ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

+ MATTHEW PAUTZ

How I fell into wedding photography

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Passion is a word that is sometimes thrown around and overused.  Everyone is passionate about something, the trick is finding out what.  Wedding photography isn’t an option covered by high school guidance counselors so like most photographers, I had to discover my passion for the art on my own.

 

I have always been a lifelong lover of nature and the outdoors, and I bought my first camera so I could take some snapshots to remember the hiking trips I went on.  A desire to capture the beauty of our planet that I saw while hiking and traveling is what drew me to capture my first photographs, and fueled what was quickly becoming an obsession.

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This soon spilled into other types of photography like corporate events, graduations, and concert photography.  They were all amazing experiences, but each branch was missing something.  Concerts were tons of fun, but had to be done for free.  Corporate events were all business with no room for experimenting.  Nothing really fit right.  Then I was asked to photograph a friend’s wedding and everything changed.

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Weddings were unlike anything else I’ve ever done before. They were incredibly challenging, and required skills from every single other branch of photography. They were as fun as concerts to me, yet had the potential to make a career out of. They needed to be treated like events, but allowed for me to experiment with new techniques. No two weddings were anything alike – I could photograph outside on a sunny Friday, and then photograph a candle lit ceremony in a 200 year old church Saturday. Nothing had ever challenged me in so many different aspects before.

 

Ironically , the very reasons I loved photographing weddings were the same reasons why so many other photographers avoid them at all costs. Instead of finding these challenges stressful, I loved them. I had discovered a passion I had never even thought of, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this as a career.

–  Matthew Pautz

How I fell into wedding photography

< 1 / 3 >

Passion is a word that is sometimes thrown around and overused.  Everyone is passionate about something, the trick is finding out what.  Wedding photography isn’t an option covered by high school guidance counselors so like most photographers, I had to discover my passion for the art on my own.

 

I have always been a lifelong lover of nature and the outdoors, and I bought my first camera so I could take some snapshots to remember the hiking trips I went on.  A desire to capture the beauty of our planet that I saw while hiking and traveling is what drew me to capture my first photographs, and fueled what was quickly becoming an obsession.

< 2 / 3 >

This soon spilled into other types of photography like corporate events, graduations, and concert photography.  They were all amazing experiences, but each branch was missing something.  Concerts were tons of fun, but had to be done for free.  Corporate events were all business with no room for experimenting.  Nothing really fit right.  Then I was asked to photograph a friend’s wedding and everything changed.

< 3 / 3 >

Weddings were unlike anything else I’ve ever done before. They were incredibly challenging, and required skills from every single other branch of photography. They were as fun as concerts to me, yet had the potential to make a career out of. They needed to be treated like events, but allowed for me to experiment with new techniques. No two weddings were anything alike – I could photograph outside on a sunny Friday, and then photograph a candle lit ceremony in a 200 year old church Saturday. Nothing had ever challenged me in so many different aspects before.

 

Ironically , the very reasons I loved photographing weddings were the same reasons why so many other photographers avoid them at all costs. Instead of finding these challenges stressful, I loved them. I had discovered a passion I had never even thought of, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this as a career.

– Matthew Pautz

+ SOME OF MY PHILOSOPHIES

THE BEST MOMENTS

are natural and unscripted.

Life is an Adventure...

Your wedding should be too.

Fill Your Life With Wonderful Memories

And you will never be lonely

+ SOME OF MY QUIRKS

 

+ I grew up with animals, and have a soft spot for all living things.  I own Tucker, the world’s most photographed Corgi, and am not ashamed to say he is basically my child.  That’s him as a puppy on the right.

 

+ I would pay good money to sip whiskey in silence all evening with Nick Offerman.

 

+ I love a good adventure, but I also love a relaxing night in.  My ideal Friday night could be either hiking a new trail in the mountains, or watching a cheesy movie while eating hibachi takeout in my pajamas.

 

+ “If you want the shot no one else has, you have to be willing to do what no one else was willing to do”.  I have always believed that hard work is more important than talent.  Talent is common, work ethic is rare.

 

+ I strongly believe that you get out of life what you put into it.  Not only personally, but professionally as well.  Wedding photography is my life and I put my heart and soul into every photo I take.  I believe your wedding deserves nothing less.