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Wedding Photographer Nottinghamshire Martin Makowski Photography shoots a wedding at Old Rectory Farm, Claypole, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Martin Makowski Photography  
Couple : Rory + Hannah
Wedding Photographer Nottinghamshire
Ceremony Location : St Peter’s Church, Claypole
Reception : Old Rectory Farm, Claypole
Wedding Date : 2nd August 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I live in Nottingham with my beautiful wife, little son David and our unborn addition to the family expected to be due in November.
I love cooking and cannot really stop thinking about experimenting with food. I used to work as a chef for over 10 years. Photography was always my passion and one day it became my profession.

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

I’ve heard many times that I’m kind, genuine, honest, talented and hard working. When people describe me using these words, can’t really ask for more.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

It was an awesome wedding day full of laughter and happiness. It was a church wedding with a marquee reception at bride’s auntie’s farm house.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

8 years ago, after investing some money in my first digital SLR camera, I started with landscape photography. I then photographed some weddings for friends and absolutely loved it.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

5 years. I have been shooting weddings in a pure documentary way for past 3 years.

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

I love what I’m doing and always do my best to improve and learn. I put my heart into it and work hard. I think this is what made my business work.

Success never happens without any mistakes. I trusted some unexperienced SEO specialists and had to lose the website I had for over 5 years.


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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?

Every wedding is different and every couple has their own needs and expectations. It’s hard to give a generic advice. I think that finding a wedding photographer with a shooting style that suits the couple is crucial.

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

Most of my weddings are booked through Google search and referrals from existing clients.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Many of my clients made a very positive comments on my photography and unobtrusive approach to photographing weddings. They mentioned that this was what made them contacting me.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

25-30

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I love genuine and emotional people. People that can feel comfortable with themselves and they never try to be someone they are not.

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

Mexico-great culture, great food, great weather, awesome people.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use two full frame Nikon bodies with mainly two prime lenses 35mm and 85mm. Also 24mm and occasionally 135mm. I use available light whenever possible.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Many situations are predictable at weddings and there are also many unexpected moments to capture too. The most challenging is to stay focused all the time and capture every important moment.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Pure documentary way of photographing weddings. Unobtrusive with no intervention from me at all. Natural and relaxed.

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Who or what inspires you?

I get inspired by people I photograph and photographers I admire.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst-Pay per click search result Ads
Best-My own SEO work.

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

A Chef

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

It is always hard to pick just one frame from the entire wedding day. My favourite shot from Rory and Hannah’s wedding is the picture taken straight after the church ceremony. The couple were simply bursting with happiness. It was raining at this point but that did not stop the joy.

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

My goal is to always receive a great feedback from my clients. I just want to get better at what I’m doing and never stop improving.

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

I think is the same as any profession. When you love what you are doing and all your hear goes into it, the success will come.

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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?

Mark Wallis, Adam Riley, Lyndsey Goddard and many, many more from a very long list of great wedding photographers.

Non-wedding photographers: Matt Stuart, Alex Stoddard.


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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Birth of my son.

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