Article Published in Haute Couture Chicago, October 2015.
Matt began with humble beginnings in the world of photography, with a small two megapixel camera to take photos while on vacation. It started out as a fun hobby, taking pictures of his friends in college. Nothing really happened until his senior year of college, when he got is first DSLR camera and began shooting for the school newspaper. This got him a referral to work in the schools marketing department communications office, which involved him with student recruitment. After graduation, Matt stopped taking photos for two years. This break in photography did not last, Matt got bombarded with street fests, air shows, and a trip to Machu Picchu in 2012, that teased him to pick-up that camera once again. This opened up urban photography in the summer of 2012. Following 2013 Matt delved into club concert music festivals, Tomorrowland in Belgium, and the EDC in Las Vega.
By 2014 Matt focused more on directly marketing to clients to book paid gigs, such as the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. His first time model shoot came when Amy Hannah reached out through Facebook, and organized a Caribbean themed bar shoot. Photographing models was something new, and Matt wanted to learn more on how to perfect that form of photography. He joined Strobist.com, and learned about lighting. Matt got his first set-up for lighting. Two months later, May 2014 the Steampunk event happened, and he networked with a bunch of new individuals in the business. This allowed Matt to do non-stop fashion portraits. This drew him in the most, cause of the creative control over the design theme. Matt enjoys being able to work on every element of the shoot from the location, people and props. What also began this year was Cosplay. This allowed him to be more involved with the community and also E3. He then branched out shooting stills film and TV and New York Fashion Week. Mattʼs aesthetics appeal to photography can go from the documentary side, which are more candid shots and travel photography, to grabbing inspiration from movies and television.
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