I live in Derby with my wonderful wife, and our two beautiful daughters. Even though I was originally born in Buckinghamshire, I consider Derby to be my/our home. I suppose that’s because I have lived here for most my life. It is amazing to live on the edge of such beautiful countryside, creating, enjoying and sharing memories together as a family exploring the Peak District.
I’ve been a professional photographer for over 15 years, experienced in all types of imagery. However, I’ve focused (pun intended) on building the business on what I most enjoy capturing as a photographer. My passion and drive for photography is the real interactions/moments in life, documenting people living out their memories with family and friends, freezing cherished moments in time. That’s is why I love capturing key life events, such as weddings & engagements, birthdays, christenings, family portraits, newborns and most recently, baby showers.
What’s not to love when you are part of making peoples’ most precious day(s) magical by capturing the joy! It’s an honour to be able to witness & document them, even though I’m the guy in the background that folk hardly notice.
Did you wonder about the spelling of my name? It’s the Polish way of spelling Martin (Pronounced “Marchin”). I’m half Polish.
Being fluent in Polish (from my Mum) has provided me with many benefits, often helping translate when on Holiday in Poland or when Pols need help in the UK. It’s especially fun now there are a lot of Polish in the UK (Earwigging conversations while queuing in supermarkets can be quite comical).
Here’s my story about how I was inspired to become a professional Photographer…
I have a lot to be thankful for being half Polish, as this is where my passion for photography stems from. The inspiration and influence to become a photographer is down to my Polish Grandad!
As a young child I remember meeting my Grandad who lived in Plosck, he was a professional photographer/historian. He also owned a photography shop and studio. Like most young boys, I had the attention span of around 0.27 seconds, however, when we visited him, I was captivated in his photography shop/studio, fascinated by all the images and expensive equipment. I remember studying photos he had taken and watching him develop them in the dark room, especially wanting to play with all his cool (expensive) equipment.
Yet, the memory that stands out the most, was the time Grandad and I visited some relatives who lived in a remote part of Poland. After driving a couple hours though the beautiful Polish countryside we eventually arrived at their farm. As soon as we got out of the car, I was immediately told by the relatives to stay away from the farm’s guard dog (which was chained outside) as he was aggressive toward people; however, being a young boy, such instructions and rules only increased my curiosity. As I carefully approached, the dog was calm toward me, and let me get close enough to stroke it. The owner apparently said that he never behaved like that before towards a stranger.
Yet here’s the thing, when I was intensely focused on the farm dog, feeling sad for it being chained up all day. I can clearly remember having a sense that my Grandad was taking photos of me but it was a sense, he did not encroach on the moment…
“A picture is worth ten thousand words”. Fred. R. Barnard
When I saw the image that grandad captured, my curiosity for photography was sparked, my Grandad captured that moment in time, and I was fascinated by the image – captivated! I had never seen a photo quite like it before, I couldn’t stop looking at it, I was transfixed by it. I think it is because until then, all my experiences of having a picture taken was “Stand there, look up, now everyone say Cheese!” Yet this wasn’t posed or prompted in any way, I was that moment, my moment frozen in time…
Realising my passion culminated in me getting better and better equipment to develop my techniques and skills over the years, however only when I was asked by my cousin to capture their wedding day did I realise my passion for photography could be a career!
There is something quite special about capturing people, especially in their most important intimate moments in life with their friends and family, it’s a wonderful privilege to share these moments and it’s an honour to be able to capture them.
And that’s why I love what I do! A moment, that moment, Your moment, frozen in time…