By FAR my favorite vendor!! We knew this was our #1 priority. DH and I are both into art and photography and really wanted our pictures to reflect that. After seeing what Matthew did with our engagement photos, I knew the wedding photos would be just as beautiful or even more so. Our friends and family were in awe of our photographs and DH and I are still drooling over them. Although we spent a good portion of our budget on Matt, I would have paid double that just to have him be our photographer. One of my girlfriends just got engaged and I’m PRAYING she uses Matt so we can work with him again.
The most Amazing and Artistic Photographer in the In my opinion there is no other photographer that comes close to Matthew Sowa's talent. His journalistic and artistic approach will totally amaze you and capture the enormous love and commitment that the couple has for one another. I as all moms of brides was nervous about my first daughter getting married.. is he the right one for her, is she the right wife for him, will they be happy, are they ready.. all of those questions kept entering my head until we received Matthew Sowas Engagement shoot proofs back. I can rest assure that both of our children were so madly in love with each other and the happiest they have ever been, in their lives by looking at the true emotion on their faces in each and every picture! The unique shots that Matthew was able to 'direct' were just fantastic. His 'vintage' take on these non traditional shots were just what we as a family were looking for. Outdated are those wedding pictures from our affair 30 years ago, when the entire bridal party were continuosly told to fix their collars, turn their heads slightly, look up, look down, turn sideways, upside down etc, fix their bow ties... now all can be naturally shot with Matthews professional direction. Matthew was so professional and unintrusive at the affair that no one knew he was even snapping away the thousands of shots he took that day/evening. There werent any invasive lights, ladders or huge cameras, just two extremely talented and artistic geniuses who got the job done without any interference to guests or the bridal party and presented us with so many stunning pictures to choose from. Although I will be the first to tell you that my son in law and daughter are extremely beautiful people to begin with... Matthew pictures managed to enhance their features and magnify the love that they have for each other. I would NOT waste my time researching other photographers, just go to Matthew Sowas blog and/or website and see for yourself. His prices are in line with all of the other photographers that are near his abilities and he will work with you on exactly what you are looking for and your individual needs. We had an assistant as well, who was just as incredible as Matthew is. They offered two distinct looks which gave our family every single look and shot we could have hoped for. Matthew will have a complete open line of communication with you and always get back to you regarding any questions or concerns you might have. Matthew Sowa is a MUST HAVE at any upcoming affair. We have two other daughters who will be hopefully getting married in the near future and will definitely book Matthew before the Venue is even booked. Good luck on your upcoming event and do yourself the favor of having Matthew there to provide you with the best gift other than your new spouse, of course... gorgeous, artistic, magnificent pictures that will keep your memories alive of the most spectacular day of your lives!!!! Here is a link with some images of our wedding http://www.matthewsowablog.com/cory-adam-2/
Matthew's photography is not just a photography! it is a true art! We don't even know how we can express and thank him for his incredible work. He did amazing job shooting our engagement session and we can't wait to work with him again on our wedding pictures. The atmosphere during the photo shoot was great! I was a little afraid that it would be difficult for us to be natural and this would show in the pictures. But Matthew created very relax and pleasurable mood. Our engagement pictures are absolutely beautiful and not only beautiful but alive! Every time I look at them I am glad I met such a talented photographer! Thank you that you captured those important moments for us in such a incredible way! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
In our search for a photographer for our wedding, my husband and I interviewed several candidates. The process of viewing portfolio after portfolio left us, to say the very least, overwhelmed. There were a number of talented photographers with bodies of work that were in their own ways both beautiful and interesting, yet there was something holding us back from making a decision. It was then that we met with Matthew Sowa and we finally understood what it was that was subconsciously fueling our reservations with respect to the other candidates. The other photographers had delightful portfolios, but Matthew’s work went beyond the realm of what one thinks of when considering wedding photography. Every moment that he captured turned out to be much more than a static representation of an event--- each image was alive with energy and embodied the unbridled happiness that my husband, our guests and myself felt on that day. Beautifully orchestrated photos that pulsed with emotion far surpassed any of the other works that we had looked at during our initial search. In addition to Matthew’s obvious ability to capture a plethora of moments and create beautiful, in essence, “living” memories of our wedding, coupled with his beaming, enthusiastic and accommodating personality, made him an absolute pleasure to work with. Matthew is an individual whose passion for his craft shines through his work. His personality and the zest with which he commits himself to creating works that transcend traditional photography, is what elevates his work to a place of beauty that will evoke the same emotions captured in that moment for many years to come.
We had an extra-ordinary experience with the photographer, Matthew. The entire day of pre-wedding photography was full of fun and interaction with street people which made us feel really special. The art-sense and creativity of Matthew, as well as his professionalism produced the magazine style shots we could never expected. I was really impressed with his enthusiasm and energy towards getting the best shots possible. The efficiency of getting the finally photos is also a Five Star service.
As a modern day Wedding Photographer, you have to be more than just an excellent photographer, you have to be an Art Director, stylizing what is going on in the image and paying close attention to the details and background of every photo. You must always keep the images interesting, fresh and well composed. I strive to always create pictures that have movement, power of emotion and modern taste.
What type of services do you offer?
We offer the highest level of personalized service. “Matthew Sowa” is always the main photographer at every event. Our excellent reputation often results in requests for more than one event on the same day. If Matthew is booked, we will respectfully have to turn down the request. We therefore recommend booking our service at least 10-12 months prior to the date of your wedding. Once your wedding is booked we are not available for other events on “Your Day”. Matthew’s emphasis is on providing amazing quality. It is his attention to detail and passion for providing the highest level of personalized service that our clients have come to expect.
What are some of the hottest trends you are seeing for upcoming seasons?
A combination of photography and video picks, captured by a photo camera throughout the wedding day.
What are some “tricks” for couples that want to get great photos?
The most important thing is to trust your photographer. If my bride & groom can be themselves and be relaxed on the wedding day and trust me as their photographer, I will go beyond their expectations. This is the key! Tell us about the types of packages you offer?
Wedding Photography Packages are meant to serve as a guideline. We bundle our Wedding Photography Packages based upon past demand, but we are always able to custom tailor the wedding photography package to you. We offer packages that include wedding coverage with edited proofs and DVDs in high resolution. Another option is a package with beautiful wedding books with a photo shoot the “day after” the wedding. Packages can vary tremendously based upon the desires of the bride and groom, as well as their budget. We will always work with you on an individual basis to customize the perfect combination for your needs.
What’s your turnaround time?
Our work is individually handcrafted, and faster does not mean better …..We put emphasis on quality. All images before the final editing are online within 3-4 weeks. Final edited work in digital format takes from 2 to 3 months. The post-production takes time. Our clients agree that it is better to wait a bit longer to get great-looking, crisp catalog style images. The Creation of a high quality wedding album takes approximately 2 to 3 months depending upon the schedule of the lab.
How many pictures do you generally take in a standard package?
We do not limit the number of images taken on the wedding day, no matter which package has been chosen. We will provide you with from 400 up to 1000 high-resolution images in digital format, depending upon the package. The final 60 - 120 best images are included in your wedding book depending upon the album’s layout and design.
Do you offer couples the option of adding “must have” photos to your work?
We do personal work and my clients are always welcome to send me a list of 'must have' photos. All of these details will be discussed prior to the wedding. What many may see as “must have” or “specialty” photographs may be a standard for my work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
The largest source of inspiration in my life and in my photography is my wife. On the wedding day, all my brides are my inspiration. Everything begins when I start shooting with passion, during the bride’s preparation.
How about engagement photos and packages?
The engagement photos are part of my service. They are included with the chosen package or can be arranged separately. Engagement photo shots take approximately 2-4hours depending on location and the number of photo spots we will be visiting. The engagement session offers a great opportunity to build connection and a relationship between myself and the wedding couple.
What are some of the best locations for photos?
It is important to keep your wedding on schedule! The choice of location is dependent upon its accessibility and the personal taste of the couple and/or photographer. Sometimes there is little choice when the entire wedding day is held in one location. I love the challenge of having to work with the surroundings that are available. When there is no opportunity to travel to photo locations, I use my artistry, experience and attention to perfection to capture every bit of the beauty of the bride and groom, and the setting that is presented. During Weddings in which the ceremony and reception are at different locations, and we have multiple photo sites to visit, timing is critical, not only to get the best photos, but to make the photo shoot as stress free for the couple as possible. This offers me the opportunity to allow my experience in photographing at multiple locations, under various lighting conditions to shine. Recommended locations: uncrowded beaches and urban environment.
What are some of the unique and specialty features you offer?
“The Day After” might be a good option to create something extraordinary. An extra day may often be a good option to have more fun ………. We have recently started offering a completely new package – a Fusion. It’s a combination of photography and video picks captured by a photo camera throughout the wedding day. The final result; a very dynamic, creatively put together 10-15 minutes photo-video short film with real sound bites. No video camera, no lights, very unobtrusive. Projector slide show from the wedding photo shoot or engagement session during the reception. It can be nice addition to the main curse. *Large canvas prints 20x30 or 30x40 based on “Movie Posters”
How can you make a couple’s photos really stand out?
There are two very important aspects to making images stand out: Good Lighting and composition; the rest is plenty of personal imagination. I believe that all couples are fantastic on their wedding day, they just need something to help them “shine”……..and this is the “light”. If there is no light there is no photography. Also, there is no question. Great photo equipment and post production work is a very important and helpful part of the final image result and integral to making the pictures great looking, crisp and fabulous.
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