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Life & Work with Matt Blum

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

Hi Matt, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always been around photography. My mother’s father was an Emmy award-winning crew member on “Elizabeth the Queen” in the 60s and my father’s mother was always taking family photos (I have both of their initials tattooed in a camera on my arm). It is in my blood.

It wasn’t until late high school/ early college when I really started taking it seriously. As I was still getting my feet wet, I would borrow my friend’s camera for shoots, before I had enough money to purchase my own. From there, I continued working, shooting constantly (mostly for free) to hone my craft.

Through that process, I learned how creatively fulfilling and important it was for me to be fully immersed in the shoot, from setting, styling, make-up, etc., that led me to pursue creative direction further, and how I think my strengths are best utilized.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
This road has been flooded with self-doubt. In this industry, it is so easy to compare yourself/your work to other people’s work, ultimately making yourself feel like your work isn’t enough. The crazy thing is that those same people you’re analyzing are likely doing the same thing to your work! It’s all cyclical.

What I’ve learned though is that you will never be able to create original, inspiring art if you’re constantly trying to emulate someone else’s. You may not get the most “likes” all the time, but to me, that signifies you are doing something truly unique.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
In the past year or so, I’ve gotten really passionate about film photography (shoutout Safelight Imaging!). I always make my photos have a retro/vintage vibe, so taking photos on an actual film camera seemed like the next logical step. I like to think I’m known for two things:

1. Conceptualizing and executing full ideas, start to finish, and working very closely with each client to achieve our combined goal and 2. Making my clients feel comfortable, beautiful, and seen. In my mind, there’s a lot more behind a photo than just the photo itself; when my clients look at shoots we’ve done together, my hope is that they remember feeling the most THEM they’ve ever felt.

That’s what I always try to get across: the best photos are the ones in which the subject feels the most confident and themselves as possible.

How do you think about luck?
I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck. I’ve been working incredibly hard, having multiple jobs at a time to support myself, in order to further myself in this career. Whatever you put your mind to is possible.

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1 Comment

  1. Cathy

    October 12, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Great story about a special skill and photographer. Well done.

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