Matthew Shaw is an experienced photographer who has worked with many clients in and around Ohio. With nearly 10 years as a professional and a handful of years before then as local freelancer, he has shown quality and creativity in every shoot. He studied photojournalism at the Art Institute of Pittsburg and runs his own company offering editorial and commercial photography to local businesses. While focusing on editorial work, he still maintains a steady relationship with many families and clients, offering portraiture and event coverage when available.
I love to make someone "feel" with my photography. If the subject is something familiar, I want it to spark a mood or memory, or make the audience look at the image with an infantile mind. I want to leave suggestion to the background of the audience. I love the experience of showing off my photography to a happy client and other photographers interested in learning through a close network. I am most happy when I am either editing photos or out shooting something interesting in order to tell a story.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done everything from family portraits, pet photoshoots, children and seniors. I always try to connect with the client and subjects. My main goal from the beginning is to make them forget that I am taking their pictures. I walk around with them when we are on location. I like to chat and let the camera down for a bit. Then, when I find that something that makes them interested in expressing themselves, my trigger is ready to capture the best moments. This has been a very successful approach to most of my work, since when the client gets to see the photos, they usually don't remember my having the camera in hand at the time the photo was taken. It's like subtle moments of the day in their life that would otherwise go unnoticed that now they can treasure and look back on. I also do a lot of editorial work. I especially love photographing the employees and owners of small businesses and trades to help promote what they do and make a strong connection with someone new. I like to learn about them as more than just an employee, or worker, or representative of the career or business. Usually, I find out something interesting about the person and my photography can go to a larger project. Most recently, I photographed a local woodworker who was about to start a new job in the parks department. I discussed the job with him and his passions for woodworking and nature and his community. Eventually, a simple photoshoot for one of my projects became the start of a completely different project that I am now even more proud of!
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have won awards from Agora, Lifetouch, National Geographic and a few others over the last several years. The awards were for amateur work with the intent to tell stories.
A fun fact about this photographer
I was a professional violinist for nearly 14 years performing in major music halls such as Carnegie Hall and overseas in England and France. I also played soccer competitively throughout high school and college.