Wedding Photographer Bristol Martin Dabek Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Brympton House, Somerset, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??I'm 36 and I live in Bristol with my wife and a daughter and our dog Lulu. Love traveling, street photography and Asian food.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I hope that I'm nice chap with a huge passion for photography, who really cares about his clients.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?Stu and Katherine are a really lovely, good looking couple and they got married in one of my favourite venues. There was lots of friends at the wedding and it was just fun to be part of their day.
How did you get into wedding photography?I was always photographing when I was backpacking in different parts of the world. In fact the first wedding I photographed was for my friends in Mexico. I enjoyed that so much that when I returned to the UK I started to photograph more and more weddings for my friends and family.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?Professionally since 2009.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I think I just provide consistently good photography at a reasonable price. As for mistakes, perhaps I was a bit too trusting in the beginning and paid too much for advertising in magazines and online directories.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?Clients need to really believe in a photographers work and not get caught up in wedding photography trends or the physical products offered; it’s the content that's important.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?Word of mouth. Venue recommendation and organic Google searches.
Why do you think people hire you?Because they love my style of photography and get on with me. I'm also very accommodating and open to new ideas and challenges, which I think appeals to quite a lot of people.
How many weddings do you average per year?My sweet spot is 30. I also do few after-wedding sessions in Europe.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?No one in particular springs to mind, but the most enjoyable weddings normally are the ones with more fun loving friends and family, rather than the ones that are all about the fancy cars and the d&ecoute;cor.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?I’ve already shot in Paris, Venice and even the Sahara dessert! In the future I would love to photograph an after-wedding session in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It’s a stunning place.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?Canon 5D MK3 and 2, 24-105L , 70-200 4L, 85 1.4 , macro lens, speed lights, pocket wizards and my video light.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Every wedding is different, but I always like to be up close and in the action, as discreetly as possible! Occasionally I take a little more control, when requested by the bride and groom, especially when lighting is involved.
Who or what inspires you?My clients inspire me, as well as great light.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?I don't think I've had a best, other than word of mouth!
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?A land surveyor I think; that's what I was trained to be.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?Stu and his groomsmen before the ceremony. It took a few minutes to arrange this shot and the guys thought that I was insane, but in the end it was worth it. This image won a fearless award!
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?Pushing the boundaries of what can be done, to achieve jaw dropping images with an amazing light.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Offering great customer service and creating great images.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Jerry Ghionis , Daniel and Davina.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Delight and enthusiasm in the faces of my brides and grooms on receiving their albums; it’s truly priceless!
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