olympic peninsula elopement photography

I’m Matt, a candid, film-inspired Charlottesville-based wedding photographer.

Originally from Roanoke, I'm located in Charlottesville nowadays, and I spend about half of my peak wedding season weekends either in DC, Richmond, or far-away parts of the country. Exploring new places has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a kid, so having work that regularly brings me to such incredible places (whether a quirky new DC venue or an elopement in Denali) feels very unreal at times.

I'm a firm believer that there's no such thing as "too adventurous" when it comes to weddings, elopements, or photo sessions. I once hiked 7 miles to an alpine lake in with a couple for their engagement portraits. It was magical and so worth it. Photographing an elopement in the woods beneath Mount Rainier’s peak has always been a dream of mine.

I'm also a firm believer in impromptu road trips all over the world. Elli and I typically take at least one trip that sounds totally insane every year. We plan it two weeks beforehand. We drive absurd distances every single day. Half the time I'm hanging out the passenger window with a Polaroid camera. It's always awesome. 2017 was the Scottish Highlands and an amazing adventure through Zion & Death Valley (go check it out!).

So give me cool road-trip ideas and we'll be best friends!

I think this job is really, really freaking awesome because I love getting to hang out with awesome couples and unique people at their giant (or intimate) love celebrations, telling their stories through photos. I'd love the opportunity to tell yours.

So you be you. I'll bring the cameras


How I'd describe my documentation style: Genuine, cinematic, & adventurous

Favorite lens: 35mm f/1.4

Favorite film: Portra 400

Favorite film(500) Days of Summer

Favorite city: Seattle (and Chicago)

Stuff I love: espresso, instant film, Bon Iver, traveling, indie rock, prime lenses, plaid shirts, Angel Olsen, golden sunlight, the Pacific Northwest, this cat gif

Photo inspiration: Alexandra CeliaJordan VothMike GrittaniCarly Romeo

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