Hi, Mark! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
I’ve been taking photographs ever since I can remember, but once I entered the world of wedding photography I felt the need to really understand my gear. Once you really learn your tools, you can worry less about the technical side and focus on putting your vision into that single frame. I feel the faster I can work, and the more intuitively I know my equipment, the more creative I can be. Wedding photography can make you a pro really fast. I think that artistic pressure is what drove me towards it.
What differentiates your wedding photography style from others?
I really like the photos between the posed shots, the ones when no one knows you’re shooting. That’s when it gets real. Posed photos are more of a distraction to get to the truth of the subjects and their setting. I also have a real passion for travel photography, so I’ve trained myself to treat the backgrounds with as much care as the subjects. Color and light are also crucial to the look and feel of my photos.
What inspires your photography?
I like challenges. Tough situations. That’s when your instincts kick in.
The thing with wedding photography is that it’s always a different situation than you think it will be when you walk into the day. Nothing is ever on schedule, and nothing is ever perfect. I always want to do better than my last wedding.
What are your top 3 tips for wedding photographers?
We adore your work! What’s your process like when you view a scene before you and snap that shot? Do you ever have to give suggestions or pose the subjects or does it all come naturally?
I find myself looking for a good background and putting the subjects in it more and more. Sometimes I just say “Do what feels natural.” And I’ll tell the bride and groom to stop when I see what I like. Be sure to always be joking around with them. Do the cheesy stuff to get to the real smiles.
If you could go back to the beginning of your photography career, what advice would you give yourself?
ALWAYS SHOOT RAW.
What’s the most rewarding part about being a wedding photographer?
The hour after you finish editing when you love all the images. After that hour is up, it’s time to start improving. Getting to hold physical prints of your photographs is pretty magical as well.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I couldn’t shoot weddings without my wife on second camera. She’s much more organized than me, and while I’m running around like a mad man, she always manages to get the shots I miss. Having a female perspective to counter my own can really balance the final product.
Mark Martucci has a love for big backgrounds and the in-between moments. He is always up for the next adventure, and loves when his passion for wedding and travel photography come together. Visit him on Facebook and Instagram.
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