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Vancity Vendor:
Matt Morgan Photography

October 10th, 2014 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Matt Morgan Photography

Matt Morgan has been a professional photographer for 5 years now, the last couple, he’s been focusing on weddings. He started off as a hobby photographer in high school, where he shot mostly landscapes he found unique or beautiful. He then switched to another form of art, using graphite and oil paints to create portraits. When his son David was born, he decided to pick up his camera again and hone his photography skills. He’s self-taught, learning from online resources and attending a few workshops. Soon enough, he started covering weddings. The powerful images that he creates makes his new career very rewarding, both for himself and his couples.

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Matt Morgan Photography’s wedding packages start at $2,200 and includes 6 hours of coverage with 2 photographers, an hour and a half engagement session (with a minimum of 30 full resolution images), all full resolution wedding images via download/USB, and a private online gallery. If this all sounds good to you, have a coffee with Matt and get a feel if he’s the right fit for you. To find out more about Matt, check out his website and be a fan on Facebook.

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A Few Words With Matt…

Matt Morgan Photography What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I have packages for every bride and all of them are customizable to fit each bride’s needs specifically.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I believe my style is different. I was always the kid that could draw growing up. The majority of my high school years were spent drawing portraits of celebrities and sports figures. I learned about light, shadow and portraiture through actually drawing faces. Everything has to be so precise. Every detail has to be exact. And the accuracy of chiaroscuro (Shading light to dark, my art teacher would be proud ☺) also makes for an art piece to be bold and powerful. I learned these components of portraiture in a very different way from most photographers, and I believe it shows in my work.”

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Matt Morgan Photography How would you describe your shooting and photo editing style?
“I take a more photojournalistic approach when shooting the ceremony and reception, often a lot of candids. During the portrait portion I am pretty easy going. I don’t do a lot of posing. I generally hang back with a long lens and let the bride a groom enjoy being newly married. I may pipe up with a suggestion here and there regarding hand placement and whatnot, if something looks awkward. I just find that we get the most natural and romantic images this way. For editing, I don’t do much photoshop, My editing is done completely in Lightroom. My thoughts on editing are that a camera cannot capture what we see exactly, and what we see on that day is generally not at all how we recall experiences in our memories. The latter is what I try to achieve in my work. I want my images to look how you remember your wedding day, with all of it’s magic and fun, and that doesn’t come easy. It definitely doesn’t come straight out of the camera.”

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What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Everyone is happy! To be surrounded by people who are overjoyed and in that state of happiness is so uplifting! And being able to capture that and spend weeks editing and bringing that feeling out in photos keeps you in that state continuously. I love my job.”

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What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“I am very particular with lines in my shots and often have to position myself into awkward places in order to get everything just right. I had to roll up my pants and wade out into the water in this shot to make the dock and the horizon line here perfectly straight and parallel. I was in above my knees for this one and still got my pants wet haha. I didn’t realize how deep I’d have to go. I snapped this as they weren’t really paying attention to me. They were waiting for me to get where I needed to be. Just a natural shot. Most of the time, that is what makes it great.”

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Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“There are so many, but the best is when the bride gets walked down the aisle. There is so much built up and emotion when they see each other for the first time and also the pride on her father’s face as he tries to hold back his tears. It’s all very emotional. I’m always taken back to my wedding. Seeing my soon to be wife, so unbelievably beautiful, walk down the aisle towards me was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

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Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“I like to shoot anywhere that I haven’t shot before. That is always my favourite. It allows for more creativity on my part and the ability to experiment more. If I had to choose one place in the city, I would have to choose Coal Harbour. It is so diverse and I always come out of there with different shots from the last time I shot there.”

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Matt Morgan Photography Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“I take inspiration from other photographers on certain aspects of photography. Maybe if something is lit a certain way I may take note. But I think every photographer can agree that they are basically looking for inspiration in everything. Whether it be in movies, books or maybe you’re out with the family and see a couple standing a certain way with the light hitting them differently than usual. We’re always on the lookout for inspiration.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Take a step outside all of the commotion of the wedding for some fresh air. Go alone and spend a moment together. Everything moves so fast and it all blurs together. That moment may be the only moment that stays clear in your memories. It is for me.”

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To contact Matt, visit his website.

All photos provided by and courtesy Matt Morgan Photography

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