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Markus Morawetz

A happy newly-married couple in a field together, photographed by Markus Morawetz on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
"I love working with fixed focal length lenses," says Markus. "The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is perfect for my favourite apertures – between f/1.4 and f/2. In this picture at sunset, I could really capture the landscape and mood with it." Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens at 1/400 sec, f/1.4 and ISO400. © Markus Morawetz

A master of moments and a member of the renowned Fearless Photographers collective, Austrian wedding photographer Markus Morawetz has a gift for being in the right place at the right time.

Markus doesn't market himself as any ordinary wedding photographer. Instead, he has made it his mission to go beyond tired poses and clichéd candids, creating a visual fairytale with his imagery; accurately yet beautifully encapsulating the day as it really happened.

"To document a wedding is about the past, the present and the future," Markus says. "My vision is to give my clients a gallery of their day; full of real emotions, real moments; a real story that brings back the tears and goosebumps every time they look at the photos."

Markus first decided to try his hand at making money from his hobby in 2011. Then after two years of perfecting his craft, he felt he had the confidence and experience to launch his own business, WeddingStyler, which he runs today with his wife Carrie. Following a few formative years working out all the creative kinks, Markus evolved his style into the storytelling approach his clients know and love today.

Canon Ambassador Markus Morawetz.


Location: Vienna, Austria
Specialist areas: Wedding, portrait
Favourite kit:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

Markus has shot over 50 weddings to date and booked his first destination wedding in 2017. "My style of wedding photography has developed over time," he says. "I don't want to tell my wedding couples how to look in the lens, or how to pose when they see each other for the first time, or how to kiss each other in front of their loved ones. My photography is about their life and their story, not me. They are forming their memories and I'm capturing them with emotional and technical creativity. My job is to be in the background, but to be present in every single moment of their very special day."

A married couple alone by a lake dancing, photographed by Markus Morawetz on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
"This picture shows why you should hire a professional," Markus says. "My equipment is fully functional even in the rain and I have a lot of creative ideas that can be spontaneously implemented whatever the weather conditions." Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens at 1/800 sec, f/2.8 and ISO250. © Markus Morawetz

It's not only the happy couples who are impressed with his camera skills; his work has scooped won an Austrian Press Award (2014), a Wedisson Award (2016) and has graced the pages of many magazines including Wedding Style Magazine, Musikexpress and Übermorgen. Based in Vienna, Markus also guides amateur photographers in their pursuit to turn pro and has no qualms about revealing the secrets of his success and a style that has served him well.

A happy couple at a wedding laughing amongst confetti, photographed by Markus Morawetz on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
"The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is one of my great loves," says Markus. "This lens simply has the ability to give a photo that magical touch. I'm always using it between apertures of f/1.2 and f/2." Taken on a Canon EOS 6D Mark II with a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens at 1/320 sec, f/1.4 and ISO2000. © Markus Morawetz

"Sharing my experiences and showing my way of storytelling with other wedding photographers and beginners will only serve to make a lot of future bridal couples very happy," he says. "I tell the photographers to be there with all their heart and attention. I tell them to be part of that special day and tell the story as it was.

"Every wedding is different, but every wedding is perfect in its own way. Often I get goosebumps or even shed a few tears during a wedding day, but as soon as I feel that way, I just hold on to that feeling, go with it and capture the moments as they happen. Ultimately, I believe as wedding photographers we should feel privileged to have had the chance to tell their beautiful tale with our pictures, which will last for generations and keep their story alive."

A married couple shares a kiss in a long exposure photo taken from above, photographed by Markus Morawetz on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Using a long exposure in this image has romantically isolated the wedding couple standing still in the foreground. "My personal goal is to be one step better after every wedding," Markus says. "I try to find the ideal mix of emotional reportage and creative pictures to tell an unforgettable love story." Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens at 2 sec, f/2.8 and ISO200. © Markus Morawetz

What are you looking for when you fire the shutter?

"For me, it's all about real emotions. I'm not a fan of posed guest pictures, instead I believe at the end of the day there should be at least one great photo of each guest."


Weddings can be hectic, so how do you ensure you get everything?

"The most important thing is to keep calm and to radiate this calmness. Try to have an agenda and be prepared for all situations. Knowing your equipment and being able to use it perfectly is a must."


How do you decide which lens to use?

"95% of the time I prefer working with primes, using apertures between f/1.2 and f/2. Of course, that makes it harder to focus and it's even more important to have a good composition, but I love the end result and that's all that matters."


What do you think the wedding photography industry is missing at the moment?

"There are people who do not do their job with 100% heart and dedication. If you're not romantic yourself, in my opinion, photographing a wedding shouldn't be your job. There's so much more than money involved."


Do you prefer to shoot at home or abroad?

"Destination weddings are a very special part of my job, I love them, but I'm not trying to specialise in them primarily. What's more important for me is that my customers love my photos, and it doesn't matter where in the world their love story is told."


Facebook: @Weddingstyler.at
Instagram: @WeddingStyler
LinkedIn: Weddingstyler
Website: www.weddingstyler.at

One thing I know
Markus Morawetz

"I respect anyone who has the courage to follow their heart, day in, day out, and do what they love as a job. My advice for those starting out is to concentrate on yourself, set goals that you want to achieve and follow a plan. From a technical point of view, a wedding photographer has to know his or her equipment inside out, because you have to be able to change settings quickly and react to the next situation as it happens. There is no time on a wedding day to work out how to use the camera or how different modes work."

Markus' kitbag

The key kit that the pros use to take their photographs

Markus' kitbag.

Cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The favourite pro camera includes innovations such as Dual Pixel RAW and 4K video, making it a camera for all occasions. "For me, this is the best digital camera out there," says Markus. "It's fast, has great dynamic range and gives me perfect image quality."

Canon EOS R

A full-frame mirrorless camera that opens up new creative opportunities for photographers and filmmakers.

Lenses

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

With a fast aperture and an attractive bokeh, this lens is a versatile all-rounder. "This is my main reportage lens, it's perfect for capturing almost everything: details, portraits, location shots… so much!" says Markus.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

A professional short-telephoto lens designed for low lighting and shallow depth of field, this lens is ideal for unique portraiture. "I use this as my main lens on my second body," explains Markus, "the creamy bokeh is just perfect for weddings. For me it's one of the best lenses ever made."

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

A classic wide zoom that offers stunning sharpness throughout its entire zoom range, this lens is ideal for low light situations. "Great for group shots and wider shots, plus f/2.8 helps in dark situations. The sharpness of this lens is incredible," enthuses Markus.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Refined to deliver superb image quality right to the edges of the frame, and with independent rotating tilt-and-shift mechanisms, this lens allows for creative freedom. "I'm a 'tilt and shift' lover, and this lens is just perfect for weddings," says Markus. "It gives me so much potential for being creative and to try new things."

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