Martin Dabek | Wedding Photographer 

Martin Dabek reveals photographing the wedding itself its a small part of all the tasks that have to be done by a professional wedding photography.

What is your idea of the perfect wedding?

Guests with sense of humour, outdoor ceremony, live music (sounds like Matara wedding!) and basically where couples put their personality and spin into the wedding.

What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?

Mix up couple or bridal party names 

What is your best trait that helps you be so great at your job?

My passion to create something new and unique for every couple. Did I mention positive attitude and smiling to the guests?

Which living person do you most admire?

My dad in fact, he is an amazing man.

What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day? 

Energy bars and mate (traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink)

What is your current state of mind?

Positive, meeting with couples for 2018 and 2019 weddings, designing albums, 

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What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?

Receiving line. It takes ages and nobody is really enjoying it. I heard so many times when couple are saying to themselves halfway through the reviving line: "Why are we doing this?" 

On what occasion is lying to the happy couple a good idea?

Well perhaps lying to the couple is never a good idea, but not telling everything to the bride when things are not going according to the plan is perhaps a good idea.

What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?

I love festival weddings and Mexican theme weddings - I spent 3 months in Mexico and it was the place where I also photographed my first wedding. Few years ago I was lucky enough to have both themes in one wedding! The bride was Mexican and she loved going to Glastonbury, so it was Festival wedding with Mexican twist (mariachi, tequila, Mexican wave during speeches, you name it). The wedding was also featured on the Festival brides blog.

What quality in a groom do you like the most?

Sense of humour, laid back attitude, adventurous.

What quality in a bride do you like most?

Same as above plus self confident

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What is the most overused word at a wedding – or in a wedding speech?

It's amazing.

When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened? 

To be honest I laugh on almost every wedding during speeches, when the speech is genuine and well executed and not copy from the Internet.

What makes an ideal wedding?

Two people in love who put their personality into it and are not to stress about things beyond their control.

What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?

Bucking bronco! The couple persuade me to go on it before I left, and it was a brilliant fun

If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?

Receiving line. 

What moment are you most proud of in your profession?

When the couple is seeing the slideshow with the highlights from their day for the first time at my place and are in tears at the end. Also when I create a shot that I have imagined in my head and it turns out better then I have imagined it! I get a goosebumps.

What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?

My camera I guess, also I very much believe in wedding albums and as photographers its our job to offer couple something tangible which will become their family heirloom.

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What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?

I think it was that wedding when groom and bride arrived together 30 min late for the ceremony and myself and the videographer had to help the groom to put his suit on to speed things up as the register had to leave for another wedding.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?

Light, travelling, street photography

What mistake do you see couples make over and over again on their day?

Stress too much about the details instead of enjoying the day. 

What is your motto?

"What is done in love is done well" - Vincent van Gogh

What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?

How much work and time goes to being professional full time wedding photographer. Photographing the wedding itself its a small part of all the tasks that have to be done. Also my both grandfathers were making living from taking pictures during second war and that my sister and my brother in law are photographers too! I guess it's in our blood.