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An Interview With Wedding Photographer Martin Dabek

Katherine Grant

Bristol based Martin Dabek is a heavy hitter when it comes to wedding photography.  He has recently been included in “The Top 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the world” by Wedding Photographer Society, and has won two Fearless Photographers Awards.

Tortworth Court, South Gloucestershire wedding venue
Tortworth Court, South Gloucestershire
Coombe Lodge, Bristol wedding venue
Coombe Lodge, Bristol wedding venue

Take a look at his portfolio and you can see why. His candid approach manages to capture both intimacy and drama – no easy feat!

We wanted to find out more about what drives his photography style, love, and inspiration…

Caswell House, Oxfordshire wedding venue
Caswell House, Oxfordshire

1.How long have you been photographing weddings for, and how did you get into it?

I started photographing wedding seriously since 2010. I was always very keen travel photographer and my first wedding ever I photographed for friends of mine in Mexico while I was backpacking in Latin America. The wedding was great fun not to mention the weather (most guests ended up in the pool), so when I returned to Bristol I started consider wedding photography as a career.

Orchardleigh Estate, Somerset wedding venue
Orchardleigh Estate, Somerset

2.What, or who, inspires you?

Travelling, hiking and movies.

  1. What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?

Meeting and interacting with people, discovering new location/venues and just being part of very special and happy day in people lives is amazing and rewarding. It is also the challenge that you have to deliver great images wedding after wedding despite  weather or lighting conditions.

Pennard House, Somerset wedding venue
Pennard House, Somerset

4.What is your favourite part of the day?

Break 😉 Seriously I really like the time just before and after sunset where I can create some creative, low light portraits and I also really like the evening reception especially when the crowd is into dancing.

Wellington Barn, Wiltshire wedding venue
Wellington Barn, Wiltshire

5.How would you describe your style and approach?

Documentary story telling with creative portraits.

The Sahara, Morocco
The Sahara, Morocco
  1. What do you think makes a good wedding photographer?

I think a good people skills are vital and also you need to have a passion and enjoy what you do as weddings can be mentally and physically draining. I find it quite interesting that lots of guests comment on the day that I’m a good photographer without seeing the end product!

Brympton House, Somerset wedding venue
Brympton House, Somerset
  1. Do you have a favourite image you have taken from one of the weddings you have shot?

That’s a tricky questions as there are many of them. However I have big sentiment to the image of groomsmen with antlers, because that was my first image that won an International award.

Brympton House, Somerset wedding venue
Brympton House, Somerset
SS Great Britain, Bristol wedding venue
SS Great Britain, Bristol
The Roman Baths, Bath wedding venue
The Roman Baths, Bath
St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Polhawn Fort, Cornwall wedding venue
Polhawn Fort, Cornwall
The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury wedding venue
The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury
Quantock Lakes, Somerset wedding venue
Quantock Lakes, Somerset
Marquee wedding in Somerset
Marquee wedding in Somerset
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