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Photography by Erik Matey

Philadelphia , PA

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Philadelphia, PA US (map)

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215-932-2877

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ABOUT US

I specialize in relaxed and natural wedding photography. My approach is that by allowing you to be yourself, your natural smile and laughs will come out. None of that stuffy rigid posing... Read more
I specialize in relaxed and natural wedding photography. My approach is that by allowing you to be yourself, your natural smile and laughs will come out. None of that stuffy rigid posing here. Be yourself - dance around, hold each other and let me take care of capturing those moments. Rates start just under $3,000, but most couples choose to invest more for a complete package with a 2nd photographer and complete album.

I love the Philadelphia area and all of the different locations that we can make some very special images for you. I like to get to know each of my couples, to the point that I can show up on your wedding day being thought of as a good friend with a fancy camera. The more relaxed you are with your photographer, the better pictures you'll get, so lets meet up sometime and talk about your wedding. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Having learned photography on film, my style is based on what can be done in a darkroom. I like the natural look of images, both in color and black&white.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I have a wide experience of lighting conditions.
Is your media preference film or digital?
At this point I am all digital. After years of shooting both digital and film, I prefer digital for many different reasons. Digital allows for a full day of coverage without having to worry about the number of pictures. It is also a great instant feedback to make sure that "The" shot is got. Along with the instant feedback comes a fast learning curve that makes everyone step up their game.
How many photographers do you work with?
Most of my couples will have a 2nd photographer at their wedding. I don't believe there is a downside to this. The 2nd photographer will help to cover the different views of your story, and we also bounce creative ideas off of each other - making the day even more fun.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes - I have never missed an event. If, in the extremely unlikely event I can not make it, I have a great support network of other photographers that I can count on.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never. Once I have received a contract and retainer for a date, I will not even think about working a second job that day....That day, you will have my undivided attention
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring a full set of professional Canon digital camera equipment, but I try to travel fairly light so I can follow the day with out being held down by a lot of extra equipment
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Of course!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
My packages start by including at least 8 hours. Although 8 hours is usually enough, additional hours can be added.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Usually I only really break during driving times between locations and a short break during the reception while everyone else is eating. (who really wants a pictures of themselves stuffing food into their face?!)
Do you charge for travel?
My initial fee covers travel within 100 miles of Philadelphia, PA. I am happy to travel, though. If you have a destination wedding, please let me know and we can discuss the specific travel needs.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
I typically have the online gallery up and proofbook ready in about 3-4 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
The proofs will be able to be view in an online gallery and also a printed proofbook.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The proofbook is yours to keep! The online gallery will be live indefinitely
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I will retain copyright of the images. If you choose to purchase the DVD of images, I will include rights to print for personal use.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
I do reserve the rights to publish the photos, but if privacy is an extreme concern, we can make special arrangements.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
A DVD of the full resolution files is included in most packages, and can be purchased separately if it is not included in the package you choose.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes!
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer custom designed flush mount albums. These types of books make for a great way to share your own story with your family and friends.
When will the client get the final album?
Albums usually take about 4-6 weeks to be delivered after the final design is approved.

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Jennifer
Wedding:
2/7/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to start when talking about Erik. He did my friends wedding years ago, and he was so amazing then that when it was finally my turn to get married i just knew nothing would compare to the work that he does. We first did our engagement pictures with him - we had a blast and it was all so natural. The pictures came out flawless. Then when it came time for our wedding day, he and his assistant, Anna, were simply incredible. I swear it was like you didn't even know they were there. We got the pictures done quickly, and the ones that I have seen already make me feel like i'm still there. i cannot recommend Erik enough - he is worth every single penny and then some. If you want to remember every moment of the most important day of your life, use Erik and you will never be disappointed.
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
From the first conversation with Erik I knew he was going to be awesome! He agreed to our photographer just 3 short months before our big day, after we had signed a contract with a faulty company. Erik and Jen we nothing short of amazing the day of the wedding. He allowed us to be our selves but capturing those important moments! Jen went as far as helping bustling my dress and fixing my hair. We couldn't of had a better team to be part of our special day!! Thank you so much!
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved using Erik for our wedding! He was a last minute addition to our wedding and we could not have been more grateful for him. He was just as happy for us as if he has known us forever. He was so calm and happy the entire day. He handled our large families well and was very kind and professional. He exceeded our expectations - and we had pretty high expectations. :) If you want a professional and skilled photographer who will bring confidence, excitement as well as the right amount of calmness to your day, then Erik is your photographer.
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Jamie
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so thankful that we used Erik! Our pictures were breathtaking. He is so creative and it truly shows in his photography. They turned out better than I could have imagined!! Thanks Erik!
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Erik and I had emailed back and forth so many times that by the big day, he felt like one of the wedding party. Not only was he a pleasure to have around, but he was able to think on his feet when the sporadic rain forced us to adjust our picture-taking plans. All day long, (and we had a big gap between our ceremony and reception, so it was a very long day) he was sliding in and out of the action without ever making people feel like they had to stop what they were doing to say "cheese." And when my husband was break dancing, I saw Erik dive in low on the dance floor to capture the action. Honestly, Erik's dive-and-slide move was photo-worthy in itself! Erik captured not just frozen moments, but the whole atmosphere of our wedding, and that was what I most wanted in a photographer. Looking at his pictures, I can hear the music playing and feel the buzz of excitement in the air all over again. He exceeded my expectations, and I'd recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Erik is simply a wonderful photographer. He did out engagement pictures and I couldn't be more thrilled with the pictures. Not only are the images beyond perfect- but we had a BLAST with Erik. He is so easy to be around and I can't wait to have him be a part of our wedding day. There is no one else worth hiring- he is simply the only choice. I would/will hire Erik for any photography needs for me and my family from this point out!!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Erik is an amazing photographer to work with...I could not have asked for anything more. I would recommend him a thousand times over. Erik was so easy to work with before, during and after my event.
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aqua
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I agonized over the decision of hiring a wedding photographer and so glad I made the right decision. Erik is easy going and great to work with. He was always just a phone call away if I had a question and we met to go over all the details before the big day. He actually even gave some other helpful non-photography advice about the music that worked out great too! I love my wedding photos, especially the candid shots and the portraits. He had them online within a few days and I only wished the hotel on our honeymoon had a faster wifi connection. Highly recommended!
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tiffany
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Eric was so awesome to work with!!! He is so easy going and made us feel so comfortable!! We absolutely loved our photos and how he was able to capture the emotion and all of our special moments on our wedding day! Our album was beautifully done as well!! Eric is not only a talented photographer but an wonderful person :)
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Kristi
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
We are very happy that Erik Matey was our photographer. When we were originally checking out photographers online, his work stood out above the rest. He is the only photographer that we considered. My husband and I didn't want anyone else after seeing Erik's work.
We selected a package with an engagement session, so we had the pleasure of having Erik 'shoot' us twice. He really put us at ease, or at least as much as you can be at ease with a camera in your face! When I started feeling weird about a pose, he would stop to show me the shots that he had taken so far. He was very professional, and very, very talented.
On our wedding day, Erik handled everything very smoothly. He followed my direction, and rolled with any last-minute changes. I hardly remember seeing him, yet he took photos from every moment. On the times when I do remember seeing him, he was climbing things or rolling around on the floor, doing anything to get the shot. The photos turned out beautifully.
After the wedding though, we learned how lucky we were to have chosen Erik. Believe it or not, Erik was the one pressuring us to contact him. He was finished with the photos long before we were ready to start thinking about them. His responses have always been immediate, even when it would take us several weeks to get back to him. He had our album finished almost immediately, and it is not an album, it is art. My husband and I love it. When we made suggestions for different photos to include, Erik made the changes instantly. If you have never worked with a photographer before, I cannot stress how rare this is. I have girlfriends who had to wait months before seeing their album, and they were constantly hounding their photographer to call them back. This was never the case with Erik.
To round it out, Erik is truly a nice guy. He delivered our albums personally to our home, and spent hours editing our photos. We are very confident in recommending Erik. He is very talented and his photos are amazing.
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Heather
Wedding:
4/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Erik has a great eye and the uniqueness of our event really shone through in his photography! I did not want to compromise on the photography because it is very important to me as an amateur photographer myself. I am very happy that I found Erik and chose him for our special day!
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Jesster904
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Words really can't express how happy we are to have chosen Erik as our wedding photographer. He is truly talented and has an eye for photography. From day one Erik was so accommodating, friendly and really easy and enjoyable to work with. The minute I met with him and saw samples of his work I knew we had to have him do our wedding. We did engagement photos also with Erik and they came out fabulous. We always felt comfortable having him around and by the end of the wedding, it was like we were having an old friend take our pictures! He's very laid back and easy going and knows how to make you just relax and have fun while you're taking the pictures. Going through the photos was like reliving everything from our wedding. He really captured the emotion and feeling of the day and All of our wedding photos came out amazing and beautiful and exactly how I wanted them. Erik really takes unique and different shots- and we have received so many compliments on the wedding photos. Our experience with Erik has been nothing but great and I would honestly say he was one of the best choices we made regarding our wedding, and I would recommend him to anyone in a heart beat.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
He was very good, and I would recommend him to others!
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