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The Photographer


HI, I'M MATT!

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The Photographer


HI, I'M MATT!

Hey there!  Thanks for taking the time to look through my work and find out a little more about me!  I think the best way to understand who I am is to see how my life experiences have shaped how I run my business and how I approach photographing weddings.

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ABOUT ME


I'm married

ABOUT ME


I'm married

In 2002, I married my soul mate on the side of a mountain in Colorado.  Searching for our photographer was my first introduction to wedding photography.  Budget definitely was a leading factor in who we chose.  Unfortunately, we paid for our decision in other ways… mainly with important moments missed and important family portraits ruined.  Looking back, we had our budget mapped out, but didn't see the long term benefit of adjusting the budget to pay for the experience and quality that we risked loosing with the photographer.  Many years later, when I started out in the wedding industry, it was important to me to first gain the experience of working under other very talented, successful wedding photographers to gain skills and insight from their expertise.  While my style has changed a bit and I've grown as a photographer, much of what I do is a result of those years of learning.

After we were married, the adventure began!  We've lived in four different states and a small Caribbean island.  We love traveling, good food, wine, dancing, and movies.  After over a decade of being married to my best friend, we have become parents to two wonderful boys, grown as a couple and as individuals, and we still love being together as much as possible.  

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Daddy


I'm a daddy 

Daddy


I'm a daddy 

We have two boys that continue to make our hearts grow more every day.  They are our greatest joy, biggest adventure, our most welcome challenge, our love love loves, our most important mark on the world, and what I am most proud of!  I may be somewhat impartial, but we make amazing children!  One of the best things about having kids is seeing things again for the first time through their eyes.  It is hilarious and fantastic the way they describe something for the first time (e.g. knee = elbow on my leg) and seeing their amazement in what we often take for granted.  It inspires me to try to see with fresh eyes and to not overlook the beauty in the little things. At weddings, I also tend to capture great moments with kids.  They often have a hard time hiding their true feelings about what is going on during the day and that can be precious. 

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Caribbean


 The Caribbean

 

Caribbean


 The Caribbean

 

I started shooting weddings while living for two years on the island of Grenada in the West Indies.  Living there has certainly had a profound effect on me as a photographer and on my life in general.  The richness in the color of the sky, the ocean, and the tropical landscapes clearly influence the culture in the Caribbean.  It's effect has definitely stayed with my photography.  My love of landscape photography grew immensely while in Grenada, as well.  There are so many amazing aspects about living there that I will hold on to forever…  the kindness of the people, slowing down to enjoy life in the moment, the ingenuity that is required when you have few resources, the peaceful sound of the rolling tide,  finding so many different adventures exploring an island only about 8 miles wide and 12 miles long.  It is kind of hard to put into words, but even though it was only two years, it is still the place that feels most like home. 

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Destination Weddings


I LOVE LANDSCAPES

Destination Weddings


I LOVE LANDSCAPES

In addition to getting married in Colorado we ended up living here, as well, before taking off on a long adventure.  What I used to love looking at in books became something I loved looking at while hiking through those places.  Prior to Grenada, Colorado had me looking for amazing landscapes.  Even when I'm not shooting somewhere scenic, I always look to find a great landscape or cityscape shot during weddings and engagement shoots.  They're often people's favorite photos.  Thankfully, after about 9 years, we have made our way back to CO and I would love to take you on a little adventure or hike somewhere for some amazing photos, or for your intimate wedding on a mountain!

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Music + Dance


I dance

Music + Dance


I dance

DANCE:  From a fairly young age, I remember seeing old footage of Fred Astaire and wanted to be able to dance like him.  I later learned swing dancing and would go out dancing 3 to 4 nights a week.  This is where I met my wife.  With kids now, we don't get to go out as often but we can still cut a rug… or preferably the hardwood floor in the kitchen.  My love of dance continues into wedding receptions and is perhaps one reason why I like staying until the end of the night, to catch all the awesome dance shots!

 

 

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