Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Acho.
Matt, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I bought my first point and shoot camera when I was 16 years old. I had no idea how to use it, but I decided to take it with me to my cousin’s wedding to practice. I remember all of the pictures looked pretty basic, but then I took the one picture that changed my life forever. It was right after the ceremony; my cousin and his wife were standing on the top step right outside of the church and they learned in for a kiss. At that moment I captured the most beautiful shot. They were kissing, the bride’s veil was blowing in the wind, and the entire bridal party was surrounding them, cheering and clapping. It was so candid and real; a once in a life time shot. I loved it so much that I made sure they got a copy of it. A few weeks later I went to their house and saw the picture hanging on their refrigerator; they said they loved it so much that they had to turn it into a refrigerator magnet. It was at that moment that I realized how much of a privilege it is to be a photographer. You’re not just taking a picture; you’re capturing memories and that tell a story. And I’ve carried that with me into my professional career; I’m constantly trying to tell a visual story. Fast forward a few years later, I eventually got into acting and film making.
I did a lot of work as a casting assistant/casting director and learned the difference between a really good headshot and a really bad headshot. This sparked the desire for me to combine my two passions of acting and photography by starting a headshot business for actors. I eventually expanded my business into doing portraits as well. I later started working for a national portrait studio where I did a lot of senior and family portraits. Working there really allowed me to hone in on my skills and grow as a photographer. 2 years later I quit my job at that studio in Detroit to move to Los Angeles. I’ve been here for almost 10 months now and I love everything about this city, it really inspires me as an artist.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I consider myself a visual story teller; I primarily shoot actor headshots and portraits but I’m always trying to tell a story with my photography. When I’m prepping an actor for their headshot sessions, I always try to get a feel for what type of characters they usually go out for. I want to make sure I’m telling the story that you’re trying to sell to casting directors. Whether you go out for evil, villainous roles or quirky, comedic roles, I’m going to make sure everything about your headshot reflects that story. Everything down from your expression to your wardrobe to the lighting. Whether it be a portrait or a headshot, the expression in the eyes are key. Everything in the picture can be perfect, but if the eyes aren’t selling the story then the picture (in my professional opinion) is boring.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Try to do something productive towards your art every day! When we get busy, we get in the habit of saying ”I have no time for this today” but we really do. We may not have as much time as we would like, but even 10-20 minutes a day can make a difference. Even if it’s just doing something small. Plan out a photo shoot, do some sketching, write, paint, etc. Whatever your art is, just do a little bit every day. Otherwise you’ll get nowhere.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work on my website www.mattachophotography.com or my Instagram @matt_acho_photography
- Website: Www.mattachophotography.com
- Phone: 323 680 0240
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @matt_acho_photography