We are Magdalena and Martin and we are the owners of Bonsai Boudoir.
Unlike any other boudoir photography business, we are a husband and wife team.
We live in Exeter and recently we got married under a Nungnung waterfall in Bali,
a year after we had met each other.
We were so happy and excited that we have finally found each other that we could not wait to say ‘yes’!
We are writing our own history now and proving that life really starts after forty!
We both come from Poland and have been happily living in the UK since 2004.
Our friends say that we are always ‘on the go’, as we are travelling with our dog, Molly and a camera.
We love capturing beautiful images and collecting memories.
Why Bonsai Boudoir?
Martin, the Award Winning Photographer and Co-creator of Bonsai Boudoir
‘Photography is my biggest passion. My father used to take photographs when I was a kid. I can still remember the smell of various chemicals he used to develop his photographs in our bathroom and I can remember the photographs hanging to dry all around the house. I liked what he was doing, how he was capturing moments, how he was presenting a moment that had already passed and the fact that I was a part of it.
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. I started my own photography business in 2005 to follow my passion.
I set up my own studio in Ireland and London and practiced my trade across Europe – from Greece, Poland, Northern Ireland and the UK. I specialise in portraits, wedding and fashion photography. I wanted to share my passion with others and I organised leading photography classes in London and Northern Ireland, which I found personally very rewarding.
My work has been featured multiple times in Polish magazine KROPKA PL, Greek Magazine RODOS MIRROW, and has placed in two categories in prominent Polish photography competition FRS – including 1st place in the Emotions and Action category.
Magdalena, Co-creator of Bonsai Boudoir
‘I take care of promotion and marketing side of the business.
I will be your main point of contact prior to and throughout your boudoir photo shoot experience.
I will be present at your photo session to assist Martin and to be your personal assistant providing advice and friendly encouragement.
My passion is connecting with people and sharing their stories.
I am fascinated by life, its twists and turns, unpredictability and sheer beauty.
I love the creative side of the photography business.
The transformation of a photo shoot intrigues me. To me, it is like stepping out from the ordinary day to day into something special and magical and we all deserve to have a moment like that in our busy lives.
And it is lots of fun in the process!
Hailey, Hair and Make Up artist of Bonsai Boudoir
My name is Hailey Simpson and I've been qualified in photographic makeup and the art of dressing hair for the last 8 years.
My beauty interest started from a young age, but I didn't persue my career until a little later in life, due to starting my lovely family.
I've worked for and trained with 2 reputable cosmetics company's benefit cosmetics and NYX professional makeup, as a beauty advisor and makeup artist but decided to start my own freelance business alongside in 2017, which has continued to grow and let me train in other popular beauty treatments.
I'm calm natured, chatty and a perfectionist, which I think helps me, listen and I interact perfectly with my clients and give them the look that they desire for their occasion, be it weddings, photoshoots and events.
This makes us a complete team.
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