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Rising Stars: Meet Matt Tish

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

Hi Matt, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I never truly knew exactly what I wanted to do for a career but I’ve always had an interest in photography. My mom was a wedding photographer when she was younger so I remember looking through her camera gear and I feel like that helped to grab my interest. I bought my first camera when I was a year or two out of high school and really enjoyed just learning the basics. I had a decent grasp of how to take photos and would just share here and there on Tumblr at the time. Around this same time, I was working at Nordstrom and I ended up taking photos for our store’s social media page on Instagram. From doing that, I learned more about shooting models, flat lays, and product photography. Nordstrom is also where I met my girlfriend Kim @stoplookandstyle.

To fast forward a bit Kim and I hit it off, moved in together and both got 9 – 5 office jobs. Kim has always been a creative person and absolutely hated the office job life. When she told me that she wanted to quit her job and go into creating fashion and lifestyle content for Instagram, I told her that she should go for it. This is where things really started to kick off. I bought a better camera and we got serious about making the best photos possible. Kim now does content creation for social platforms as her full-time job. I take her photos as well as book other photography/videography jobs however I am still working an office job that requires travel a good amount of the time. Currently, I am in the process of trying to make that jump of doing what I love to do, creating full-time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely been a struggle to learn how to create and develop a style. Especially when working with your partner the majority of the time. It took a long time for us to iron out our workflow and how to create photos that we are both happy with. I think practice, critique, and inspiration were really the cornerstones of getting better. It took me a long time to develop my eye and be happy with the photos I was able to achieve. I think personally something that helped me as well was starting to work with film cameras. In the age of digital it’s easy to just fire off 100 photos and comb through to see what one you like best. Film helped me to slow down and be intentional about the composition, light, textures, and moments that I capture.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
At this point, I am just trying to work with genuine people and create something that is mutually beneficial. I love working with artists and musicians both with photography and videography for music videos. Trying to tell a story or set a mood visually is what I enjoy the most. I feel like right now artists have a story to tell and are intentional with the images and videos they put out. I want to continue to be a part of that and help tell a story the way it’s meant to be seen. I’m not known for much right now but I hope I can be seen and known as someone who listens. I want to understand who someone is and what message they are trying to send with their art and help them to achieve that with mine. I’m really proud of myself because I just worked on the biggest job I’ve ever had thus far shooting video for CNN. This recent experience really helped to motivate me and made me want to just keep leveling up and working on my craft until creating is what I do full time.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I’m beyond blessed to have good people around me who are also creatives. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I’m at without Kim (@stoplookandstyle), Josh (@jgmmm), Carlo (@crlogm.art), Anthony (@aphothirath), and Brandon (@brandonforthehells). All of them have motivated me and inspire me to keep going. Also, a huge thank you to Isaac(@thesilkcloudco) for always trusting me to work with him and his brand. I think it’s really important to have mentors and people you look up to as well. Ryan (@ryanphamfilms) has been a great mentor and person I can reach out to for help with video. Regarding inspiration, I look up to @jmp, @aidancullen1, @baz, @whylonewolf, and @bawwse. I admire their work and aspire to be able to create something at that level.

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