Portrait, Wedding, Elopement and Lifestyle photographer based in Exeter but covering all South West and more...
About Martin Bartnicki
Exeter, South West Devon Wedding, Elopement and Portrait Photographer
Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at my work.
My name is Martin and I’m a photographer as well as a musician and a business owner.
I live in the beautiful town of Exeter in the picturesque Devon from which you can reach Cornwall by bike.
Photography has been my passion since I remember.
I have always been artistically inclined. I played the keyboard, the guitar, I sang, and loved to observe people and their behaviour. I wanted to somehow immortalize these occurrences, and I have always been drawn towards painting, unfortunately God had another plan and was not kind enough to gift me with this particular talent. Yet I wanted to follow my inner calling and I grabbed my first camera. A modest Kodak at first, then a Fuji, and finally Canon, the brand I am with till today.
Looking for my own path as a photographer I found wedding photography then portrait and boudoir which allows me to fulfil my passion fully.
Some say that in order to be a good wedding photographer you need to master all techniques and subjects, as on a wedding day all genres of photography become intertwined; portret (Bride, Groom), boudoir (Bride), familie (guests), architerure (reception), landscape (location), mackro (rings), product (flowers, shoes), reportage (wedding day), clugging (first dance).
We need to master all of those to cover your perfect day in the perfect way.
We had a great experience with Martin during our engagement and wedding photo sessions. Photos are amazing and Martin is a very lovely person. Definitely would recommend to a friend. More...
Timmy and Millie
We would just like to say a big thank you for taking our wedding photographs.
Everyone has been really impressed at the amazing photography, and how you captured the whole day and produced a beautiful wedding album.
We were amazed at how many wonderful pictures we had to chose from, the choice was endless.
We ended up with so many fabulous pictures which really did capture so many memorable moments on our very special day. So many people commented on how unobtrusive you were throughout the whole day while still managing to capture some really special photographs.
The service we received was highly efficient throughout and we have recommended your services to all our family and friends. Many thanks again Timmy and Millie More...
A & J
We just wanted to write with appreciation for your hard work on our wedding day. You came up with a very personal record of our big day, catching the moments and atmosphere perfectly.
You made a point of being inconspicuous and taking natural shots of ourselves and our guests. The formal shots were not long in being taken as we had requested, and we felt relaxed during these, and the photos mirrored this.
Your humour with the photos of my parents sitting together (which appeared on your slideshow with a quirky line in the music) made us all laugh! Your wonderful photos of the little flower-girls showed how much they enjoyed being photographed, and several guests commented how you made them smile and at ease.
One guest, an ardent photographer himself, noted you needed no electronic aids to check light etc, relying on mental calculations, and all photos were taken without flash. He was very impressed!
I think it gave them a soft, classical quality. We appreciated you staying longer than the booking as the meal did run late! We feel your commitment towards creating an authentic and fun record of the day warrants a big thank-you and we wish you the very best in your future work here.
Kind regards, A and J More...
Claire & Nathaniel
Living in Australia and travelling back to Claire’s Belfast home to get married, we wanted our wedding to be more of an excuse for a party and family reunion, rather than a traditional day.
We hoped that we could find a photographer to capture it in this way, and in Martin Bartnicki we found our man.
Following an informal meeting a few days before the wedding, Martin summed up exactly what we wanted from our photos and when we saw the final images we could hardly believe our luck.
They were simply superb – relaxed, documentary style and perfectly executed. The photos captured all aspects of our day just as we had hoped they would.
There were hundreds of outstanding frames to choose from and deciding on the best for our album was the most difficult part of the entire process. Martin wasn’t at all intrusive throughout the day, expertly capturing real and special moments between us, our families and our best friends.
When it came to organising people for a few official family photos…a process that proved quite difficult…Martin was extremely patient, but he got the shots! Family and friends, including professional press photographers, have seen the pictures and all say they are outstanding – many, ‘the best they have seen’.
A big bonus of the package was being provided with the original files so that in the future we can reproduce our own albums and large format prints. There is little else we can say.
To Martin, thank you for creating such perfect memories of our truly wonderful day. And to the happy couples considering Martin as their wedding photographer, you won’t be disappointed. We couldn’t be happier with our images.
All the best Claire & Nathaniel Melbourne, Australia More...
Having just received our wedding pictures, myself and my new husband wanted to say thank you so much to you and your photographer Szymon for capturing our day so perfectly! When picking our wedding photographer, we really wanted to make sure we had made the right choice as these are our memories captured forever, and there is absolutely no doubt that you were the perfect choice for our special day! At every step any enquiries were answered promptly and reassuringly making the process stress free. On the day, you both got into the spirit of the day and into the ‘in jokes’ blending into our day seamlessly. You managed to understand and capture the atmosphere perfectly and your professionalism and courteousness was commented upon by all of our guests. We absolutely adore the pictures, as do our families and friends.
Thank you again, we genuinely couldn’t have asked for more. We keep saying it was the most perfect day of our lives, and now we have the most perfect pictures to remember it forever.
Kimberly and William Jackman More...
Lynsey & Wes
On Saturday 11th April 2015 we finally tied the knot after months of planning and organising every minute detail. One of these details, in fact one of the most important details, is deciding which photographer to use to capture your special day.
Make a mistake here, and given the plethora of photographers available its pretty easy to do given that most of us are not in the habit of hiring professional photographers every day, and it will haunt you forever. I mean its not like you can just call for a do-over, if the photos are no good, you’re stuck with them. After much deliberation and a game of close our eyes and point, we settled on Martin Bartnicki and thankfully we hit the jackpot on the first go.
At all times during the day Martin and his assistant (we never did get his name!) were professional, friendly, approachable and courteous, and not once were they ever in the way, even if the angle of some of the photos thy took made it look as if they must have been! Both before and after the big day any issues we raised were responded to promptly and dealt with to our complete satisfaction.
The photos taken were of an extremely high quality, all shots we requested were taken, and they took photos we wouldn’t have thought to request. The photos taken were available online much quicker than expected and again all enquiries regarding the photos were answered promptly and to our satisfaction.
Somebody once told me that the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer is that the pro gets paid for his photos while the amateur does not. In truth there is much more to it than that and Martin and his team encompass all of the qualities you simply expect a Professional to have, and they quite literally went above and beyond any expectations we had and genuinely contributed to how much we enjoyed our day. By the time they left in the evening we felt as if we had made new friends, though they maintained their professionalism throughout.
We would absolutely recommend Martin and his team with absolutely no hesitation or reservations whatsoever, in our opinion he is an exceptional photographer, and a genuinely likeable person who has set the bar for other photographers extremely high.
Many Thanks to Martin and his Assistant for not only capturing our special day but for being a very welcome part of our celebration.
All the best for the future.
Wes & Lynsey Fazzani More...