Wedding Photographer London Bartek Lyczko shoots a wedding at Thames Rowing Club, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Bartek Lyczko  
Couple : Joyce + Tim
Wedding Photographer London
Ceremony Location : Saint Mary the Virgin in Putney
Reception : Thames Rowing Club
Wedding Date : 29 August 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

My name is Bartek, I was born in Poland but 4 years ago I move to London to become best photographer in the UK.

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

I would like to be described as their friend.The friend who is very energetic, hardworking, and open. When I work with people I am trying to break the wall between me and a client. I don't want anyone feel shy in front of my camera.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The wedding of Joyce and Tim was something what every photographer can dream of. Amazing people, beautiful couple , fantastic reception, and happy guests. Only one more thing what you can dream of was, sun… and we had it. Every time when I am coming back to that day I remember all of the details, which Joyce and Time prepare. Candy table, guest book, flowers, balloons , typing machine and many more. Everything was done as they were describing it for me.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Around 10 years ago I started to learning what is photography, camera and all other things about it, but it was 2010 when my friend ask me to be the wedding photographer on her wedding. I didn't know that after this wedding I will move my career in this direction.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

It is over 4 years now. First wedding was done in 2010 but before that I done loads of photoshoots for my friends and couples.

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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 satisfied all of my clients. No matter if it is a big wedding or small family ceremony I always put same amount of effort, same amount of my knowledge, no matter what I want to make my clients happy.

When couples are looking for wedding photographer, they are more stressed then anyone else . They have to trust their photographer, they need to be sure that this guy will do the job as they want it. So me as the wedding photographer, on the first meeting with them, I try to give them this safety, that they don’t need to stress and look after me on the wedding day.

No half-measures. If I am doing something I am doing it good or just not doing it.
Mistakes? Well probably investments, and time spent on Internet. You can buy best equipment or read tons of books and posts on forum but nothing gonna give you practical experience, so instead of spending money (which I have not got the time) on equipment, I will just take more and more photos.

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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?

They should look for quality, not quantity. That's why they first should go through the photographers portfolio, meet with him and have a chat. Know each other, what can the photographer offer you.

If clients want me to copy another photographer, I am not able to do that, because I got my individual style, like any other photographer. It is in our heads and in our eyes how the final product look like. So advice from me, if you want someone to do photos like other photographers you should contact him not anyone else. It is like going to Vauxhall dealer and ask him to sell you car which just like Lamborghini.

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

I think like every other photographer. I have my website which is replenished with new weddings and photoshoots all the time. Same with Facebook. Apart from that I think it is good to try to advertise on local town websites. But mostly it is my previous clients, recommendation by them is the best thing. The power of word of mouth.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think they hire me because they look for good, creative photography and because they know that for them I will do everything to deliver great photos. I am honest and I don't hide anything, that's why they feel safe.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I never count it, but in season from April to September every weekend I am shooting a wedding. After that it slows down and I can shoot something else or just do my own projects.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Everyones. A Wedding day it is something remarkable, even two weddings done in the same place will be different. I am happy and always thankful to be wedding photographer at any wedding.

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

Japan, I love the culture of this country.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

It is two full frame cameras on harness, one with 85mm lens and one with 35mm lens. This is my base for the whole day, in my bag there is some replacement lenses like 50mm, 17-35mm and some flashes for the late night reception. Apart from that loads of accessories, batteries, filters, WB cards etc.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

It is the weather. You can know all the people, you can visit church and reception before the wedding but you cant control the weather. Very bright sun can ruin lot of good shots, same as rain.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Every wedding is different so I can't have a plan, what will happened next. What I am trying to do is to blend with the guests, be right next to the action, close enough not to miss anything, but far enough not to be noticed by the bride and groom.

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Who or what inspires you?

People, their history and smiles. Those moments when you look on your camera and you can say to yourself "yes, that is great". The moment when you look with your clients on the final photos and they smile, laugh and say "oooowwww".

Of course I am looking at a lot of wedding photos, many photographers, and their work. I find out that they are much better then me and then I want to go and take photos, to be gain more experience to be better.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best - SEO is important.
Worst - SEO is stupid.

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

Long distance runner or bodybuilder.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I simply love it, it is bright, happy. It shows what the wedding is about, it is a fun time, and it is about the bride and groom. No matter why Joyce and Tim hired me to be their photographer, people still want to record or take their own photos as a remembrance.

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

I would like to travel more with my clients. I love London but it would be amazing to do weddings in other countries as well.

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

Push, push yourself to be better, invest money in you, don't wait for something to come to you.

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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?

Damian Czesnakowski, really good friend of mine and fantastic photographer.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Moment when I quit a well paid job to do what I really love, photography. Apart from that I am proud of finishing 24hour run.

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