“Ideal Clients Aren’t Afraid of Being Themselves”: Behind the Lens with Nottingham Wedding Photographer, Martin Makowski
16 Dec 2015
Former chef turned photographer Martin Makowski talks to Bride about ideal clients and how swapping his previous career for the romance of wedding photography was a smart move
How would you describe your style of photography?
Pure documentary wedding photography. No posing, directing or any intervention from me. All moments captured as they unfold without interruption of the wedding flow.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
I photographed wedding for a friend eight years ago and absolutely loved it. From that moment I knew this is what I would love to do all the time.
Who are your ideal clients?
Genuine people who are not afraid of being themselves.
Can you choose a picture that encapsulates everything you want to achieve in a wedding photograph? Tell us what it is about this image that you love.
The moment was captured during signing of the register. I love this image because it shows emotions and strong connections between family members and friends. It also clearly shows how important and exciting the beginning of the married life is for the couple.
Photographers inject a lot of their personality into their work. What are your inspirations?
I think the biggest inspirations for me are people and their individualism. We are all quite similar in many ways and yet so different.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
There is no rule in general. Some people booked me for 2018 already; I have also photographed a wedding with only a day’s notice. If I'm free and needed at someone's wedding, I'll be there.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
Dealing with a vicar who hates the photographers.
How can couples help to ensure the best work?
There is a good and simple way to achieve this. All they need to do is to enjoy their big day and forget they have to do things for the camera.
What’s been your most memorable wedding to photograph, and why?
I photographed a wedding for a couple who have been together for 37 years. It truly was a very special day.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
To compare with all wedding investments it is the only one that will keep the memories alive in years to come.
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I was a chef for 12 years before I started photographing weddings. I loved it and would have definitely gone back to it if I stopped shooting weddings.