My name is Matouš Bárta and I’m a wedding photographer.
I have not been one ever since and I did not dream of becoming one when I was six. Nor did dream of becoming a dustman.
The future lay ahead of me in the great unknown, and it was the right way.
My dear father, just like almost everyone at that time, used to take and develop photographs in our bathroom. For me this ritual was an inseparable part of my childhood. Sometimes I would join my father in the red dusk and watch pictures appear under the magnifier, which used to belong to my grandfather. My dad used a Zenit E – it was light sealed with carpet tape and it had to be rewind with surgical precision in order to avoid breaking the film.
I used to use the very same Zenit when I started taking pictures myself at the age of fifteen with the plan to study Photography in Brno and much earlier than that I have begun observing the world around me.
Now I’m twice as old, married to a great, loving wife and have two children and two cats.
And I make a living as a professional photographer.
To me that was something absolutely inconceivable fifteen years ago.
While at school, I read a lot and attempted writing short stories. I never, however, got in it deep enough so that I would be happy with the result. Only later I found out that I do not have to be a writer in order to tell stories. All those skills that I missed while writing, I already possessed. Just in a slightly different area.
Just like one can master a foreign language by learning to think in it, in the same way, through all those years I’ve been looking at and perceiving images that surrounded me, I also learned to see the world in pictures. The composition, the timing, the structure of the photography reaches me somehow subconsciously. Every wedding is different and has its unique story to tell. Every place has its own spirit and every human being changes and spices up the atmosphere with their presence.
When shooting, my mind is completely clear. I don’t know what will happen and what the location will look like, all I know that I'm in there, I’m a part of it and I shall catch it in the photos. The photos, despite being still and mute, (and perhaps because of that) have the ability to capture the atmosphere and story in a completely unique way.
Where I am today is the result of my life journey.
The fact that you are getting married is the result of yours.
I will be delighted to put into practice all I have learned in my journey in order to tell your unique story.
10 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
4 Client Letters
The following letters are from the clients of Matouš Bárta.
Married: 1 year ago
Lenka & Martin
Hi Matouš, Since yesterday, we've been looking through the photos over and over again. In fact, we have put our trust in you, because from our first visit on your website, we were literally fascinated with your amazing work. We believed that the photos from you would be what we were looking for, and I have to say that the photos surpassed our expectations. Those moments you managed capture unnoticedly makes smile. Pics breathe with real atmosphere, and that's what we most wanted. We have a very nice memory of our whole day. Thank you very much for your excellent work and I believe that your work really makes sense. As another proof for us that we chose the best photographer, the pictures are praised by our family, friends and acquaintances, even though they didn’t attend the wedding. With many thanks Lenka and Martin
Married: 1 year ago
Petra & Jirka
Hi Matouš, I cannot even describe my enthusiasm for the photos you've made for us! It is a perfect documenting of our beautiful day and together with Luboš you have created a wonderful reminder of the whole wedding. I'm so glad that we chose exactly you and I have to say I deeply appreciate your work. Not just because of the photos that are amazing, but also because your professional and especially human approach. Thank you also for the little something that you surprised, touched and pleased us with. (by the way, the flash disk is really great). Once again, thank you very much from both of us! We will continue to recommend you!
Married: 1 year ago
Hanka & Roman
Matouš, thank you for wonderful photos. We are excited about how you've been able to capture the atmosphere of the whole day and with what creativity you have approached the photographing, whether technically or aesthetically. They are exactly like we wanted them to be and we will be glad to contact you again in the future.
Married: 2 years ago
Jossy & Jiri
Dear Matous, Thank you very much for capturing our wedding so beautifully, you captured every moment so elegantly and full of radiance. All the pictures are perfect and met our expectations. Thank you for making these beautiful memories come alive through your camera. You are awesome!
1 'At Work' Photos
The following photos are of Matouš Bárta at work.
16 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
1 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
1 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Matouš Bárta as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.