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Thank you so much for visiting my website and considering me to document the most important day of your life. I know it’s a daunting task and that you have so many choices out there, so I really appreciate the moment you are taking to view my work.

We are specializing in fine art documentary wedding photography.  We are based in Los Angeles but our weddings and portrait or engagement sessions have taken us from San Francisco to Boston, Las Vegas to New York, Mexico, Portugal, UK, France, Romania.

I was born in Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania. My loving parents are artists; I grew up in the smell of watercolors and printing inks, watching them paint, draw, etch, make tapestries, sculpt, take pictures. Our little apartment looked like an art museum, with colorful walls and amazing art hanging on every inch of wall available. I started expressing myself through art even before I started speaking. Around two years old I started playing with my dad’s plastic camera. I think I took my first picture when I was six or seven years old. I was hooked. It was another way for me to tell stories and I loved that. I also starting writing around that time and by the time I was 12, 13 I was seriously writing a series of ‘novels’.

Naturally I studied Art a local specialized High School and then went on at the Art University where I got a Master Degree. Here, I started teaching photography and also collaborating with a few local newspapers and international news agencies, and I kept on as working as a photojournalist for years after moving to California too. I always loved telling a story though images. And I loved shooting people.

And along came that friend that asked me to shoot his wedding, and then his friends and his friends’ friends…Not long after, I had so many inquiries that I had to make a decision. And I never looked back.

In a wedding, everything that I’ve learned over the years comes together like in bouquet: photojournalism, fine art photography, editorial and portrait photography, all into one. And I got to tell the story of the couple in the way I saw it.

I am very fortunate to do what I love. I am blessed to have had people that trust and believe in me and my vision enough fly me all over the world to be part of their inner circle of family and friends that will witnessed them becoming one soul.

At weddings, everything is old and everything is new again. Everything you think you know you don’t as every single couple brings something new and exciting to the table.

The only thing predictable is the unexpected.

In the midst of all the love, excitement and wonderful madness, something strange happens… people suddenly forget the stress of months of planning and they give in to the joy.

It’s really special to be a part of that. I am not interested in capturing thousands of pictures of every single second of the event, relevant or not. I am always looking for the bigger picture, the very essence of this special day, unscripted, as it unfolds, so looking back you will be able to relive it and to share it with your grandchildren. When they look at those pictures on your wall I want them to go: how amazing did grandma look?

If your love is unique, your wedding pictures should be just like that too: one of a kind. I don’t have a recipe; I don’t work with a shot list that I repeat every weekend. I want to get to know you. I want to know how you met. I want to know what makes you tick. I want to record your dreams.

I want your pictures to bring back memories and smells. Sounds and smiles. I want tears of happiness. I want you to be looking at your wedding album for the years to come and remember How It Felt.

If this is who you are, you are in the right place and cannot wait to hear from you!

I want to tell your story.

Thank You so much!

 

Matei