Matthew Pennie 

Matthew Pennie

I am working as heavy duty mechanic currently. However, my side job/career is in photography. I do not specialize in one specific type. However, I shoot anything I see that I like. I would love to get more into wildlife/portraiture photography. I am currently attempting to build up my brand/business and get my name out there.

I love to be out doing something, with my camera in hand ensuring I can get the best shot possible.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Matthew. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

My problem-solving abilities. Any problem I face whether, in photography or anything in life, I can think it through and come up with a way to get through it and succeed.

I have never been taught anything in regards to photography, I just picked up my camera, and started shooting and figured out the best way to capture the world and anything in the world. 

Matthew, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I would love to travel the world photographing anything from mountains to rabbits to people. I want to capture the world in the best way possible. 

I started out when I was young. I wanted a camera, I bought one on a really good Boxing Day deal and just started. I have taught my self-everything I know and have expanded my field in which I photograph 

Who is your inspiration in life Matthew? How do you keep inspired?

My inspiration in life is my papa, he started off with nothing, but he worked and worked and was able to capture his dream in this world. He got to travel the world and do everything he wanted to achieve in life.

I stay motivated by thinking back on his life. Whenever I begin to struggle with something and feel like just giving up, I think back to him and how he would have handled it. He pushes me to keep moving through the tough times and get through it and grow from it. 

We all make mistakes Matthew; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I tend to work alone, my portraiture work is quite minimal, and they have all gone by without a breeze. 

If I did have to pick a time, however, was I once had done a wedding shoot for an old teacher of mine. Upon the wedding, we reviewed the photos, and he then took all of the photos off of my card, and I didn’t get to keep them. I was quite perturbed by this as I had worked for them and should have had the ability to keep them for review and a portfolio. I didn’t do anything about it, and I lost those pictures, but it did weaken the relationship I had with him. 

Matthew , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I speak with them; I note what exactly they want in the shoot and what they don’t want. I then work my best to meet their needs to keep them happy. 

I also make suggestions to them to help further the pictures quality, and if they don’t want that. Then I work with them to come up with a solution to this issue. 

Please tell us, Matthew, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

I recently did a shoot. However, the time that worked for them gave me a very short window to work in as we were going to lose daylight very soon. We figured out what they wanted most of all and where they wanted the photos taken and how they wanted it. I then ensured I made those requirements first before working towards other, lower priority things. 

Matthew, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
We did this shoot out at an old ghost town. Originally the photos were just to be of the town itself. However, I wanted to bring in people into the town.

The person I was with had not wanted to be in any pictures, but I was able to persuade them to join in on Some of the pictures to help bring extra life to the dead town we were exploring. By doing this, I brought extra life to the photos and amped them up to a new level. 

Matthew, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why?
I was attempting to come up with ideas for a unique photo, no portraits. No landscapes. But something different. 

I then came up with an idea using a ring and a book. I captured the photo in the way I wanted to, and it took off. Everyone loved the photo; I gave away many prints of it to help get me out there. 

While this wasn’t a big moment. I am very proud of it as I took the initiative and was able to make an impression on many people 

Matthew, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
We did this car/portrait shoot out at an old abandoned gas station. I had gotten the majority of the more “basic” photos in the easy positions to get at. However, I wanted more. I began moving the car around to more “sketchy” locations in the lot to get a better shot. I went up on the roof of the station; I did all types of different things. This allowed me to get the best shots. And it was nice as I was given the freedom to shoot as I pleased with no rules to follow. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Just get out there and do it, while a classroom can be helpful with teaching you tips and understanding photography better. You can’t get better without the experience. I have never taken lessons or classes on it. Instead, I’ve spent a lot of time just messing around with setting and understanding how the settings can affect a photo. Now I have a very good understanding of how it all works and my abilities/skills has grown 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for something more “casual” in a sense. I would love to work with many people/brands, but I do not want one thing to take up all of my time. I need a life outside of photography. I want time to get out and just shoot whatever I see and live my life. 

However I would like to work with people/brands as much as possible, I want to travel with brands just to get the best shots for them and me. 

Photo Credits:
These photos are all from permitted a friend of mine who has allowed me to practice and grow in portrait photography 

Her name is Eden Smith; her Instagram is @edensmithxo

Also included is a self-portrait I have taken. 


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