Marta is an Italian living in London. She photographs weddings all around the world and she joins us today to share a day in her life. Over to Marta.
Name: Marta Demartini
I became a wedding photographer in: 1998
How did you get into this industry?
I have always been a romantic individual and have based my whole lifestyle around Love and Family. I photographed my first wedding 23 years ago, when I was still living in Italy and haven't looked back since!
How do you structure a typical day?
I am a little nocturnal, so when possible my days start around 9.30 am with a big cuppa to help me go through the news of the day. From new enquiries to general emails, WhatsApp and social media messages. I have 3 to-do lists; a big pot for the non-urgent-but-keep-an-eye-on-it stuff, a weekly goal-keeping-to-dos, and a daily one for the here-and-now!
Often I have to rearrange my priorities for the day depending on the most urgent incoming but that's part of the fun!
What excites you most about your job?
Pretty much everything that is revolving around my job duties, from the moment I receive an enquiry to the delivery of the images. I feel 100% tuned into it. I love the excitement that two days are never the same, and the challenges and freedom that come with "steering your own ship". Most of all, it is that immense feeling of joy and fulfilment that comes from helping couples to relive and cherish their wedding day forever, through my images.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Keeping up with it all! I'd love to delegate more and be able to complete tasks quicker, especially the social media side of things. But here is where the to-do list come in handy.
Overall, I love the excitement that two days are never the same, and the challenges and freedom that come with "steering your own ship".
Is there one thing that you do every day without fail?
Playing time with Gingee, my cat!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned since you started this career?
Be flexible and never let your personal feelings take charge of your day. Enjoy, keep learning, keep in touch with your network, keep striving even in the darkest hours as you will see the light again!
What advice would you give others looking to move into this field?
I cannot hide that it may be challenging to establish yourself due to the sheer amount of competition out there, (talking as a photographer) but we are also a big family! Sooner or later you will meet that supplier that you have heard of somewhere else online or on a real wedding. Things will come into place if you keep at it and find your niche.
Is this your full-time job or do you do it alongside another job?
Yes, after years of trial and errors I can finally support myself entirely from my wedding & lifestyle photography.
How do you switch off from work?
I try to keep at least one day a week for friends and leisure. On the daily, I take yoga lessons twice a week, I will have a chat with one friend or family and I will watch an episode of my fave series on Netflix before bed.
Tea or Coffee (I am Italian after all...) Comfies or Workwear
Lots of little breaks (especially when Gingee needs me) or
One big break
Music (but only when I am editing photos) or
Snacks (aaargh!) or
Water Sofa or Desk
Talking or Texting - Both! My partner calls me Miss Chattterbox.
Netflix or YouTube - As needed.
Android or IOS
Book (I am a collector of good ones) or