Charleston Wedding Photographer
I’m Matthew… but please call me Matt!
I am a Charleston, SC wedding photographer living on Johns Island. I have been working as a wedding photographer for the last 7 years and have photographed over 150 weddings. Originally I started my career in Colorado, but just recently I made the move to the coastal state and I’m loving it.
By now you’ve likely looked at a million different wedding photographers… and probably realized you could throw a rock and hit a wedding photographer on the street if you tried. I know it’s probably tough to get to know someone through their website, but here is a little look into my philosophy when approaching your wedding.
I believe that your wedding day is more than our time we spend together taking photographs. It’s about the moments you spend with your loved ones. The memories shared on the dance floor. It’s your parent giving their special piece of advice during speeches. All of these moments matter to me as much as they matter to you. I understand that you want to be able to cherish these memories and be able to share them with future generations.
Marriage is a journey. Let’s document it together.
First some background: I’m an executive for the world’s most recognized media brand. I hire vendors and photographers for events all the time. And as you might expect, I’m very opinionated and have incredibly high expectations. Matthew Speck did not disappoint. Unlike most Colorado wedding photographers who specialize in gag-inducing, Vaseline-filtered, whimsical photos in fields of wildflowers, Matt does beautiful editorial and documentary-style photography. Think Vanity Fair. Not Sound of Music. Bonus: he’s a super cool guy. Made us very comfortable. Delivered a bunch of photos early to make magazine deadlines etc. Plus, he’s down with the gays. Talented. Fun. Cool. A+ We loved working w Matthew Speck. And we loved his work. I wholeheartedly endorse him. Lock him in ASAP if he’s available for your date. Trust me.
When searching for a wedding photographer in colorado, we were immediately drawn to Matt's unique style. His perspective and ability to capture motion stood out amongst the crowd.
As we got to know him, however, we realized that he brings more than just great photos to a celebration. His guidance on timing, planning, and general organization of the greater event was helpful in finalizing our plans. He's overtly attuned to the wishes of his clients and contributes meaningfully to the manifestation of their vision. The night of our wedding, he took command of his role to capture the images that mattered. He was a crucial part of the night and I'm glad he was there, both as a photographer and a participant in the celebration.
We have a remarkable digital album that shows the essence of the greatest celebration of our lives to now. I recommend Matt to anyone looking for a photographer for any occasion.
If you're like us, Matt is the wedding photographer for you and I'll tell you why (1) You want amazingly creative photos you can hang in your home and office that will look like ART, like you were the focus of an editorial spread while still keeping it real and documenting all the people and things you spent months planning and dreaming about. HE'S GOT YOU. (2) He will make you so comfortable and do enough prep work with you that you will feel like he's your bro on the day and you'll relax and be your beautiful self in front of the lens. HE DID THAT FOR US AND I HATE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED. (3) You want someone you can trust to show up, talk nicely to your family and friends, keep things moving, be at the right place at the right time... SEE ABOVE (4) You want to cry when you get your photos back and re-live the parts of your day that you didn't quite get to absorb because you were busy being "on" and trying to take it all in. Plus you only have two eyes. HE WILL GIVE THAT TO YOU, YOU WILL CRY TEARS OF JOY. As someone with a photography and design background who has produced many many photo shoots for television, I half pitied the person we booked, my bar is high for aesthetic and quality, and I'm very bossy (I'm ok with it) HE PUT UP WITH ME, and even better, made me feel so confident that I wasn't even that girl on that day. I found my dream mate, I found my dream photographer, I have ART on my walls AND I LOVE THAT. Thank you for everything, Matt!!!!
Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with. He truly is an artist, and watching him work is amazing. He really gets excited when he sees the perfect shot, and we had a blast shooting with him. He has a very easy-going personality, and was able to capture so many once in a lifetime moments that we'll cherish for the rest of our lives. Matt is a super cool dude and just having him around helped me and my wife calm down and enjoy our special day. My wife and I normally feel awkward in front of cameras , and both consider ourselves to be 'un-photogenic' - but Matt is such a great natural director, and was able to get some breathtaking posed shots as well as some timeless candids. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. We shopped around before booking, and he comes highly recommended by other professional photographers as "someone I would trust to shoot my own wedding". His rates are more than reasonable, especially considering how many photos he sent over - and though he shot without a partner, he somehow managed to be everywhere at once! We are still re-living our big day! Booking a photographer can be such a scary leap of faith – there are so many options, and the stakes are so high. We're so happy we found Matt! If he's available for your special day, book Matthew Speck immediately! You won't be disappointed!
Matt was absolutely fantastic to work with. He was very easy going and laid back from our first meeting all the way through our wedding celebration. Neither my husband or myself are very comfortable in photos and adding to that general wedding nerves we really thought we would both look nervous and awkward in our photos. However Matt's attitude managed to put our nerves at ease and he captured beautiful images. We could not be happier with the outcome! He was great getting images of our guests and reception as well, and multiple people commented on how friendly he was while interacting with friends and family members. You can tell he really does love what he does!
What everyone says is right the day really is over in the blink of an eye, and I am so glad we have the beautiful photos taken by Matt to remember it by!