Sunday, February 15, 2009


Our photographer is another member of POE - Photographers of Etsy and has his shop on the Etsy site. The pictures that you will find there are very stark in color and that makes them very appealing. Come and meet

Here is our interview with Matt -

Briefly describe what you do?

I am a self taught photographer, someone who is very passionate about photography but has a limited amount of time to devote to my hobby. I shoot images that I think are interesting, and a lot of times I end up missing, but once in a while I'll capture something that works.

How long have you been taking pictures?

For as long as I can remember. But it wasn't until recently that I started taking pictures for myself. In college I took a photography class that blended film photography with digital processing. A few years ago I got back into film photography with a black and white class, and around the same time I started to take pictures seriously as a hobby. Within the past year I've taken the leap to putting some of the images I've taken over the years up on Etsy.

How did you get started?

I have always loved taking photos, but I didn't get into photography seriously until my wife and I began to have kids. Almost four years ago my first daughter was born, and looking back at old pictures of me as a kid I knew I wanted to capture as much of her first days on film as I could. I really enjoy the nostalgia that old photos create. Early on I was only shooting pictures of my daughter, but as we got back into traveling, and as my hobby expanded, I started taking pictures of other subjects.

Do you shoot digitally or do you use film?

I shoot about 95% digitally, but I recently picked up two film cameras that I am starting to use more of. I really enjoy the look of the images that come out of those cameras, but I'm still learning how to use them effectively. One day I'll put some images from the film cameras up on my Etsy shop.

What are your favorite things to photograph?

I don't think I have a favorite subject, but I do feel like I go through periods where one type of photography will dominate what I'm capturing. For a while I was focusing just on night photography, and while that is still something I like to do I am not spending much time doing it at the moment mostly because it's so cold out. This year I am trying to expand into shooting concepts - something like a project where I focus on one subject or theme for a period of time. I’m still compiling the list of contenders for my first theme. Ultimately if it catches my eye I'll take a photo of it.

What words of advice do you have for other photographers?

The number one piece of advice I can give, and something I need to pay attention to, is to bring your camera everywhere. You never know when you'll encounter something interesting to capture.


You must visit Matt at his shop. Matt also has a blog site that you might want to drop in on too! You are going to see a lot that you are going to like!

And while you are Etsy - please do come and pay a visit to


Allie said...

Great feature! Thank you both for sharing!

Great advice, Matt. I always see something great when I have forgotten my camera. My children are so used to me bringing it now, they will point out things to shoot as we drive or walk along.

Great idea too about focusing on a concept!

Anonymous said...

Great feature and very talented photographer- thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great feature- and very talented photographer. Thank you for sharing!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Great feature. I love Matt's work. I identify with how he goes through periods of favorite things to shoot and then moves on to a new theme. Me too!

m. campbell-zurek-Urban Junkies Photography said...

great feature matt! your photos are wonderful!
urban junkies/zuppaartista

C. Wade said...

Great Interview.

Hey, I'm doing way fewer night shoots too...15 degrees is no fun when you have to have exposed fingers!

Matt Allen Photography said...

Thanks for the comments everyone, and thanks also to PastPerfect for the feature! I'm honored to be among the other photographers who have been featured on this blog - everyone has offered some great advice and their images are an excellent source of inspiration. If you haven't already make sure you look at the previous featured photos posts on this blog.