill, typically Polish dishes, a Polish beer, delicious wines. And the whole party was crowned with a bonfire and baked marshmallows 🙂
The most international wedding we’ve photographed
The first time we had at the wedding of 32 nationalities. The most frequently asked question was “Where are you from” 🙂 It was wonderful to photograph these laughing, energetic people! Such a party that it could not tear the camera away from the eyes because there was still something going on and we could not let it go away! For us, every wedding reportage should look like that, it was a dream come true! And all this madness began on Friday – a barbecue for friends and family, and for us it was a harbinger of what we can expect the next day.
Saturday – wedding day
Preparations in the Palace apartments. You scatter, full of people, talks, laughter. Someone always came in, went out, said something, laughed … that is what we love the most in the world!
The day was sunny, hot, almost steamy. When the time of the ceremony was approaching it began to rain … And the wedding outdoors in front of the palace! Brave guests stood with a smile in the rain. Bridesmaids and groomsmen did not even blink! And this time, at the same time, it was raining and the sun was shining! At the same time it was stifling, sultry. At this point, we thought that such a unique couple as Nicki and Flo can not have an ordinary wedding. It does not suit them! It must have been special!
Sometimes the sun, sometimes rain, always red shoes
Tears mixed with rain and sweat. It was a beautiful, moving ceremony, where Nicki and Flo, surrounded by their closest friends and family, set up wedding rings in the rain and sun.
Later there was a moment to change the costumes, a short session and a looong dinner, where everyone had time to talk, drink delicious wines (each wine was specially selected) and try Polish specialties such as dumplings or carp.
During the supper there were many speeches that caused alternating volleys of laughter and tears …
And then there was a total body craze! What happened there on this dance floor !!! It is simply hard to describe, see it yourself!
Wedding photos are a very important souvenir for our couples. Often the only one, because in many cases they do not decide to hire a Video team. That was also the case – Nicki’s brother took care of film shots, and even Mama Nicky held the camera for a moment.
Ceremony place: Radziejowice Palace
Reception place: Radziejowice Palace
Wedding Planner: Kasia Gajek, ASPIRE
Decorations: Rock and Flowers
The camera does not take pictures, the photographer does them
For over two years, we have been photographing again only on small cameras. The fact that Leica M9 is among them should not surprise you, Marcin was the first wedding photographer in Poland to use this Leica model, which has been accompanying us since the end of 2010. Two years ago, we returned for the second time to Fujifilm cameras. We started the adventure with them in May 2012 – quite unfortunate, because for the recently released model XPro1 there was even no RAW files in Adobe Lightroom (not to mention other programs like Capture One). The idea of small cameras stayed with us despite the fact that Leica M9 was the only small camera for several years.
Sometimes it’s worth to let go and come back to the topic, especially the hardware one
We took a break because we were not completely satisfied with the results or more precisely – the efficiency of the equipment, repeatability of results. We have decided to wait for repetitive and faster AF, flash also working in the series, better lamp support. So we gave producers time to refine the structure – 2012 was definitely too early to rely 100% on one system, eg Fujifilm. Two years ago – we tested a few options, on the way there were Nikon, Sony, and Canon – it fell on the Fuji XT2. It is not a perfect camera, because it is not – it is an acceptable camera. We are still looking, but without the hysteria of continuous camera change – unfortunately Fujifilm Poland is very far from Leica Camera Polska when it comes to renting cameras for tests (the lens lending from the FPS program looks a little better).
Is the Fuji XT2 a good choice for wedding reportage?
We can honestly say that the predictability of the effect of XT2 as a camera for the wedding photographer – by us the most desirable – is big. Matrix forgives less than in full-frame Canon or Nikon, but Fuji has a very good tonal reproduction even in poor conditions. Unfortunately, Sony disappointed us with mapping the blue colors of lights in poor lighting conditions – and we are very often in such.
Small cameras, bright lenses
We photograph focal lengths from 16mm to 90mm (ie from 24mm to 135mm) – this combination works very well for wedding reportage and regardless of whether you prefer SONY, FUJI or other systems, we recommend looking for a smaller camera because it will … better blend in with guests at the wedding – and this in turn allows you to take some other pictures – unless this is not entirely your goal. A lot of mixing of flash and light found at the party – on the one hand, we can obtain clear colors, not dominated by one color temperature, on the other hand – thanks to small cameras and bright glasses – approach very closely and remain unnoticed.
In this material you can see 320 photos which we chose from a two-day material made for Nicola and Florian. Heat, rain, ghost – 14h reportage on the wedding day – but seeing so smiling faces full of life around – we were given a boost of energy. Enjoy watching!