I’m Matt, a portrait and headshot photographer, based on the Upper West Side, New York City. I have a private studio on the UWS, but love shooting outdoors and on location.
The most rewarding photograph for me is the one where the subject sees something in their photo they've never seen before.
I love working with the client to bring something out of them - an expression, a look, a subtlety, a vulnerable, intriguing or beautiful side of themselves that they haven't seen before in a photo. But even in non-directed shoots (events, parties, concerts), I still love focusing on capturing the essence of the person or moment.
Portrait and headshot shoots are my favorite because of the personal nature of them. I love listening to a client, seeing them settle in to a shoot, seeing them become more comfortable, guiding and directing them and really - getting to know someone.
The true joy in photography for me however, is actually nothing do to with the camera. Seeing the joy someone gets in seeing themselves in a way they've never have before, finding new a confidence, seeing their own beauty, seeing someone achieve their career goals or dreams with their new photos, is really the true satisfaction. Whatever your photo needs might be, I'll look forward to working together!
The true joy in photography for me, is actually nothing do to with the camera or technicals. Its about the pleasure in bringing someone happiness. Seeing the joy someone gets in seeing themselves in a way they've never before seen, finding new confidence, seeing their own beauty, seeing someone achieve their goals or dreams with their new photos, is really the true satisfaction.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I've had some fun and unique times on shoots before! At a 5 year olds birthday party, I actually jumped into the Bounce House with about 20 kids, and photographed them jumping around. I had a rooftop shoot in New York once where the client stood on a step stool (all safe!) to avoid the rooftop wall and have an unobstructed view of the city skyline behind her. I love it when a shoot has an element of challenge - remembering also a yoga shoot in central park right on the lake edge, a street shoot in soho with cars racing by, and many more.
In every shoot equally I aim to make them real fun. I believe in whatever the purpose of the shoot, and where ever it takes place, the photographer and the subject must be having fun!
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I haven't won any awards, but gaining the recognition of an ever increasing community of artists and clients who choose me to photograph them, with which they'll use to promote themselves and further their careers, is the best recognition and compliment I could ask for.
A fun fact about this photographer
I'm a jazz musician as well - I've been playing the piano since I was 5, have toured all over the world, recorded 6 albums and was a 3 time semi-finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival solo piano competition.