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Meet Matt Mathews

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

Thanks for sharing your story with us Matt. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my career as a photographer at Wal-Mart Portrait Studios when I was 17. I needed a job while I was in school and it seemed easy. However, photography was never a passion for me or something I pictured myself doing. I fell in love with the job and what I was doing so I decided to take all of my graduation money and buy a Canon Rebel Kit from Sam’s Club.

I then decided to go to nursing school because that was the safe path only to realize I hated it. One day I dropped out of nursing school and decided to make photography my career. I had no back up plan, no degree, nothing. I knew I had to work hard and make it work. Thankfully, with a lot of grit and determination, I became super successful in what I do and I am so thankful for that.

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?
That journey was not easy. I grew up poor, in and out of the projects, trailer parks, or whatever place we could find that would let us live there. I saw a lot of heartache and pain as a child along with things I knew I never wanted to become. I didn’t really have role models but I did have people I knew I didn’t want to be like. So, I worked very hard to break the cycle of addiction and pain. I knew that I would be a statistic if I didn’t break that vicious cycle and I knew it would be a long and hard road. I told myself I would never have to ask anyone for anything and I’ve done just that. I don’t believe you can teach work ethic or motivation but I knew those were traits I needed to have to be successful.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a Boudoir Photographer and I own a recently opened lingerie store. I teach women the art of self-worth: how to love their bodies and be comfortable in their own skin. In today’s society, I believe we are taught the wrong things. We aren’t beautiful if we aren’t skinny enough or tall enough. I am here to break those stigmas. Every single person is beautiful. I am so proud that I am literally changing women’s lives daily. I have clients that come to me from around the world, women who have come from bad relationships, who have dealt with abuse, neglect, and so much more. I am able to show them how perfect and worthy they truly are.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a hot mess express. Hell, who am I kidding? I still am. My personality has always been off the charts. I’ve always had a loud and outgoing personality. I can talk to anyone, I can make anyone laugh. I’ve never been a stranger! I was just always me and you could like me or not. I never did drugs or drank alcohol because of the things I saw growing up but I was still the life of the party because I knew how to have fun without those things. I’ve always loved horses, they have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. So, naturally I knew that was something I would own as I grew older. The first thing I bought when I moved out at 18 was a horse. Her name was Priscilla and I still have her to this day as well as three others and a farm full of animals. Life is always interesting.

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Image Credit:
John Russo Photography, Matt Mathews Photography

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