In the FIRST, PRIMO UNO, PRIMERA photog interview with our readers, Matt and Kathy were kind of enough to sit down and give us a little insight into their FREAKIN’ CRAZY lives of photography, owning a small business, and kids.
Matt + Kathy = Mathy! We’re a husband and wife team who have long shared a love of photography and, of course, love. After years of shooting just as a hobby, we finally started Mathy Shoots People in January of 2011. Our specialty is Weddings and Engagements, but we’re always up to shoot anyone, anytime, anywhere! We LOVE shooting people! =)
Q: What is the hardest thing about working with a partner?
Having to share equipment?To be completely honest (and not in a “oh, aren’t they sweet” kinda way) we have found NO disadvantages to being partnered. In fact, the idea of shooting without each other is pretty foreign to us. Lots of people hate to work with their spouse, but to us – it’s the most wonderful experience. We flow when we work. We can relay an idea across a room without making a sound, we’re constantly aware of where the other is and our photographic strengths and weaknesses fit like puzzle pieces. Often one of us will walk up to the other and say – “Check out this shot I just got” to which the other pulls up their camera and shows the exact same shot, just from a different angle. We see alike but bring different aspects. Matt loves to play with light and Kathy has a knack for details.
Matt: This is an easy one! Hands down it’s the 35mm f/1.4L… No, the 50mm f/1.2L… Wait, definitely the 85mm f/1.2L II… But, then there’s the only zoom that I still love: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II… To be honest, I have no clue. I want/need them all!
Kathy: 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. We only just started using Macro lenses within the last 4 or 5 months but this is the one that always ends up on my camera. I love the ability to get such fine detail and the pictures are always so crisp and amazing!! I LOVE IT!
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given.
The best advice we’ve ever received regarding doing photography wasn’t given directly to us, it’s actually a famous quote from another artist:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
After reading that, we were able to take a breath. We often forget we’ve only been doing photography professionally for a little over a year. We know we do good work, but we both still were striving for this unrealistic goal that we’d be as good as our photography heros within months. It doesn’t happen that way. We’ve improved by leaps and bounds as our technical knowledge of cameras and lightroom/PS grows, but we’re still growing as artists as well. It’s just nice to know not everyone always feels so self assured about their own work.
Q: How many weddings do you have a year?
Last year (our first year) we shot 7 weddings, and this year we’re well on our way to break that record! And we’re so excited: we even have a wedding scheduled for 2013! =)
Q: What is the reason you got into photography? Be honest…it was the money and fame wasn’t it?
Each other. We each started shooting long before Mathy happened. Independently we probably never would have pursued photography as anything more than a hobby. As it turned out, we discovered that we each had strengths and weaknesses that made us an amazing team. We found that we were rarely without a camera in hand, so it was a natural move to start shooting other people. At first for family, then for friends, and then their friends, and the rest is history.
History indeed!!!! Thank you guys SO much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions!! (Just happens…you answered a lot of my favorites.). Also, I think that quote may have just changed my life. 0_O
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