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Meet Matt Kallish

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Kallish.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Matt. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I never owned a camera growing up, so I came to photography a bit later than most. Before I started my portrait studio, I spent years as a musician and songwriter. The ability to explore emotion and create meaning through songs was incredibly fulfilling. But after a handful of releases, and moderate success, I began searching for new ways to express how I saw that world.

When the iPhone came out, I found myself for the first time with a camera that was always in my pocket. I became obsessed with seeing everyday things in a new way and started to shape a strong visual aesthetic. My girlfriend at the time saw how much I loved taking pictures and made sure I got a proper camera for my birthday.

When I began to photograph people, it made sense to capture the performers and artists I knew from my background as a musician. I found that working with creators and helping them tell their story is something I am really passionate about. I started posting my portraits on Instagram and was getting asked to shoot more and more. It was an amazing feeling to realize that this thing I loved to do so much could also be a business.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As far as working in the creative arts I’d say its’ been pretty smooth, but looking back at the amount of hours and work it took to get me where I am is pretty insane if I didn’t love what I’m doing there is no way I could have done it. There were so many times that I’d get hired for a job and literally have no idea how I was going to complete it, but I’d scramble and make it work. Luckily those early clients referred me to new opportunities and I kept building from there.

There’s definitely a choice you make when choose to live an artistic life, but for me anything else was never an option I had to. They say “when artists get together they talk about money, when bankers get together they talk about art”. I’d rather be making art.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Matt Kallish Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My studio specializes in photography for artists, actors, and creatives. We regularly shoot headshots and PR for established and up and coming actors, artists, entertainers and professionals working in creative fields. The style I’ve developed is sophisticated and modern and informed by elements of design and form. It’s important to me that my pictures stand the test of time, so for that reason I avoid trends as much as possible.

I think the reason we’ve become so successful and trusted is because what we do at our core is really simple. We celebrate people – their lives, their sores and their total uniqueness.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Our studio is fortunate to work with inspiring talent who keeps us pushing ourselves creatively everyday. We’re excited to be doing more motion work this year and exploring new ways for our clients to stay ahead of the curve.

It’s a great time to be an artist, and we want to help those creators find the recognition they deserve.

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