The story of a visual communicator
Creativity runs in the family.
My mother was a Filipino immigrant who came from a musically talented family. My father is a talented American who studied studio art and later became a wedding videographer for the award winning, Disney photographer, Phillip Kent. Together, they raised me in a faith based home. Most of my childhood, including the days at the hospital after my birth, were all documented on video tape later passed on to me when I would appreciate them at the age of 18. Tragically, my mother passed away of cancer when I was young and it was her dying wish for me to find my calling and use it faithfully. After high school graduation, audio cassette tapes of recorded music were found. They were songs composed by my mom praising God for the life of her son. As moving as it is, it was a sign of confirmation to me. I realized that my mother had wanted me to do something creative, possibly in the world of photography and videography, that my father had exposed me early on. This stuck with me throughout my college days and I did something about it. It led me to capture my family and friends during their most precious moments. There is not one day that I don't remember where and who I come from.
My Creative Process.
Growing up in the local church meant having many serving opportunities, including the audiovisual ministry. Having the privilege of serving in this capacity meant continuous self improvement and continuing education by learning from other creatives and professionals. After landing an internship and a staff position with a mega-church, I headed a ministry of 20+ media production volunteers and helped them produce a well orchestrated worship experience that aired online nationally and internationally. Since then, I have been honored to have people trust me with capturing some of the most significant moments and days of their lives as a freelancer. Many of these clients have stayed in touch and have hired me to photograph several other milestones in their lives. I am incredibly grateful that my passion and calling has evolved into a lasting side job.
From me to you.
I hope you will take some time to look through some of the work I have compiled for you to get a sense of my style and how I shoot. Some photos you will see are recent, and others are from years past, but most importantly I hope you will see that my work is timeless and lasting. I've always thought of photography as a gift. It is a gift for us to remember moments that are frozen in time. As your memories fade, your pictures will always remind you of a particular time, a feeling, a loved one, or even a celebration.
I look forward to hearing your story, telling your story, and relationally getting to know you!
Kara & Ryan
“Matt started off our go to photographer for individual portraits, but over time he became our friend. He even became our wedding photographer and was nice enough to travel 2 hours to do it on such short notice. My husband and I normally take awkward photos together - in general, he just hates being photographed - but Matt made us so comfortable that the photos came out genuine, truly capturing the spirit of the day.”