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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.
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…
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.
2.What, or who, inspires you?
Travelling, hiking and movies.
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.
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.
5.How would you describe your style and approach?
Documentary story telling with creative portraits.
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!
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.