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Legacy Union Photo Co

Glendale

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Legacy Union Photo Co

Glendale

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Originally hailing from Iowa, I have lived & worked in Honolulu, Chicago and have finally landed in Los Angeles. I love well-designed things, well-prepared food, and well-told stories. When I’m not creating photographs, you’ll likely be able to find me cycling around Griffith Park, camping on a road trip up the coast with friends, volunteering at my church, or binging The Office once again.

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Bahareh Aviva Hayempour

11 June 2019

I highly recommend Matthew as a photographer! He is very personable, and has a really nice vibe about him. He was prompt with communication. His prices are reasonable and we got great quality photos. He worked with our schedule and was on time. He managed to get great photos of us and candids of all of our guests during our event. We are thrilled with our photos! More...

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Aviva H.

11 June 2019

I highly recommend Matthew as a photographer!  He is very personable, and has a really nice vibe about him.  He was prompt with communication.  His prices are reasonable and we got great quality photos.  He worked with our schedule and was on time.  He managed to get great photos of us and candids of all of our guests during our event.  We are thrilled with our photos. More...

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Kaleb Seaton

28 March 2019

Matthew Smith is the greatest photographer of all time. Put him in the Hall of Fame. We had our wedding elopement photos taken by him and they came out absolutely incredible. So much better than even our already high expectations were. He’s easy going, fun, and comfortable to work with. We absolutely loved everything about our experience with Legacy Union More...

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Kaleb Seaton

28 March 2019

My wife and I’s experience with Matthew was absolutely incredible. He kept us super at ease, and was a lot of fun to work with. The images he delivered were BEYOND our wildest expectations. We look like movie stars in them!! I can’t recommend Matt enough. He is our go-to photographer from now on More...

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Amanda Williamson

20 February 2019

Incredible, talented, jaw-dropping photos. We could not have been more thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos done by Legacy Union. The entire experience was so easy, laid back and fun! He made us comfortable and really allowed us to be ourselves. I would highly recommend to anyone needing photos for ANYTHING - the photographs Matt creates are a true work of Art. More...

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Shane C.

29 January 2019

We needed first set of headshots for our daughter and could not have asked for any better results. Matthew is the real deal- professional, friendly, timely, easy to work with and goes over the top to get it right.

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Dustin Bennett

26 November 2018

Professional, talented, punctual, diligent, kind... these words certainly describe Matthew at Legacy Union, but they don't give you the full picture of the photographer of record. My family has been honored to know and work with Matthew for these last three years. His eye is exceptional and that is abundantly apparent in his work. His composition is stunning, his framing is awe-inspiring, and I consider his skill unparalleled. More than this, he is gracious, patient, and playful. There is a clear sense of love when you are working with Matthew. It is obvious that he cherishes his work, but most importantly, I've always felt that he cares for his subjects; their comfort, their preferences, their enjoyment of the shoot. In the strongest possible terms, I recommend this photographer. Do yourself a favor and contact him. When the time comes around for our yearly family photos, there is no other name that comes to mind than Matthew at Legacy Union. More...

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Annie Nguyen

17 November 2018

Matthew was a really nice guy and VERY talented photographer. He is punctual, which is seriously a big deal because many photographers are not and this causes undue stress on your important day. Well-oiled system with photos delivered via a web folder promptly! Would recommend Matthew in a heartbeat for any type of photography. Food shots, business interiors, wedding, engagement, lifestyle- you name it. He is good at giving direction, too. He is level headed and easy to talk to (really humble). He's one of those "Not originally from California" nice people. (What does that even mean? LOL) He was great and will give you beautiful photos. If there's pictures you love from Pinterest, be sure to share them with him so he can try to capture similar because the time goes quickly and he'll be very busy trying to capture everything. More...

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Annie M.

17 November 2018

Matthew was a really nice guy and VERY talented photographer. He is punctual, which is seriously a big deal because many photographers are not and this causes undue stress on your important day. Well-oiled system with photos delivered via a web folder promptly! Would recommend Matthew in a heartbeat for any type of photography. Food shots, business interiors, wedding, engagement, lifestyle- you name it. He is good at giving direction, too. He's not originally from California and is a super hard-working guy. He worked with us on our budget, too. Check out his photos and hire him! We loved that he was able to create sophisticated photos, not just your run-of-the-mill posey smiley pics. We wanted that Harpers Bazaar magazine vibe lol! More...

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Joe Fuller

11 November 2018

Matthew Smith captured our wedding beautifully. Not only did he travel half way across the country to document our day, but he worked tirelessly from the moment the day began to the end of the reception with patience and poise.

I was honestly a little overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the day and worrying if people were having a good time, I'm glad that one thing I didn't have to worry about was the photography. From walking through the day in Skype calls and email correspondence, everything was thought out and well organized.

Matt knew how to bring out our best and was efficient about directing us as a couple and with our wedding party! Getting the photos was super quick and seamless with the online gallery and flash drive in the mail.

There are so many good moments from throughout the entire day!
We're really happy with how our photos turned out and we're already a little sad that we'll probably never look as good as we do in those photos! We highly recommend Matthew to anyone getting married!
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DD L.

27 October 2018

Every single picture is nicer than the one before. Matt is professional and at the same time very nice. Your special moments will be beautifully captured. Everyone I've referred him to has loved him and keeps referring him to others. Matt is a MUST photograph to have! Thank you Matt!!! More...

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Megan Wright

25 October 2018

Matt was prepared and ready for us at our location. He created beautiful photos of our family, and with 5 kids that’s not easy! The light and natural emotions and feel of our family he captured was incredible! More...

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Theia

20 October 2018

We absolutely loved our engagement photos with Matthew! My favorite photo from our session became our invitation :). Right from the start, Matthew was very professional. He arrived early to the site and came prepared to the shoot with many ideas and already several locations in mind. We’re not use to taking professional photos but he was very patient with us and made us feel comfortable by providing specific directions when we didn’t know how to pose. Matthew also made the follow-ups very easy. He always responded within 1 business day, and he posted our pictures with a quick turnaround which included great edits! Additionally, the site he used for viewing the photos loaded pretty fast (which is important when you’re choosing from a lot of shots) and was very user friendly.
From start to finish, he was such a pleasure to work with and we wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Meg Smiley

19 October 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Matthew at Legacy Union! This photographer arrived extra early on my wedding day and was already taking beautiful candid photos of everyone as they arrived, started mingling, and getting ready before I said anything to him at all. It was SO nice because your wedding day can feel kind of stressful and chaotic, but this photographer was there capturing every moment without me having to ask or direct him at all. After we received our pictures, It was like opening a whole new wedding gift to see all of the precious moments he had captured during the wedding that I didn't even know about!! - Like my little flower girl receiving a backstage "cheek kiss" from the ring bearer, and members of my family laughing and enjoying each other's company before the service started. There were several funny, memorable moments during both the service and the reception that he captured in detail and I will always treasure those amazing candid photographs! In fact, all of his photographs were gorgeous and the editing was superb (the photos of my in my dress on our college campus looked so dramatic and beautiful), but one of my favorite parts of his photography is the way he captured the candid moments at our wedding. He never stopped shooting throughout the entire reception, and the precious moments that he captured of my parents and grandparents dancing, my friends, my husband and I doing goofy dance moves, and all of my family and friends enjoying a rare time of being in the same place on the same day is something I'll never be able to thank him enough for. My girlfriends who got married around the same time as me were all jealous of the amazing photographer that I had, and wished that they had asked him to take their photos as well! Thank you so much Matthew! More...

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Meg Smiley

19 October 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Legacy Union! This photographer arrived extra early on my wedding day and was already taking beautiful candid photos of everyone as they arrived, started mingling, and getting ready before I said anything to him at all. It was SO nice because your wedding day can feel kind of stressful and chaotic, but this photographer was there capturing every moment without me having to ask or direct him at all. After we received our pictures, It was like opening a whole new wedding gift to see all of the precious moments he had captured during the wedding that I didn't even know about!! - Like my little flower girl receiving a backstage "cheek kiss" from the ring bearer, and members of my family laughing and enjoying each other's company before the service started. There were several funny, memorable moments during both the service and the reception that he captured in detail and I will always treasure those amazing candid photographs!

In fact, all of his photographs were gorgeous and the editing was superb (the photos of my in my dress on our college campus looked so dramatic and beautiful), but one of my favorite parts of his photography is the way he captured the candid moments at our wedding. He never stopped shooting throughout the entire reception, and the precious moments that he captured of my parents and grandparents dancing, my friends, my husband and I doing goofy dance moves, and all of my family and friends enjoying a rare time of being in the same place on the same day is something I'll never be able to thank him enough for.

My girlfriends who got married around the same time as me were all jealous of the amazing photographer that I had, and wished that they had asked him to take their photos as well! Thank you, Legacy Union!
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Meg S.

19 October 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Legacy Union! This photographer arrived extra early on my wedding day and was already taking beautiful candid photos of everyone as they arrived, started mingling, and getting ready before I said anything to him at all. It was SO nice because your wedding day can feel kind of stressful and chaotic, but this photographer was there capturing every moment without me having to ask or direct him at all. After we received our pictures, It was like opening a whole new wedding gift to see all of the precious moments he had captured during the wedding that I didn't even know about!! - Like my little flower girl receiving a backstage "cheek kiss" from the ring bearer, and members of my family laughing and enjoying each other's company before the service started. There were several funny, memorable moments during both the service and the reception that he captured in detail and I will always treasure those amazing candid photographs! In fact, all of his photographs were gorgeous and the editing was superb (the photos of my in my dress on our college campus looked so dramatic and beautiful), but one of my favorite parts of his photography is the way he captured the candid moments at our wedding. He never stopped shooting throughout the entire reception, and the precious moments that he captured of my parents and grandparents dancing, my friends, my husband and I doing goofy dance moves, and all of my family and friends enjoying a rare time of being in the same place on the same day is something I'll never be able to thank him enough for.My girlfriends who got married around the same time as me were all jealous of the amazing photographer that I had, and wished that they had asked him to take their photos as well! Thank you, Legacy Union! More...

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Meredith

4 October 2018

When planning our wedding we knew that finding an accomplished photographer was a priority for capturing our day of love, family, and friends. After countless weeks spent scrolling through portfolios we began to understand there were a lot of photographers to choose from. Once we found Legacy Union and Matthew’s talent for photography we found ourselves continually coming back to his photos. The consistent quality of his work and how he presented it instilled in us his ability to capture our wedding.

From our first meeting we began to understand his experience, professionalism, and down-to-earth nature. Through our continued interactions we really felt that he got to know us as a couple and the style of pictures we were wanting.

Matthew’s experience was essential in navigating the photography portion of our wedding day. Throughout the entire day, Matthew made us feel comfortable and relaxed. He was great at organizing our large group and keeping to our time sensitive schedule. We also appreciated Mathew’s thoughtfulness by allowing us to enjoy the special moments together.

We could not have been happier with the quality of our wedding photos. Every photo shows his natural creativity and passion for photography. The care Matthew put in to every detail will help us share the moments and emotions for years to come. If we were to do it all over again, we would 100% hire Legacy Union and Matthew again. We look forward to using Legacy Union for our future photography needs.
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Elizabeth Mouton Smoot

29 September 2018

If there was any decision we were happy with regarding our wedding, it was hiring Matthew to be our photographer. He was incredibly accommodating and wonderful to work with. He is kind, meticulous, creative, and makes taking pictures feel natural. So many of the wedding photos I’d seen when searching for a photographer looked rigid and staged, but Matthew’s photos are the exact opposite. I was drawn to his pictures for the candid, genuine expressions he captures. His photos are so natural and they seem to be a direct extension of his personality—he is a great person both personally and professionally. He genuinely connects with people and it clearly reflects through his work. He went above and beyond to make sure things went smoothly the day of our wedding and ensured that we got all of the photos we wanted from every stage of the wedding process. Our family and friends are beyond impressed by our wedding photos. We were all astounded by the number of pictures Matthew returned to us and the quality of each and every one of them. We have the most beautiful photos from the rehearsal, to the ceremony, and even late into the night. He captured everything that was special to us and he is so thoughtful. I know that over the years my nostalgia will grow as I am able to look back and remember things like my parents home, and all of our guests, just as they were that day. Matthew’s attention to detail and ability to capture the most beautiful moments are unmatched. My husband and I absolutely love our wedding photos. Thanks to Matthew, we will forever be able to relive one of the greatest days of our life because of his amazing photos. They are classic, timeless, and exactly the kind of photos we hoped to have to remember our wedding day. Matthew’s travel fee is very reasonable and you will not find a kinder, more talented photographer! We wish him nothing but the best and would without a doubt recommend him to everyone! Best decision we made for our wedding planning—Matthew is an exceptional talent. More...

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Debora

29 September 2018

Matthew was great to work with. Matthew did an amazing job of photographing our wedding. He took such beautiful pictures and captured the entire day for us! His work is beyond what we expected and are grateful for the lifetime memories we have now through his photography. We would recommend him to anyone who wants amazing pictures and someone who is very easy to work with and lets the work do the talking. More...

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Elizabeth

29 September 2018

If there was any decision we were happy with regarding our wedding, it was hiring Matthew to be our photographer. He was incredibly accommodating and wonderful to work with. He is kind, meticulous, creative, and makes taking pictures feel natural. I was drawn to his pictures for the candid, genuine expressions he captures. His photos are so natural and they seem to be a direct extension of his personality—he is a great person both personally and professionally. He genuinely connects with people and it clearly reflects through his work. He went above and beyond to make sure things went smoothly the day of our wedding and ensured that we got all of the photos we wanted from every stage of the wedding process.

Our family and friends are beyond impressed by our wedding photos. We were all astounded by the number of pictures Matthew returned to us and the quality of each and every one of them. We have the most beautiful photos from the rehearsal, to the ceremony, and even late into the night. He captured everything that was special to us and he is so thoughtful. I know that over the years my nostalgia will grow as I am able to look back and remember things like my parents home, and all of our guests, just as they were that day. Matthew’s attention to detail and ability to capture the most beautiful moments are unmatched.

My husband and I absolutely love our wedding photos. Thanks to Matthew, we will forever be able to relive one of the greatest days of our life because of his amazing photos. They are classic, timeless, and exactly the kind of photos we hoped to have to remember our wedding day. Matthew’s travel fee is very reasonable and you will not find a kinder, more talented photographer! We wish him nothing but the best and would without a doubt recommend him to everyone! Best decision we made for our wedding-- Matthew is an exceptional talent!
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Jean

25 September 2018

Matt is extremely talented and has a strong artistic sense. My bridal photos are of high quality, professional, and embarrassingly outshine all other photos I've gotten back from any other photographer. I'm really happy that I got to work with someone that is patient, kind and has the work ethic to match his talent. He does an excellent job of directing you during the photo session (especially if you are camera awkward like me) and knowing where to take the best photos. I've had the pleasure of working with him a few times and I was always relaxed because it's obvious he knows what he is doing. I would highly recommend him to do any of your photography needs. You may regret it if you don't get the best of the best for photos you'll have forever. More...

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Shannon

24 September 2018

My husband and I hired Matthew for our wedding photos. They were PHENOMENAL. We cannot recommend him enough. He went over and above our expectations in the types and number of images he captured. He met our vision and needs while also injecting his own experience and artistic eye. We did our engagement photos with him as well. Seven years later, those pictures are still up in our house as they captured the essence of my husband and I. (We would have him take new ones for us but we moved! sob.)

Matthew is the real deal. I gave him our wants and he went with it. He was professional, flexible, and organized. HIGHLY recommend!!!
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Beka

24 September 2018

I can't say enough about Matthew Smith's photography skills. Matthew is a thoughtful observer of the events and culture unfolding before him. He flew out to our wedding in Vietnam, and the photos were stunning. Having been comfortably behind the lens myself, I wasn't looking forward to being the center of attention or posing for any super awkward or fake photos. But with Matthew Smith around, my husband and I fully enjoyed the whole day and can relive those precious moments thanks to Matt's talent. Matt was flexible, ready for everything that came our way (it's Asia, hardly anything goes as planned!), and incredibly professional and respectful. I, of course, felt nervous on my big day, but Matt's calming and gracious presence capturing each stage as the day unfolded was a gift that helped me fully relax on a day that gets many women stressed. The quality of his photos in the end was priceless, and I highly recommend this photographer who is committed to genuinely capturing your special day. More...

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Monkeyd Ruffy

23 September 2018

Recommended by a friend, Matt came to photograph our honeymoon in Ecuador. We spent two unforgettable weeks together and are able to relive many special moments thanks to Matt's photos. Having had photo sessions with other companies, Matt's great character, enthusiasm and determination clearly stand out from the rest. It was a joy to be with him, it made the whole experience much more special than just a 'job'. We shot in several locations and Matt was not afraid to get dirty or squeeze into those awkward holes to capture the perfect shot. His talent of using the environment and natural lighting gives every photo a story and completeness. More...

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Anna

23 September 2018

We absolutely loved using Legacy Union Photo Co for our wedding. Matthew was so great to work with and his photos truly captured the moments of the night through his candid photos of everything going, we love reliving the night through his photography. He is also very playful with lighting which makes for some amazing creative photographs as well. We cherish all of them! More...

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Robin

23 September 2018

Recommended by a friend, Matt came to photograph our honeymoon in Ecuador. We spent two unforgettable weeks together and are able to relive many special moments thanks to Matt's photos. Having had photo sessions with other companies, Matt's great character, enthusiasm and determination clearly stands out from the rest. It was a joy to be with him, it made the whole experience much more special than just a 'job'. We shot in several locations and Matt was not afraid to get dirty or squeeze into those awkward holes to capture the perfect shot. His talent of using the environment and natural lighting gives every photo a story and completeness. More...

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David Gutierrez

22 September 2018

Our experience was effortless and fun and our photos turned out A-MAZING! We were extremely pleased with Matthew for our photo shoot. He was very friendly and professional and directed us very well in all the best poses and angles. It made it effortless for us. Our photographs couldn’t have turned out better! He went out of his way to meet us way outside the city where we wanted our shoot to be done. He has a great eye. I have recommended him to other friends already. More...

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ginette

22 September 2018

We were very, very happy with Matthew and his photography. I booked him for a last minute photo shoot on a weekend. He responded right away, and he was very professional with a beautiful website. The day of the shoot, he met us at a location 2 hours away from the city, he even showed up early to scout out the location.
He was very easy going with what we wanted, but also knew how to direct us to get the perfect shot.
It didn’t take too long to receive the photographs. I really liked the way they were presented - through his website for easy access with the option to download any or all of them in a selection of high resolution for printing or regular format.
I highly recommend him!! If I need any more photos in the future I plan to use him again.
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David

22 September 2018

Our experience was effortless and fun and our photos turned out A-MAZING! We were extremely pleased with Matthew for our photo shoot. He was very friendly and professional and directed us very well in all the best poses and angles. It made it effortless for us. Our photographs couldn’t have turned out better! He went out of his way to meet us way outside the city where we wanted our shoot to be done. He has a great eye. I have recommended him to other friends already.
The photos were presented to us on his site which was easy to navigate and had the photos in different formats including high-Res and social media sharing format.
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Amber

7 September 2018

Matthew of Legacy Union Photo Co did an incredible job with my engagement session and wedding! We held our wedding here in Glendale, California and did the engagement photos on a beach in Malibu. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer. They were super kind and responded very quickly to all of our emails. More...

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Yunhee

7 September 2018

I had the best experience with Legacy Union Photo Co. first of all, they were always very quick to answer all our emails and questions. They went way above and beyond of what we expected. Matthew and a second photographer photographed our wedding this past July and couldn't be more pleased with our experience of the photos. Anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer, this is your guy. More...

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Debora R.

1 August 2018

Matthew did an amazing job of photographing our wedding. He took such beautiful pictures and captured the entire day for us! His work is beyond what we expected and are grateful for the lifetime memories we have now through his photography. We would recommend him to anyone who wants amazing pictures and someone who is very easy to work with and lets the work do the talking. More...

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Megan B.

18 July 2018

I have the pleasure of working with Matthew at a wedding at the Newland barn in Huntington Beach. He was an excellent addition to our vendor team as we executed the wedding. Even with the brutal sun blaring down on to the venue location, Matthew was still able to produce amazing photos and find spots at the venue to make a perfect background. He followed the wedding day timeline as instructed and captured all the important events of the evening. Thank you Matthew. More...

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Hannah Rose N.

29 June 2018

Amazing!! Matt did my Headshots and my agency LOVED them! Every time I need headshot I will absolutely be going to Matt!

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Joshua Steven Hurd

13 May 2018

We had such an incredible experience with Legacy Union! Matt had a lot of creative and fun ideas for our engagement pictures, and he totally put us at ease in front of the camera. We are so thankful that we get to keep these stunning pictures forever! More...

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Catie Rohrig-Bouchard

20 January 2018

Matt is not only a phenomenal photographer, he has a heart of GOLD! He helped me and my team with our latest project where we furnished and decorated a home for a family transitioning out of homelessness and not only did he take the best before & after photos we have ever had to help us tell our story, he offered to do family portraits for the family, who as it turned out had never had professional family portraits done. If that wasn't enough, I caught him multiple times helping us carry stuff in the house and assemble furniture, and he still managed to capture the entire event and all those sweet moments I wished he would! He has a very quick turn around and his level of professionalism and humility is something I strive for as the founder of a non-profit! Thank you for your work, thank you for your service to your community and thank you for your heart. You are more than just a man with a camera, you have a way of capturing memories that otherwise would fade away, but because of you we get to hold on to them forever. Thanks Matt. More...

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Courtney Monroe

5 December 2017

Matthew did an amazing job taking our family pictures. He was so easy to work with and I will treasure these photos forever. Turn around time was very quick!

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Courtney M.

5 December 2017

Matthew took the most gorgeous photos of our family. Thankful to have captured these photos from our trip to California. We will treasure these forever. Matthew was so easy to work with and great with my children. I would highly recommended him! More...

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Sara Gradwohl

29 November 2017

If you're looking to take some headshots, Matthew is your guy! He is really quick with the shots that you need and delivers cuts that will be satisfactory to what you're looking for. I had about 5 wardrobe changes and it took about an hour to shoot the variety of shots. I told him what I wanted and he met my needs! Will definitely hire him again. More...

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Andy B.

25 September 2017

Absolutely loved working with Matt.  The photos that he has taken for us have all been top notch.  He's creative and skilled - a true artist.  That would be enough for me, but the bonus is that he's also the kindest of human beings and easy to work with.  I would have ZERO hesitations about working with him again, and I have ZERO hesitations about recommending his work. More...

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Danielle B.

28 August 2017

By far my favorite photographer in LA! Captures the whole essence of lifestyle photography and is such a kind person to work with. Talent sticks out like a sore thumb and Matt has all the talent in the world! More...

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Lisa Spears

17 April 2017

Matthew is incredibly talented. He recently took photos of my family and the end product was better than anything I could have ever imagined. This guy knows what he is doing! All the while making the photo session fun, low stress and natural. So thankful you bestowed your talents and on us Matt, we will treasure the moments you captured always! More...

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One of my favorite parts about being a photographer is that it forces you to pay attention to things most people may take for granted, or worse, not even notice, such as the quality of light in a particular moment.

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Wedding photography is my passion & honor. A wedding day that I as a photographer use as my canvas is a new beginnings in a couple’s life. A day that the bride has likely been dreaming of since a little girl. It is a day that we will see fathers cry and mothers clutch something familiar. My photographic images are how we remember.