ABOUT MATT AND KATIE
Hi! I’m Matt.
Music, reading, photography, visual creativity, pop culture and Katie are what I would consider the main loves of my life, not necessarily in that order, of course!
After growing up in a small town of only 1,000 people it is a real dream come true to travel around Australia and sometimes outside Australia doing the work I love, with the girl I love.
One of my main priorities in life has been to make my parents proud in everything that I do. They sacrificed so much to give me every opportunity for success and making them proud is the least I can do in return. I love it that my Dad (who is in his 70’s) reads and comments on our blog.
In a previous life I was an IT Network Administrator, a title which sounds fancier than the job actually is. Despite my analytical and problem-solving background, my approach to photography is not very technical. I am drawn to visual imagery that evokes a feeling and an emotion, rather than technical perfection. At weddings I want to tell a story by capturing the truth of the moments that happen around me.
If I had a life motto it would be ‘Do things because you want to, not because you have to.’ I’m not sure who said that, I might even have just come up with it myself while writing this. Feel free to use it 😉
Katie is most certainly my princess and soul-mate. I waited 29 years for her to find me (yes, she was my first and only girlfriend). Katie refers to me as a ‘late bloomer’. Ask her how we met, she loves telling that story.
Hi I’m Katie.
Matt always laughs at me because I’m a ‘good girl’. If there is a zebra crossing… I will cross it. If there is a speed limit… I will stick to it. If there is a rule… I will follow it. Unlike Matt who loves the saying: “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission”.
As one of the worlds biggest animals lovers, when I get older there is the danger that I’ll become one of those crazy ladies who adopts every stray that comes along. Animals are just so wonderful and they make me happy.
Family is super important to me and I’m lucky to have been blessed with a super awesome family. No matter how crazy my goals and ideas have been, they have always supported and encouraged me.
Two of my favourite life mottos have come from my parents.
Dad always said “If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything” – and I truly believe this. At the age of 18, I was the youngest press photographer to ever be hired by the company I worked for. If it wasn’t for Dad believing in me, I’m not sure what I’d be doing.
The other motto is the one that Mum drilled into me when I was young. It is: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all”. My Mum has such a kind heart, she always makes sure everyone is included, I wish I was more like her.
Being married to Matt is awesome. He looks after me, treats me like a princess and tells me I’m beautiful, even when I’ve just woken up with bed hair, and panda eyes. Every girl deserves a guy who treats them as well as Matt treats me.
I would definitely say I have best job in the world, AND I get to do it with the guy I love! It’s so awesome that we get to work together, travel together and ‘do life’ together.
This was featured on our old blog, but it was such a popular post we thought we’d share it again!
The story behind this post was we had just returned from celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary in Sydney. We were suffering a bit of excitement deprivation so we spontaneously recorded this video. I mean, what else is there to do on a Monday night?
Katie absolutely loves Glee but Matt, not so much. However, there is one song he just can’t get enough of.
Life is better when you don’t take yourself too seriously 🙂 We hope you get a giggle out of this!
Matt and Katie
A couple of questions Matt and I often get asked are, “Why do you guys live in Toowoomba?” and “Why don’t you move to somewhere more glamourous and where there’s more work, like Brisbane, Sydney or even America?”
These are good questions and ones that we’ve wrestled with quite often.
We have considered moving to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and at one stage we were seriously considering moving to either New Zealand or Nashville!
Don’t get me wrong, Toowoomba is a beautiful town and we love our local couples.
I guess it’s the location that is the problem. Toowoomba is about 2 hours inland from Brisbane and unfortunately, we sometimes miss out on work because of where we live. On top of that, like many small town kids before us, there’s always that niggle in the back of our minds … ‘Are we reaching our full potential here?’
So, why do we stay? Why don’t we move somewhere bigger where there’s more work and we can reach our full potential?
The reason is this … family.
Home for us is:
– living across from our favourite park and having family picnics on the weekend
– having most of my family only a 3 minute drive away
– when our car breaks down in the middle of the night, Dad is always there to come rescue us
– having lunch with Matt’s parents during the week
– family dinner nights during the week
– going shopping with my Mum
– watching the kids in the family grow and being part of their lives
– the pets! I love animals!
Toowoomba is our home but Matt and I love to fly/drive/walk anywhere in the world to take photos! At the moment about 50% of our work is local, and 50% is out-of-town, interstate and international. Our awesome couples have taken us to Brisbane, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Maleny, Auckland in New Zealand, Las Vegas, Nashville … and in just over a week we’re traveling to Phuket, Thailand for a wedding/vow renewal. Lucky us!
Airfares are cheap. Petrol is cheap (sort of). Memories of time spent with family and friends is something that money can’t buy.
To illustrate my point, here are some photos from a family picnic we had in the park on Sunday for my Dad’s 55th birthday. Matt took all these photos, so that’s why he isn’t in any! I know I should have taken some of him, but I was having a day off.
Why do we stay? Because of days like this.
Trixie is the newest member of the family! My cousin Dave and his wife Claire adopted her just 2 weeks ago. She’s a lovely dog, very energetic, VERY smart and she’s great with the kids.
Rosie with her new friend Trixie.
My cousin Lauren (3rd from the left) is due to have baby #2 in June! How exciting!
Which means that Libby is going to be a big sister!
Uncle Kim and little Emma.
Shannon on the swings.
Giving Nannie a push!
How cute is this shot? Shannon with his granddad, Kim.
My mean cricket skills. Embarrassing but funny!
Rosie loves water …
… but I think she loves mud even more!
Just chillin’. My Dad with my Grandmother Susie.
(Top Left) Matt took this photo of me and my Mum the other day.
(Top Right) Dad with Susie and two of his eight siblings – yes! Can you believe Susie had 10 kids! Look how tiny she is!
(Bottom Left) Kim and Claire chilling under a tree.
(Bottom Right) My brother Lachlan!
This is what life is all about.
To finish off – a before and after shot of Rosie. Is it possible that she’s getting CUTER?! I think so!
p.s. Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii, London, Italy, Switzerland and Canada are all on my ‘I really want to shoot there’ list… just putting it out there!