Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Matt started Father's day snuggling next to a sick Gwyn at 12:30 in the morning. He stayed up with her most of the night.

Then Reagan, Kelsey and I made a special french toast breakfast for him.

I hope this day was as special for Matt as it was for the girls who call him Dad. I couldn't have picked a better person for the job.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Matt Shumate Photography

If you are friends with me on facebook, you probably already know about Matt's photography business. But if you don't, let me tell you a little about it.

About a year and a half ago, Matt took it upon himself to learn everything he could about one of his greatest passions: photography. He read, studied, and watched everything he could get his hands on. He got a few jobs here and there from friends, craigslist, anyone who wanted to get their picture taken. Even me. He produced amazing pictures and the jobs kept coming.

Then last summer, someone wanted Matt to photograph her wedding. He wasn't sure, but she talked him into it. After shooting her wedding, Matt realized what he was meant to do. It was like a light went on and everything made sense. His years of dj-ing weddings which makes working weddings so natural for Matt. Matt's photography teacher in college didn't understand why he didn't want to major in photography and do it professionally. Even she saw his potential way back then. His current career as a graphic designer which has allowed him to do his own advertising and web design. Finally, besides his incredible talent, his art degree which has given him the ability to produce creative composition-friendly pictures that are pleasing to the eye in more ways than one. It was amazing to watch this happen in such a short time.

Now he is heading into the 2010 wedding season with back to back wedding from the middle of May until mid-October and he can't wait. He truly loves it and it shows. Matt will tell everyone that he has the best clients, and it's true. They are the nicest people who are just as happy to have Matt photograph them as he is doing it.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos from recent shoots.

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