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About

Martin Dabek

a bit about me

Hi, I’m Martin! I live in the creative city of Bristol. My favourite things in the world are travelling and outdoors, and when I’m not shooting weddings you’ll find me walking with my dog, climbing with my son and planning my next trip. Nothing makes me happier than hiking in the mountains, camping or visiting new places. That’s one of the reasons why I like to photograph at new venues and love destination weddings.

I’m addicted to yerba mate, running, walking barefoot, ice baths, avocado & spicy food!

My love of street and travel photography is what got me into wedding photography.

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I’ve been a wedding photographer for 14 years (400+ wedding cakes eaten) and I love it. The best thing about being a wedding photographer (also a privilege) is being part of somebody’s special day and capturing the couple and their guests having a great time.

I’m glad to say, that my work was published in some of the top UK wedding magazines and blogs: English Wedding Blog, Festival Brides, Nu Bride & Wedding Community. With over 100 five-star Google reviews, I’m a ThreeBestRated photographer in Bristol. You can check the reviews here. Over the years I have been recommended by many fantastic wedding venues: Brympton HousePriston MillCoombe LodgeRockbeare ManorThornbury Castle, Dillington House  & Sandy Cove just to new a few.

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Over many years in the wedding industry, I have gained a reputation for great customer service. My couples especially appreciate my way of making them relaxed and non-intrusive on the day.  Quite a large proportion of my weddings come from recommendations either from couples themselves, or other wedding suppliers. Very often I photograph the siblings of my couples, their bridesmaids, ushers, their friends, wedding suppliers and their children’s weddings, and the list goes on.

It is always great to see “my wedding couples” at different weddings; which is a great validation of what I do. I do receive between 100-150 enquiries per year, so if you are interested in working with me, please fill out the contact form.

My Approach

on your wedding day

First of all, I capture the day in a relaxed and natural style that produces beautiful, informal and emotional images. For me, although mainly for you, it is important that you spend your wedding day primarily with your guests, and not with me!  I would be there to capture all the important moments – without you even noticing me. Imagine a shadow ninja with a camera! ;)

Next, I try to take couples away for a few short 10-15-minute relaxed sessions during the day. Once at the end of the drink reception when your guests are sitting down, then again after speeches or just before the sunset – when the light is soft and romantic. I might also grab you for some creative twilight shots when the sky looks dramatic. Your call!

Short and sweet, yet it provides you with a wide variety of portrait pictures with different backgrounds and lighting. Lastly, it is important to me that I get that balance right between capturing amazing images of you without taking too long. For you, it would be a perfect time to have a breather from your guests, slow down and connect. Also, it would be the only time when you are going to be alone to catch up on your wedding day!

To sum up I’m not that “cruel” photographer that would “hijack” you for a never-ending portrait session during the drinks reception.

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Contact

Whether you’ve chosen a rustic barn celebration, castle wedding, fusion wedding, indoor or outdoor ceremony, humanist blessing to a full church service, hundreds of guests or an intimate elopement, at home or away I would love to be there and capture your story.