Matthew was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and has lived in Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor, Gainesville, New Tampa, and currently in South Tampa. He married his high school sweetheart, Christina, who he met at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs. They graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) even though he was brought up as a Florida State Seminole fan. They now have 3 young daughters, Lindsay, Jordan, and Emery.
Matthew has always enjoyed going out to parks and been interested in nature and wildlife. One of the main reasons that he got into photography was to share beautiful places and wildlife with friends and family. Any time Matt had a day off from work he would take off for a park or wildlife preserve. Some of his favorites are Everglades National Park, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area near Kissimmee, Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, and Fort Desoto closer to home. Matthew has even done day trips to the Everglades (It’s about a 5 hour drive each way).
With the birth of his three daughters, his photography has shifted closer to home. Cityscapes now complement his nature photography. Frequent visits to the same locations have allowed him to capture different lighting, events or unique angles. Matthew has really come to enjoy documenting the beautiful places around the Tampa Bay area. My favorite things to photograph in Tampa are the skyline, the University of Tampa and the bridges and waterways.
Matthew’s work has been used by Visit Tampa Bay (including on their 2013 Christmas Card), Visit St Pete Clearwater and Visit Central Florida to promote this area. Two large canvas prints of his photos are hanging in the Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Go Bolts!). His photos have been published in National Geographic Online, Florida Wildlife Magazine, Florida Wildlife Federation calendars, Florida Monthly Magazine, Baltimore magazine. Recently a photo of U. S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis was used for the cover of the Official Commemorative Guide for the Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl 52. Matthew’s photos are also used by many area websites and have been published in several newspaper articles.
Matthew was interviewed by The List on ABC about his photography. The clip answers some questions about a speocofoc type of photography, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.