Restore yourself at Restore Therapy Spa

During the fun filled event of 2020, I had the opportunity to help Ann and her staff at Restore Therapy Spa update their library of images for social media and their website. What a beautiful space and amazing staff. Thank You Ann and everyone involved, I had a great time and look forward to using services in the future. My wife is going to love it. http://www.restoretherapyspa.com

Matt

Seniors of 2020

Congratulations on graduating! It may not have ended the way you have wanted but with the end of every chapter a new one shall begin. You shall enjoy your summer, your friends and start an amazing new life in the fall. Thank you for letting me capture your pictures and best of luck to everyone. Enjoy all of it and congrats!

Matt

Black,White and the warehouse, Oh my!

I am soooo behind on updates. I have always seen and loved loft photography out of the New York, L.A and other cities and have always wanted to shoot in something similar. So I finally rented the upstairs of graffiti ware house to have some fun with massive windows for nature light with a touch of off camera flash. Bri and Gailynn were super supportive and absolutely amazing to work with per usual. A touch of black and white makes it even more fun!

Enjoy,

Matt

Oh yeah, and one in color for the baby blues!

 

A Beach, A Beauty and A Beast

You figure out which label applies to whom. I had a great time with friends in Southern California in December. Brought out my second camera, a Canon 5d mark iv with a small speed lite during the sunset to play while on the beaches and caught some amazing stuff. It helps that your friends are not ugly and hams in front of the lens. Sunrises are for the east coast and sun sets are for the west. We hit it right on the second day in Coronado Bay, San Diego. I would live on this beach every night just to watch the sun go down if I was in Cali. Some of the greatest sunsets I have seen over the ocean.

Thank you Kayla and Logan for chilling at the beach.

Matt

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End of 2018: Barns, Babies and a Bar Mitzvah

I finished out the end of 2018 with some great families trusting me to take pictures of  everything from Seniors, new family members and a beautiful coming of age celebration. Thank you everyone for you support and allowing me to be part of your families life journey.

Matt

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WSC Series Part 3: For every problem, there is a solution, and it is not Windex, it is weights!

“Beau, I can’t lift a bag of mulch, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, I just had shoulder re-attachment surgery, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, my back always hurts, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, my car broke down, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, I just lost my job, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, I have post nasal drip and feel like garbage, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

“Beau, blinds or curtains, what should I do?” “Lift some weights.”

Yes, I do imagine that one day Beau’s daughter will come to him and say: “Dad, I do not know what kind of  flowers to get for my wedding.” In my mind, Beau says: “Honey, let’s go out to the garage and get some heavy sets in and we will figure it out.”

On top of the fun, the smiles, and the great coaching, people lift and lift and lift lots of weights. From the elderly, to those rehabbing, to collegiate athletes, to people just trying to fight the grind of time and nature– everyone is at WSC to lift weights a LOT. It is a simple regiment: lift weights, and occasionally push the prowler, get on an assault bike or row if you’d like. But always– and I mean always–  get under the bar and lift.

WSC Series Part 2: Cackles, Children, Coaches, Cessation (aka “the pause”), and a Canine

The story continues… with smiles, laughs, reflection, family, and a bear of a dog.

Now, we pause for a station identification (for those of you who are old enough to remember what that is!). Originally, I wanted to capture all facets of the gym beyond the “9-ish” wave: the 5 a.m.’ers (but who am I kidding, getting up that early is definitely going to get in the way of my lifestyle); the afternoon crew; the evening people; the middle-school lifters and the school sports teams that train at WSC. But summer came, and my kids got out of school, and the beaches called my name.

We will return to these programs for pictures in the winter.

No matter what time you come in, though, and no matter who you are, it is guaranteed that you will see more smiles and laughter at WSC than in any other gym. The atmosphere is one of dedication, hard work, and resilience, but it is also comfortable and somehow calming. There are gatherings, parties, special events, charity functions, and — so help me God Almighty– I have seen pictures of people eating cake while working out supported, I suppose, by the motto: “If you want cake, work harder and eat that cake.”

Maybe it is the kids running around on a concrete floor, lifting with moms and dads and pushing the sled, or the Bryant’s dog, Stella, chilling (literally) under your feet and signalling you to slow down and take it easy in between heavy lifts that make it feel more like a home than a gym. Maybe it is because the people at WSC have a goal and a sense of purpose, a desire to be better than they were the day before one lift at a time.

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Westminster Strength and Conditioning (WSC) Series, Part 1: Beau

I am not a fan of blogging, but I am certainly a fan of stories. Those of you who know me know I love to talk, and that is an understatement. We start this story with my joining Westminster Strength and Conditioning (WSC)  in December of 2017 to rehab a torn bicep after a surgery in November after an ACL surgery just 8 months prior. I knew several people who went to Beau and Angie’s gym and who were prophets, and so I took the leap; a leap that led to me to a very cool place. This story is not about me, though, but about WSC and a gym environment unlike anything that I have experienced before (after a lifetime in gyms). It is at this point in the story that I stop calling WSC a “gym,” because what it really is, honestly, is a community. WSC is a  community of like-minded people, who, for the most part, are just trying to make themselves better using weights– lots and lots of weights. Whether you are a 25 year old athlete or a 70 year old person trying to walk up and down steps after a hip replacement, the common goal is to get and be better using strength training. The physical structure that houses this community of people has no mirrors, no air conditioning, barely any heat, and has rooms that look like something out of  SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Seriously. But it is in these stripped down spaces that a community comes together every day to lift again and again under the guidance of the leader, the tone-setter, the beating heart behind the enterprise, and the voice behind the beard, Beau Bryant, who not only believes in making people better, but lives it.

I am a storyteller. You might know me as the guy behind the camera at WSC.

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Summer time fun: Lights, Sunsets and Carnivals

Addi, Kenzie and Molly makine it look easy on dreary days to full blown sweltering heat..