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-My Story-

I’m Matt.  I call the Pacific Northwest home (Kingston, WA, specifically) and I love living in this part of the world.  I believe in doing what you love and loving what your doing, which is a constant motivator for me.   Besides my love of photography, I like to travel and explore the world outside. When I can, it’s skiing, hiking and heading out on my bike for an adventure with my amazing wife, Courtney and my little girl Virginia.  At home, we have an awesome organic garden, a feisty cat, and together we try to live a simple, sustainable, and adventurous life.  I’m inspired by the beauty of the natural world and all the interesting folks that cross my path.  I hope you can take the time to look around and see what I’m all about.

-What I do-

If I had to label what I do, I might call it documentary life photography. I love to photograph weddings, families, and engagements. My goal is the same no matter what I’m shooting.  I’m trying to capture authentic moments in time – indescribable moments of emotion, humor, joy, love, and the little things that are easily missed.  I truly believe in the power of a photograph to tell a story in a way nothing else can.  I love telling these stories with my photographs, knowing that they will live on beyond you or me.   I’m honored that people would invite me into their lives for a day or two, and I really enjoy getting to know my clients and being a part of their journey.

 –My approach-

I want to create a collection of photos that are authentic, creative, and unique for my couples. I also want you to have the time of your life on your wedding day. If you’re enjoying yourself and your partner, then I know the photos will be amazing. Stylistically, I take a mostly documentary approach, looking for the best light, letting things unfold naturally and capturing authentic moments as they happen. I work hard to keep my couples relaxed and at ease, preferring natural interaction over forced poses, although I definitely give a fair amount of friendly direction. There’s a real spirit of collaboration in what I do, starting from the day that you hire me. We’ll work together to make sure that time for photos is well balanced with the rest of your wedding and that we set ourselves up to get amazing photos while enjoying the whole experience.

-Authentic – Inclusive – Adventurous-

I believe that we should all be true to who we are and that you should have a wedding that reflects who you are.  I love photographing all sorts of weddings and elopements, including those that aren’t traditional.  Bring on those adventurous portrait sessions, backyard weddings, adventurous outdoor weddings, LGBTQ weddings, and elopements!  I love it when my clients have unique weddings, let loose their adventurous side, and aren’t afraid to get their shoes dirty or let their love show.  That’s where the magic happens.

info(at)mattpoolphotography.com   |   206.953.0634