Wedding Photographer Dubrovnik Marko Marinkovic shoots a wedding at Hotel Palace, Dubrovnik; Croatia, Croatia

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Wedding Photographer : Marko Marinkovic  
Couple : Sarah + Gehrig
Wedding Photographer Dubrovnik
Ceremony Location : Dubrovnik, Croatia
Reception : Hotel Palace, Dubrovnik; Croatia
Wedding Date : 23rd June 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a bearded guy who likes to shoot weddings and travel. I particularly enjoy doing both at the same time!

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Most people say that I’m constantly smiling, so hopefully that would fit into my description.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Dubrovnik is an amazing place and shooting there is always a challenge because of the heat and crowds of tourists. Sarah&Gehrig organized their wedding from the USA and it turned out to be quite the challenge given the time difference.

Being a Dubrovnik wedding photographer I was happy to help out and find them this venue, it turned out to be one of my best Dubrovnik weddings ever. Both Sarah&Gehrig were very relaxed and enjoyed the day fully as it unfolded.

The family atmosphere was in the air and they really made me feel like a part of it. I’m happy to say that we’re very good friends today!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was chasing a corporative career prior this adventure, and was pretty good at it. To be honest the money was better, but I had no life so on April 12th I decided to quit my job as an executive in one of the largest Croatian companies and on May 1st 2012 I opened up my own company and took it from there.

Today I’m proud to say that almost all of my weddings are booked at least a year ahead. I’m using my acquired business skills to boost my business as much as I can. I also teach workshops for wedding photographers or one on one tutoring for more individual approach. I’m happy to say that I traveled eleven countries last year for weddings, got 23000 fans on my facebook account since I started and really enjoyed every minute of it!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Three years and counting!

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Mistakes are inevitable. When you’re doing things on your own it’s a circle of trial and error, but being well prepared is the key for success. I started reading a lot about SEO, marketing, business structure, project management, created my business plan and took it from there. It’s something that has to be done. Most of my workshop participants think they know what their next goal is, but putting it in writing is essential. Organization and communication skills helped out too.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

Honestly I don’t think of things this way. If someone loves my work, that should be their drive to contact me. Nothing else. I aim for one person at a time, not all of the couples are my potential clients, and there will always be people who don’t really like my work and my quiet approach. That’s a good thing, there’s a wedding photographer for everybody on the market, you just have to look for what you really love.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I mainly focused on social networks and I can say that it boosted my business significantly! To tell the truth Facebook today is not the same platform it was three years ago, so it’s more challenging to start out today but when there is a will there is a way!

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Why do you think people hire you?

My work and personality.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I limit myself on 25 weddings per year.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

My own, but it’s impossible :) If you aimed for a celebrity, every couple who hires me is a celebrity to me.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

It’s May 2015. and I already covered Italy, Texas, Taiwan, Malaysia so far. Packing up for Paris next week so there are loads of places I have left on my wish list. Such as any part of Africa, Iceland, US west coast, Mexico etc.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Two bodies, 24, 35, 50&85 lenses. 45 tilt shift occasionally.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Compressing so many things into such a small frame.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Yes, every wedding is an adventure on its own and I don’t make differences whether it’s taking place in Croatia or any other place of the earth. I get ready and try to visualize things before they happen. It’s a lot easier to shoot this way.

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Who or what inspires you?

I find my inspiration in a lot of things, but I also try to avoid looking at my colleagues work. For example, my Pinterest inspiration feed will be full of paintings, drawings etc. I also play a guitar, so music is an important factor.

Travelling is one of the biggest things that drives me to shoot weddings, but nothing comes close to my girlfriend. She will always be my biggest inspiration.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

I’d say Facebook is my best, worse was buying a logo which was stolen from a guy on the Internet and creating my branding around it. I just managed to get back to life and finished my re-branding which I’ll publish shortly.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Probably a chef, I love to cook.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

It’s simple, iconic and packs all of the emotion in a beautiful landscape.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

I’ll try to travel as much as I can along the way, that’s one of the best spices of living.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Focus, determination, organization, people skills and persistence.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

To mention a few of the great ones would be a cliché, so I’ll mention my friends; Petar Jurica and Thierry Joubert. Both of them do an amazing job!

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

I've had loads of proud moments, and they mostly happen once I deliver the images to my clients. Those smiles and happy tears are the reason to keep doing this.

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