Hi, I'm Matt.
I was born in South Wales and then moved to the Midlands at the age of 5ish.
From a young age, all I wanted to do was become an actor and my passion was theatre and film. I loved
I found photography through my dad, who always had a nice camera and loads of books and magazines that I used to skim through. Yet, it was my mum who became famous (in our house) as she had the privilege and honour of having one of her photos printed in the prestigious Looe & Polperro magazine. This has always been a sticking point for my dad. He won't like me saying this but it seems he had all the gear but no idea.
Anyway, I used to "borrow" my dads cameras to shoot me and my friends doing tricks on our skates. Fast forward a few years and I became an actor and was relatively successful, performing in the West End and touring the UK and Italy as well as doing the odd commercial and film.
To keep the acting dream alive, I had to take jobs in bars, kitchens, promo work, literally anything that would pay the rent till the next acting gig came in. This quickly got frustrating and I realised that I needed a bit of work on the side that I had control of. Having friends and contacts in the acting industry, headshot photography seemed to make sense so I started shooting for friends. This, then snowballed and rekindled my love of photography. I soon realised that photography was something I enjoyed more than acting so it was a no brainer to set up shop and push it to the next level.
Moving from London to Oxfordshire made me re-think the photography business and I needed to branch out in other directions and wedding photography just made sense.
Hobbies and interests
If my girlfriend and I don't have a wedding on a weekend (she's a wedding florist), we love nothing more than taking our daughter Edie out in our VW Campervan. We got hooked a few years ago when we used to take Kirsty's work van with a blow up mattress, and just drive to the Breacon Beacons. There is nothing better than having a nice cup of tea by a river just watching the world go by.
We are now much more serious and invested in a camper called "Banterwan" (The previous owners son couldn't say "campervan" and by law, you are not allowed to change the name). So far we have travelled throughout Wales and England and even as far as the Isle of Mull in Scotland which is so incredibly beautiful but so very very wet. Next up is Snowdonia and then France.
Style of photography
From the second I arrive at the venue, I am on the lookout for potential shots or great lighting. This sometime means that you will see me climbing up a tree or wall to get interesting perspectives. I am also a strong believer in that, you and your guests need to feel comfortable around me, for me to get the best shots I can. To do this I love to chat to people, I've even been know to have shots of tequila or a Moo Bomb (Jager & Milk) with guests and couples.
I love nothing more than buying camera equipment and have now amassed a large selection of cameras, lenses and other bits. This ranges from really obscure and vintage to high end professional gear.
For the actual wedding day I use a selection
of lenses and cameras
Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II
and just for fun a Polaroid 600
Nikon 10-24mm - Nice wide angle lens for
those huge churches and venues.
Sigma 35 - One of my main lenses for group
shots and great in low light for the first dance.
Olympus 14-42mm - It's nice and small so
good for sneaky shots of guests during the ceremony.
Nikon 24-70mm - Wedding reception, first dance,
fireworks, just about everything.
Olympus 40-150mm - Great little zoom lens.
Nikon 85mm - Beautiful for those portraits of the Bride and groom and guests.