Howdy, I'm Matt!

Husband, father to 3 awesome girls, photographer, marathon runner, teacher, weird animal keeper, and music junkie.

I like to joke and laugh. I’m kind of sarcastic. I wish I was a stand-up comic. I’ve been accused of being a hipster, but I promise I don’t take myself seriously enough to have really earned the title.

I have a BFA in graphic design, but I fell in love with photography while taking a photography class in college. My design background has more to do with how my pictures look than anything I’ve ever learned about photography. You can often find me at SFCC teaching photography to college students.

I was miserable while getting pictures taken as a kid, so I understand why people are shocked when they finally realize getting pictures taken can be fun!

If I won the lottery, I’d still photograph weddings. It’s who I am. I love that I’m commissioned to create very personal art for people based on the relationships that are important to them. I love the chaos that naturally comes around on a wedding day. I thrive on it.

Even after 350+ weddings, I’m always a little nervous on a wedding day—until I pick up my camera—and I love that! If I stop getting that feeling, I’ll have to find something else to do.

 

 **be sure to watch until the end for a bit of fun with a previously broken camera. **

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