About Matt Jylha PhotographyThank you for visiting my services at WeddingWire and learning a little bit more about me and how I view my work and art. Growing up in a television and media family I have always been fascinated by capturing people and the moments that surround their lives. Never far from a camera, I went from capturing snapshots of schoolyard friends and mindless youthful activities to a more serious study of carefully crafting images that meant something.
My professional career took shape in the late 90′s being one of the only photographers aboard the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a United States Marine. Shooting families, portraits, births, and anything the base needed. To me it was pretty mandatory to “accidentally” replace a couple weapon magazines with a camera or two. After moving back to the US and relocating to Orlando, Florida. I finished a advanced degree in film and knowing that my creative interests focused on shooting people. Weddings quickly became a love of mine and now I find after 16 years and hundreds of weddings I love them just as much as the first day. Weddings aren’t easy and they are not for everyone. I know some of the best photographers in the world who are deathly afraid of doing weddings. Just being a good photographer isn’t enough. Having the passion and excitement for the day and fully understanding how weddings/vendors/personalities work behind the scenes are all critical skills in knowing how to cover a wedding. It’s not just the first kiss, photos of the family and dancing with your dad. It’s also about the details, those little favors you bought for the tables, the moments at your wedding you didn’t even know happened. When you receive your photos I want you to re-live your day, both the moments you knew and the ones you didn’t! A photographer should capture your wedding not need to be a part of it. In the day of new fancy gear and equipment and photoshop and digital toys, I’m proud to say I’m a fundamental photographer. I know how to do it right in the camera and not the computer. I’ve shot several weddings on 35mm film and know how to figure out lighting math on the fly. The new age of photography certainly makes us better and gives us more tools to add to the feeling of a photo, but it’s not a crutch and certainly something you should be keeping in mind when interviewing any potential photographer.
Everything I do focuses around people, wither it be weddings, commercial work, or artists on stage – it all must tell a story or reflect a moment in someones life. I consider my style to be more high-key contemporary commercial work.
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