"I'm a recent transplant from CA to NYC. Matt came highly recommended and for good reason. Finished product is excellent. I could not be more pleased with the results. Communication throughout the process was thorough. While Matt makes himself available for questions/follow-up, it was never necessary. All communication was comprehensive and clear. Most important to me, it was a really comfortable and enjoyable shoot. Atmosphere was relaxed and easy and Matt made me feel like I was shooting with a friend. He's exceptionally talented at what he does and a hell of a nice guy."
"I really enjoyed working with Matt, who is a very professional photographer. He truly has an amazing eye in capturing the moment. I would most definitely work with him in the near future. If you need professional headshots, Matt is your guy."
"I had such a positive experience working with Matt Simpkins. He really knows what he's doing. He's convenient and has great locations for shooting. He'll work with you to make you look just like you do when you walk into an audition room. And THAT is amazing."
"Matt was very easy to work with, he was professional and his expertise made the session a breeze. I can tell that he loves what he does and I definitely will recommend him to people."
"Matt is incredible at what he does. Not only is he a great photographer and editor, he really has an eye for type and knows how to get the person he's shooting to showcase who they are in the best way. I highly recommend him!"
"There's nothing better than an experienced professional who produces fantastic results. I'm a repeat customer. Highly recommended as one of the best in town."
"I took head-shots with Matt Simpkins this week, and I just started going through them all. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone needing new shots. He's a true pro with a great eye and great lighting/equipment, and on top of that, he is a great guy who is fun to work with and affordable. Go work with him!"
"This was a great experience! From start to finish. I got great response time on my first inquiries. The session was quick and painless, Matt was awesome - being an actor we got to bond on that. He was friendly, and also let me be my own thing - it was fun talking about what we like. He showed me a couple of the shots while there! Smooth, very smooth. Got the shots, and the touchups were great. Very very pleased with the session AND the results. Thank you, Matt!"
"Headshots are such a personal and sometimes difficult feat to capture, and Matt made the experience so relaxed, easy, genuine, and fun! In addition to the actual shoot, my photos turned out beautiful! I haven't felt more confident before with handing casting directors my new headshots! Very grateful!"
"Great experience working with Matt for my son's headshots! Matt is such a talented photographer as well as just a great person to be around. I'm so happy with his work! I will definitely be going back to him for all my sons headshots in the future."
"Excellent job! Beautiful photos and quick turnaround. An added bonus for actors is that he is an Equity actor and really understands NYC theater. Brooke loved working with him. Thanks so much, Matt! We love the headshots!"
"I had such a great experience working with Matt! He has a great eye and throughout the whole process had me look at the shots to make sure I was happy with what we were getting. He made me feel at ease the entire time. After the shoot, his turn around time was super quick! I'm thrilled with the outcome and I highly recommend him!"
"Matt is a pro. He disarms you and makes you feel comfortable with his friendly charm and easy going manner, cracks a few jokes and gets you laughing. Then his eye for detail, artistic form, lighting and angles takes over, getting shot after shot. There were so many good shots and looks to choose from. Compliments from colleagues in the field poured in after I shared on social media. His photography is first rate. Singers, actors, dancers should book with him now. Don't question the pricing - I was totally satisfied. Post production and gallery use was great."
"Working with Matt and the beautiful set of photos I got was just fantastic! He was efficient and so much fun to work with and worked so well the stylist that came to the shoot that recommended him in the first place. I plan to use Matt for the next shoot and recommend him to everyone I can!"
"Very professional and quality work; comfortable to work with and open to discussing the photos before and after (with regards to what I was looking for as well as retouching) overall great experience and I'm very happy with my results!"
"Matt is truly a miracle worker, I needed a new shot ASAP and he fit me right in and literally made magic happen in less than an hour. He knows exactly what will work from a casting stand point and then has all the technical knowledge to achieve it! We found perfect lighting and background pretty much right off the bat. Can't recommended him highly enough!!!"
"Matt was incredibly fun to work with and amazingly efficient! Every shot was beautiful, and it was tough to settle on only a couple! Highly recommend his work."
"We had the BEST time shooting with Matt for our maternity photo shoot! He is so easy to work with, super creative, totally relaxed and the pictures are STUNNING. It felt like we were just hanging out and having fun for a couple hours and then we saw the pictures and were blown away by how amazing they were. Could not recommend him enough for any of your photo needs. He is simply the best and an unbelievable talent!!"
"I've shot not only my main headshot, but also my comp card with Matt Simpkins Photography and I love love LOVE the work he's done. I get such compliments on my headshot and I am so happy. He really makes the session fun, comfortable and easy which really shows up in the resulting photos. I recommend him highly for first time headshots and for finding that "New Look"
"The best experience I've ever had getting headshots taken! I felt like Matt listened to what I wanted and was completely thorough throughout. The entire process, which can be stressful, was pure ease. It's the first time I've ever had my agents pick up the phone, just to tell me how much they loved the shots! (They've since referred clients.) I particularly like that Matt's work seems unique to the individual. Many times you can look at a headshot and immediately "see" who the photographer is...Matt's work isn't predictable, but really strong capturing the best tool for YOU. Would go back in a heartbeat!"
"Matt was great to work with and the results speak for themselves. I am very happy. Thanks, Matt!"
"Working with Matt was great fun and I got all the shots I was looking for as well as a few extra! Thanks Matt!"
"Matt is a phenomenal professional dedicated to capturing you in your best light. His easy going and open nature belies a thorough and collaborative approach in the studio. You can't help but feel at ease in front of his capable lens. I can't recommend Matt enough!"
"I loved working with Matt and his assistant. They created a very comfortable working environment which helped immensely. Filming prescreens and taking headshots can be nerve wracking because you want them to be perfect. When I was with Matt I felt comfortable and relaxed, and I couldn't have asked for a better team to help show me off!"
Jenni SCHWARZ Design
"I can’t say enough about Matt, he is my go to photographer and always delivers top quality! I’ve worked with Matt on 5 projects (although by the time you read this that number will probably be higher!). He makes our clients feel at ease and sets a great tone for every shoot. Matt is professional, flexible, dependable and most importantly, he is incredibly talented!"
"Matt was phenomenal. I recently got my headshots taken by him, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Photo shoots of any kind are always kind of awkward/stressful, but he makes you feel relaxed instantly and really will bring out the best in you. He recognizes genuine moments and has an eye for the most natural, professional shots. He knows how to get the job done well, and I highly recommend Matt Simpkins for any occasion, he's amazing!!!"
"Matt is a delight to shoot with! He focuses on helping you find a look that is natural, relaxed, and true to who you are. Many colleges (and now my professors) have commented on how strong my shots were. Thanks, Matt!"
"As part of a MTCA Program Matt did the head shots for my daughter, Arielle. First of all, he made us very comfortable at the shoot, and her beautiful pictures were the result of how much she enjoyed herself with Matt and his lovely assistant. When I posted a few on Facebook everyone faved how incredible she looks! Thanks, Matt! YOU ROCK!"
"Matt did a wonderful job with my son's head shots that were to be used for college auditions. This was his first experience with professional head shots and Matt quickly put him at ease and made there whole experience enjoyable. We had some wonderful options to choose from and would definitely use Matt Simpkins Photography in the future."
"Matt is an excellent photographer! He makes you feel comfortable, the shoot is great fun and goes by fast! I had so many great options to choose from. Matt is amazing at using light and coaching the client in specific ways to look their best during the shoot. His scheduling policy is extremely helpful and appreciated, and a session is affordable and worth it! He also sends your selected/retouched photos in a timely manner and sends excellent and specific instructions alongside sending you your photo. I would go to him again in a heartbeat. Thank you Matt!"
"Oh my god! I just got my pics and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out! You guys, Matt is IT! I came across Matt's work via a friend who had gotten her pictures taken with him years ago and I have been a fan ever since. He knew how to capture exactly what I wanted. I did the 'You Impromptu' package with him and Ellen Zolezzi, who NAILED hair and makeup. I am not always the most comfortable in front of the camera, but the two of them made me feel so at home and confident. It was the most fun I have ever had getting headshots taken and I cannot recommend him enough!"
"This was my first time getting my headshots done and it was perfect! I did not feel uncomfortable at all and Matt did a fantastic job with my photos. I highly recommend him."
"Such a comfortable, fun and productive environment for taking headshots! Really enjoyed this experience and plan on returning!"
"My headshot session with Matt was awesome! So friendly and made me feel extremely comfortable and the shots he got were amazing!"
"Matt shot my concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center for multiple nights in a row and managed to capture different, beautiful moments each night. He is incredibly sensitive and has the uncommon but perfect eye for photographing live performance, which is very difficult. I would call on him again in a heartbeat"
"Matt Simpkins is a gem. As a photographer and now, as a new friend. Working with Matt brought out the truest, bluest me into my pictures. I don't think I'll ever go anywhere else again. Thank you Matt!"
ONU BFA SENIORS
"Matt is a true professional! Our students thoroughly enjoyed their individual photo shoots as well as their freedom to be creative during the group shot! Matt really captured the essence and personality of each individual - caught them in the “moment.” His group shots look like a Vanity Fair magazine shoot – timeless and unexpected. Highly recommend him to any University who is looking for a headshot photographer!"
- Kirsten Osbun Manley, Co-Director of Musical Theatre Program, Ohio Northern University
HARTT SCHOOL STUDENTS
"I am writing to thank you for the wonderful head shots you took of this year's Hartt School Senior class - as well as belated thanks for the work you did with last year's group. Although it was Kevin Gray who initially invited you up to Hartt, your results the first year were so good that it was the students themselves who invited you back. Not only are your technical skills as good as any I've seen, but your ability to make each student feel comfortable and confident produced dozens of usable shots for each one of them. Never have the Hartt School Seniors been so ready to enter the "real world".
- Mark Planner, Hartt School of Music Voice Faculty
"Matt is SUCH a pleasure to work with. This is the second time working with Matt--there was at least a 4 year period between my first and now most recent headshots, and it was as if we had seen each other every day in between! I was made to feel SO comfortable and my headshots came out AMAZING!! Matt is a true professional and knows exactly what he is doing. Thank you!!!"
"One word to describe my experience with Matt: EASE. He has a great studio setup, is great at directing photo sessions, and is an all around nice guy. My retouches were done really quickly, and I'm so happy with my pictures. Thanks Matt Simpkins!"
"Simpkins makes a shoot feel like a coffee date with a good friend: honest, relaxed, fun and grounded. For any artist that comfortability enables the lens to capture your personal truth. Simpkins has that artist’s touch."
"Matt just took the greatest head shots for me! He's easy, fun, funny, and so talented. The whole shoot was relaxed, and he makes you feel totally comfortable. I had pulled out the looks that I thought would be good, and he turned them into even better choices with his taste and style. The only bad news...? When he sent me the finished shots, I couldn't make up my mind!! There were so many terrific choices! I had to take several!! Thank you Matt, so much!!"
"I am just returning back from my session, and am amazed of how he focuses and gives understanding towards quality over quantity! His character as a person matches his work, AMAZING!!"
"Y'all. I'm going through my shots from my 'You Impromptu' session with Matt Simpkins last weekend and it's going to take a whiiile! I've never considered myself particularly photogenic but Matt and Ellen (hair and makeup for the day) really know how to bring out the best in people and i'm going to have trouble settling on headshots because I have so many amazing pictures! And my editorial shots? Forget about it. I have a hundred incredible options. I am not exaggerating. The day was a blast. Matt was inventive, open-minded, and totally playful, but also coached me through the session expertly. I cannot recommend Matt Simpkins Photography and the 'You Impromptu' session more. "
"Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with! I felt like he took the time to get to know me and what I wanted out of the shoot. Each shot was well thought out and he wasn't satisfied until everything was absolutely perfect. I have so many great shots to choose from! I would certainly recommend him to anyone who wanted headshots."
"Took some great shots with Matt and Ellen today, both of whom are just pleasures to work with. He makes you really comfortable right off the bat and makes taking pictures lots of fun. I'd recommend him to anyone and everyone."
"Took the headshots I'll be using for the remainder of my senior year into the real, post-college world with Matt. Could not be more pleased with how they came out! He was fantastic to work with; he got just the type of shots I wanted by communicating with me and giving tips and encouragement throughout. I would recommend him to any actor, especially to those who are taking headshots for their first time or are after specific look!."
"I had such a great shoot with Matt Simpkins Photography! Getting headshots is always a bit stressful and I'm always worried I'll spend all this money and prep time on the shoot and then be unhappy with my shots. Within the first 5 clicks of the camera, I knew I was in good hands. We took a peek at the first couple of shots and I was instantly relieved. I knew that I could end my shoot right at that moment and walk away with a great headshot. Not only was I overwhelmed with my headshot choices, but I also had amazing shots for my compcard and website.
I did the "You Impromptu" session and highly recommend it! Ellen Zolezzi was spectacular with my hair and makeup. I gave her a general idea of each look I wanted and she created something even better than I could have imagined, let alone done on my own. Matt and Ellen are both so much fun that I didn't want my session to end!"
"I searched long and hard to find the right photographer for me---I wanted someone who could help me get new headshots AND photos for the website I was building. It needed to be someone who understood my goals and needs for both areas....and they had to be fun and open to the quirky ideas I had. Enter Matt Simpkins!!....When I first met Matt, I knew right off the bat we would hit it off. He was really funny yet so calm & focused at the same time. He was a great listener and offered suggestions that were not just from a photographers perspective but an actors; he spoke my language. His artistic input was very valuable and collaborative in both my headshot and website shoot. He helped me figure out what angles worked best for my headshot, then communicated from an acting standpoint to get honest shots from me. Coming from someone who *used to be* camera-shy, this worked brilliantly for me. In regards to my "You Impromptu" shoot, I mean...he was game for anything. And by anything, I mean ANYTHING: I showed up with a vintage gown, Rosie the Riveter jumpsuit, Indian dress, and a man's suit. When I showed him and Ellen all of the different looks I wanted to shoot, they looked at each other and said "Yes, today is going to be so much fun!!" They were on board with me the entire way, and it was a true collaboration in every sense of the word. It was SO much fun! People were blown away by the shots when I posted them on facebook...Everyone kept asking "Who is your photographer?!" I was more than proud to tell them about Matt's work. Matt is a people-person who will put you at ease. His eye is impeccable, and he will keep shooting until you both are 150% satisfied with the end result. I would recommend him to anyone."
"Working with Matt was such a comfortable, easy and fun experience. Every photo Matt took was a fantastic headshot. The only problem I had was that I could not pick just one photo from my shoot, I loved all of them! He knows exactly how to make you feel at home in front of the camera and knows precisely what direction to give you in order to deliver excellent results. I would recommend Matt to anyone searching for a photographer. I know I will be visiting him again for future shoots."
"I had the most wonderful, ridiculously fun experience with Matt. I had searched for a photographer for about a year before finding him, and I'm so glad I did! Matt knew just how to get the shots I wanted. He gave tons of incredible tips while showing me the difference those tiny head shifts and body leans made from one picture to the next. He gave me feedback as we went along that helped me get the most flattering and interesting angles I had envisioned, all while making me feel 100% comfortable. Matt worked with me until we BOTH felt we had gotten everything we had discussed in our meeting a few days before. I couldn't be happier with the results and would absolutely recommend Matt to anyone looking for a fun, unique, and truly collaborative shoot."
"You need to know about Matt Simpkins. If you want some amazing pictures of yourself....or just a fantastic photograph that could really make or break your career, I'm telling you....WORK WITH MATT SIMPKINS! He's amazing! This guy's eye is incredible. He will make you feel at ease. He will get you the best picture of you you've ever had! You will definitely book jobs if you use Matt Simpkins!" Check out George's full testimonial here!
"I had an awesome time! Matt has excellent taste and knows exactly what he is doing. I will definitely be coming back in the future. Thank you, Matt!"
"I had such a great experience with Matt. I am very anxious in front of the camera but Matt was able to give me a lot of specifics during the shoot which I so appreciated. I love the photos; he captured so many great and varied headshots that I can use, even without retouching (it's hard to choose between them)! He was also very affordable and accommodating. I'm so glad I decided to go with Matt Simpkins Photography!"
"With college auditions approaching, I needed a great set of headshots that would represent who I was. From the beginning, Matt was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to actually get to know me and we talked about what I wanted and what look I wanted. That was something I never experienced before and that's what makes Matt Simpkins Photography so special. So many times I've had photographers tell me what I should look like without actually knowing me and my personality. Matt completely changed that and I'm so grateful! The whole process was awesome and I would completely recommend ANYONE to him! :)"
"Matt is a true professional. He knows how to get the perfect shot, and was also open to trying some of my ideas. He gave good direction, which got me to warm up quickly and have fun. I would definitely recommend working with him!"
"Matt Simpkins is an absolute JOY to work with. I hate getting headshots done and Matt made it a very relaxed and fun experience. I was never self conscious and his eye for perfection and to get the right shot is impeccable. I recommend him highly!"
"I am very satisfied and I definitely recommend Matt as an experienced photographer that can fulfill your inquiry at the most professional way.He helped me with my headshots and the results were just phenomenal."
"Working with Matt Simpkins was one of the best experiences I've had. I have worked with other photographers before, but no one was able to capture me the way he could. He did that by creating a fabulously fun work environment, and I never felt awkward or nervous in front of the camera. The results were amazing, and I don't think I'll go anywhere else again. Use Matt Simpkins if you want phenomenal photos...and, if you need a makeup artist, trust that he knows what he's doing when he hires Ellen Zolezzi. She is fantastic, and also added to the fun carefree mood around the shoot."
"I loved getting my picture taken by Matt! He was patient, (let me check out groups of images as we shot so I could self-correct), he was a great coach (helpful but not pushy) and he brought out the best in me by making me really confident. I felt like I was in great hands with Matt, and my agent and I both love my new shots!"
"Matt Simpkins has a knack for making you feel welcome. His amiable nature makes it easy for you to relax behind the camera. He gives tips, suggestions, and guides you along the way; I found this personally helpful because I had no idea what to expect with this being my first shoot. His final product was excellent!"
"My daughter recently had her first headshots taken by Matt and was thrilled with the experience from start to finish! He was a pleasure to work with, extremely professional yet very relaxed and fun! His stylist Amanda was also wonderful! The photos came out absolutely beautiful and were completed within 24 hours! Matt is an amazing photographer and he definitely exceeded our expectations!"
"Wonderful session, quick and fruitful, never felt rushed; awesome shots, dramatic, fun, and varied; just a fun experience... thanks, Matt! I'll be sure to recommend you, and take advantage of your returning patron discount!!"
"I was so nervous to get my dance pictures taken because it had been years since I had them done. Matt Simpkins made me feel so relaxed and he gave me the confidence I needed that day! He made the shoot so much fun. Not only does he have a great professional personality his work is stunning! I love my dance photos!!! I never expected to not want the session to end! Can't wait to work with him again & again!"
"He makes you feel very comfortable in the session and his work is brilliant!"
"An artist that I had recently worked with referred me to Matt Simpkins. She boasted about how exceptional his work was and after having the privilege to work with him I can agree. From the moment I stepped into his studio, I felt welcomed and comfortable. Matt carried such a positive energy and eagerness to work. He was very professional and accommodating. He made me feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera and gave me very useful direction and feedback to ensure that I left feeling like I took the best photos possible. In fact, I've never been as confident in a photo shoot as I was working with Matt. He brought out a side of me that I was too shy to confront. I look forward to working with him again because I know I will! I also recommend anyone who is insecure about taking photos, who enjoy taking photos but could use some direction or who needs headshots at a very reasonable price to see Matt. His shots will bring out the best YOU guaranteed!"
"I can't believe the number of complements I received from fellow actors when I shared my headshots with them. Matt has an eye for composition that is a gift. It's strange to say that a good headshot can give a person confidence, but I think it can. Bravo Matt, and thank you!"
"Matt is so easy to work with and he perfectly captured the essence of my type. The pictures are simply beautiful!"
"My session with Matt was great. He knew exactly what angles and colors would work best, and knew what to say to get the exact shot. I was comfortable and had fun doing it. I don't think there was a bad shot in the bunch. The Hartt School loves Matt Simpkins!!!"
"Matt Simpkins does not only produce great photographs, but a warm and energetic environment for any client he is working with. The professionalism of Matt and his team are sure to make anybody feel comfortable and at ease with their session. I could not have been more pleased with my headshots, which are something that can make or break someones career. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I thank Matt a thousand times, for all his help, guidance, and generosity. It was a pleasure to work with him"
"Matt shot over ten looks in less than two hours! AND the shots were the best shots I have ever had. He caught me and everything about me. His ideas and direction are brilliant and well communicated, thus bringing great execution to where the subjects only option is to succeed. Matt is incredibly professional and simply one of the best photographers out there. You'd be an idiot to trust someone else with your business! "
"Matt was fantastic to work with - extremely accommodating, offered helpful suggestions and listened to what I needed out of my shoot. He offers the best deal in NYC with indoor AND outdoor shots, candids, and retouched my choices to perfection. The most difficult part of the whole process was narrowing because there were SO many great options! I'm really proud to audition with my new shots and get complimented on them all the time. "
"I hate taking pictures; however, in this business, it's very much needed. Matt had the unbelievable ability to make me feel comfortable, put me at ease, and he got photos I never thought possible. Since working with Matt, I've sent two friends his way, recommend him to anyone looking for new head shots, and I will most definitely be using him in the future. "
"I just moved to New York from Los Angeles and a friend recommended that I contact Matt. I was looking for a talented and affordable photographer and I got all of that and more! Matt is such a professional and I couldn't be happier with my photos. In fact, Matt did such an amazing job that it took me forever just to narrow down my choices to three headshots!"
"I am overjoyed with my headshots from Matt Simpkins! He truly captures the essence of the individual, producing professional quality pictures that emphasize the uniqueness of each client. I recommend his work wholeheartedly!"
"I had a great time shooting with Matt. I felt he really listened when it came to what I wanted AND had very reasonable rates. In the end, there were many great shots, making it difficult for me to narrow them down. I would definitely recommend him."
"Matt gives you what you want. He knows how to capture YOU in his pictures. Matt came to my house to shoot in my neighborhood which was amazing. Being able to change, have my entire wardrobe at my finger tips, and do touch ups made the whole experience much more relaxed and easy. Best deal in town. You get what YOU want without breaking the bank."
"I appreciated Matt's ability to capture the many facets of personality, versus simply one character or side of the subject, or merely a decent photograph. He isn't afraid to coach and collaborate with you so that you are satisfied with the finished product. I would recommend Matt to everyone I know."
"The session I had with Matt was my first professional headshot photo shoot. I didn't quite know what to expect going into it, but I knew what I hoped for in the results. Matt gave me more than I was hoping for. He asked a lot of questions and got to know me as a person and what I was going for in life. He also showed me the difference between good photos and great photos, taking the time to show me every shot that was taken and how subtle differences go a long way in photography. He was also incredibly accommodating to the looks I brought in, as well as some of the shots I wanted to try. It was actually the perfect first experience."
"If you don’t want to have fun and enjoy your session, if you don’t want a headshot that looks like you, if you don’t want your picture perfectly retouched, if you want to pay an exorbitant fee, DO NOT use Matt as your photographer! If you DO want all of these things at extremely reasonable rates, have Matt take your picture. It’s that Simple."
"Shooting with Matt was a comfortable and fun experience! I had the best time getting my headshots taken around Central Park! Matt made me feel like a glamorous model. I definitely would recommend him to anyone and will use him for my photographs in the future!"
"Having had my share of head shots done, Matt's work is terrific! Use him! You'll get lots of work!"
"Matt was great to work with. He was very friendly and made sure I was well informed about the process. Once we set up a date to shoot, he advised me on things to wear. He also went out of his way to find a hair/makeup artist, when his usual one was unavailable. The woman he chose was wonderful and gave me a clean natural look. On the day of the shoot Matt was relaxed and easy going and that helped me to relax too. I was pleased with the variety of angles, lighting and my expressions in the photos. It gave me a lot to work with and Matt retouched and cropped them to my liking. I am very happy with how they turned out and would definitely work with Matt again."
"I loved my session with Matt! The picture I ended up using (and it was REALLY hard to pick only one), turns heads at auditions and has represented me in Broadway playbills. I look forward to my next shoot with Matt when I am too old to use my current headshot. ha :)"
"My headshot session with Matt was a blast! We laughed all day, helping me finally get a natural and relaxed picture! I recommend him to anyone looking for headshots that truly show your personality, not how much you paid for them!"
"Matt's charisma made my headshot session about as stress-free as I possibly could have hoped, which translated into shots that I'm really proud to display to casting personnel. The next time I need new headshots, I won't hesitate to go back to Matt."
"Matt understands headshots from an actor’s perspective, making the shoot relaxed, fun and, most importantly, effective. He takes the time to get to know you and understand what you want from the session, while also giving his valuable creative input. In the short time that I’ve had my new shots, I’ve been called in to more auditions than ever and even gotten myself an agent. Highest recommendation!"
"I loved my shoot with Matt! He was laid back and made me feel very comfortable from the start. He was wonderful at finding great backgrounds and was able to capture the exact moment I was looking for. I had so many choices, in fact, I had a difficult time deciding which shot to use for my project and ended up putting all of my favorites on my web-site. I would definitely use Matt again!"
“I had a great time shooting with Matt. It was quick and relaxed and he gave me the direction I needed to have a great shot every time. I've had some bad experiences before, but Matt was easy and fun and I ended up with a large variety of shots thats expressed who I am. Thanks Matt!”
"Matt was professional, courteous and he delivered a wide range of fantastic headshots for me to use!"
ella, Make Up Artist
"Matt has really exceeded my expectations as a photographer, as a professional and as a person. I was pleasantly surprised with the results of the photoshoot. Beautiful work!"
"Matt was the first professional photograph to take my headshot. At first I was nervous, so nervous in fact that I took half of my wardrobe in a travel bag to have options during the photo-shoot. Yet Matt put me at ease immediately. He chose my outfits wisely, he gave me a few pointers for me to look my best, and he made me laugh throughout the session. Then Matt went above and beyond my expectations by spending much more time with me than planned during the photo-shoot, by responding quickly and efficiently to all of my e-mails, and by retouching one photo over and over again until it was perfect. Thank you, Matt, for this amazing experience."
"Matt took my maternity photos and I am thrilled with the way that they turned out! I couldn't wait to share them with family and friends. The shoot was fun and creative and I loved having my picture taken by Matt..... which is a BIG statement coming from me because I don't usually enjoy having my picture taken. I am so glad that I trusted Matt to capture this special time in my life. I can't wait to have him take pictures of my baby!"
"We will forever treasure the beautiful images that Matt took of our brand new family. In the hectic days after we brought home our twin boys, Matt was able to create a serene atmosphere where we were able to take a moment to just enjoy our new additions, and I think that his expert eye captured this perfectly. Matt is a true artist and he made us feel completely comfortable in front of the camera."
Marla + Melanie
"My wife and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Matt Simpkins Photography. His eye for detail is exquisite. His photos integrate his amazing skill while showcasing our personal style. Our wedding was truly one of the best days of our lives and that love, romance, and happiness is now forever captured in our beautiful photos. Thank you Matt!"
Billy & Peyton
"We booked Matt for our engagement photos because we loved his portfolio of work. My husband is a photographer himself so he had specifically high standards which Matt exceeded in all areas. He made us feel so comfortable and produced such wonderful engagement shots that we immediately booked Matt for our wedding ceremony. I can't imagine having anyone else doing our wedding photos. He not only gave us a wide variety of shots but captured all the treasured moments that we'd want memorialized forever. We cannot recommend him highly enough. He's an exceedingly kind and generous person who will only add to your special day & give you photos you'll cherish for a lifetime!"
Chrissy + Garrett
"I highly recommend hiring Matt Simpkins as your photographer for your wedding day. Matt was extremely professional and receptive during the pre-wedding planning phase all the way through to the delivery of the final product. Matt responded to all emails/phone calls promptly. On our wedding day, he made me (and the rest of the bridal party) feel comfortable and at ease as he took photos. He went about his work in a seamless and unobtrusive way. During more formal photos, Matt provided great direction in a quick manner that allowed us to maximize our photo session time in between wedding day events. The finished photos were delivered to us in less than two weeks time as promised. I cannot begin to choose my favorite pictures, as they are all amazing. Matt truly captured the energy and essence of our wedding day. Once again, I highly recommend Matt Simpkins as your photographer on your wedding day."
Marisa + Michael
"Matt was incredible to work with from day 1. We all live in NYC and he did our engagement photos, which gave us a sneak peak into his style, clever wit and eye for those perfect shots. I didn't think it was possible but our wedding photos were even better than our engagement shots. He captured the day in such a personal, creative, beautiful, and intuitive way. He is a true artist and has a wonderful gift. He had a second shooter and somehow you barely knew they were there but still managed to get incredible photos of the entire day. He was more reasonably priced, including transportation, than all of the photographers we researched in CT that were close to his caliber. He's gets back to you with answers to questions very quickly and we had our wedding photos 2 weeks after the wedding. If I could give him 10 stars I would!"
Alessia + Jay
"Matt shot our engagement photos and our wedding. He has such a great energy and made us feel very comfortable right off the bat. He was willing to work with some of our ideas and brought his own style into the mix. We love all of our photos, they came out better than we could have ever imagined and our friends and family have told us how impressed they are with the photos. Beautiful and casually classic without the standard wedding photo cheesiness. We would highly recommend that you shoot both the engagement and wedding photos with Matt, that way you are both familiar with each other and you will look more at ease and comfortable on your big day."
Tabitha + Michael
"My husband and I could not be more impressed and satisfied with Matt Simpkins Photography for our special day! Matt and Daryl are true professionals with impeccable style. They can take one look at a space, and know exactly what to do with it. They brought out the absolute best in us and in our bridal party. We had a BLAST working with them throughout the day, and they kept us comfortable and happy at all times. We highly recommend them for any occasion, not just a wedding. You will not be disappointed!"
Kate + Michael
"A heartfelt thank you to Matt Simpkins Photography. The pictures are just absolutely incredible. Some of our friends have said they are the best wedding pictures they have ever seen! Our day was incredibly raining which meant a little improv in picture location and less time to finish the photo shoot. None of these obstacles kept you from getting the most amazing photos...you are the ultimate professional with an amazing eye and a talent for timing! Our photos are a dream come true and you made it happen. I am so beyond impressed and elated with the final product. Thank you!!!!!!!!"
tricia + Sean
"Working with Matt was a breeze. He did a wonderful job of capturing the natural beauty of our venue. On the day of our wedding, he was always available, but unobtrusive. Easy to communicate with, friendly and professional. Matt gave us beautiful shots to help us remember our special day!"
daryl + kyle
"We were so grateful for you every step of the way. You were such an integral part of our Sedona wedding from the start. Thank you for talking about timing, lighting, and being honest with us about what was important the day of right from the get go. You were truly a part of our festivities and friends in the best way possible! Every moment you captured is magical. Every detail, every flower, every rock and shoe. Each image tells a story and side by side, they create the best book of our lives. I could go on and on, but the pictures say it all."
Steve + Rob
"Matt was very professional, and pricing was competitive with some of the larger companies. Matt is very creative and had fun ideas for some of the posed photos. Matt also has a unique style that captured the spirit of the wedding in candid photos. He was very accommodating in all requests. The photos were provided quickly, and we couldn't be happier. Highly recommended!"
Heather + Ian
"After a great experience with our engagement photos, there was no doubt that we wanted Matt to photograph our wedding. He made capturing our wedding so much fun and put even the most camera-shy members of our wedding party at ease. We couldn't be happier with our photos. They are creative and beautiful, true works of art. He has a great eye and really captured the natural setting of our destination wedding. We received so many compliments on our photos (including one friend who wishes he had known Matt before HIS wedding). Matt is knowledgeable about all aspects of a wedding, not just the photography, and he was a huge help throughout the day. He had our entire wedding album edited and posted on his site for us and our parents even before we were back from our honeymoon. He surprised us with so many amazing shots we didn't even know he was taking. Working with Matt is the best decision we could have made. I highly recommend him to any couple."
jenny + Brian
"When we were planning our wedding, one of the biggest priorities was getting the right photographer. As cliche as it sounds, pictures are worth a thousands words and we knew they would be the lasting memories of our special day. After we met with Matt, there was no question in our minds that he would be the perfect person for the job. Prior to the wedding, he was unbelievable about checking in with me to make sure we were on the same page, but more importantly, his greatest concern for the day was making sure that my wife got every shot that she wanted.
I knew he was going to be incredible. But yet he still managed to blow every expectation we had out of the water. Completely unobtrusive, Matt managed to capture every special moment from many different angles without us even noticing he was there. Matt was sensitive to each private moment, toast, speech, kiss, etc., somehow managing to respect the moment but capture it beautifully.
He moved through the big family photos with ease and efficiency, sending them swiftly to the cocktail hour. But Matt's true gift to us, having just been married, was the time he spent with just the two of us post ceremony. Less than a week after we were married, we had hundreds and hundreds of shots to look through and choose from. To say that we were satisfied doesn't even come close. We will forever have difficulty settling on even 10 favorite photos, let alone one.
If you are considering using a professional photographer for whatever your special day might be, I can't recommend Matt enough. We have received dozens upon dozens of e-mails from family members praising his photography as the best wedding photos they've ever seen. Beyond Matt's talent, he is also a genuinely wonderful human being, who takes great care and sensitivity in capturing your day to its fullest."
Lili + Ryan
"We were planning a wedding on a budget. That meant compromising on everything... but Matt was, without a doubt, the best value of our entire wedding - and well worth every penny! Matt has such an artistic and unique eye, that was apparent from his portfolio. But what was such a wonderful surprise the day of, was how seamless his process was. He didn't miss a beat and was always one step ahead. His energy was so easy and comfortable that he fit into the day perfectly. I love his spontaneity and his creativity using his surroundings to their fullest potential and capturing the most precise moments so naturally. Looking back on the pictures, as I do almost every day, I realize that he had the ability to capture so many moments that I wasn't even aware of on the day itself. He was able to shoot EVERYTHING and MORE! Having had our wedding at home, some of my favorite photos are of the house. He was able to see and communicate it in a new light, perfect for remembering my wedding day. It looks more beautiful than I have ever seen it and is represented exactly the way that I FEEL about it. He truly is able to fill his shots with the emotions that are present, and that, in my opinion, is what makes for an exceptionally talented photographer. We are so lucky he was a part of our special day, and, thanks to him, will remember it perfectly."
Stacie + Denny
"When I got engaged, we had to plan our military wedding very quickly to avoid deployments. Finding a venue, the dress, a dj, a florist, and a photographer are all very stressful things to do... or so I thought. I am fortunate enough to say that finding the photographer was the easiest decision for me for me to make. If you have seen Matt's wedding pictures on his web page, then you have seen the quality of his work. But that's not all that is wonderful about his services. Matt kept me and my bridal party moving at a quick pace so that we could enjoy our photo session, yet not feel like we were missing out on our own wedding. My bridal party had said numerous times that they had never had so much fun taking pictures for a wedding before! And I agree. My husband and I had tons of fun taking pictures with Matt and it shows. No need to worry about feeling like your smile is fading after taking a million staged photos, because that wont happen. Matt comes to your wedding with ideas already in his head of the best shots for you and your particular wedding. Matt's photos are original and just absolutely fabulous! I can honestly say that there is not a single bad picture in the bunch! I am so very thankful that I chose Matt Simpkins to be our photographer for a day that I am going to remember forever! Thanks Matt!"
truc + Austin
"Matt did a fantastic job with our engagement photos. He handled the session efficiently. He directed us with confidence and he scouted out great backdrops as we went along. I think what surprised me the most was how much fun I had during the shoots and how surprised I to discover how many great shots he got in such a short period of time!"
Danielle + Robbie
"Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. We fell in love with his photos from other weddings because they were unique, and seemed to fit to the couple's personal style. When we met him, we knew he was the right choice for us. Matt is incredibly organized, efficient and fun. On the day of our wedding, Matt was there to capture all of the moments we could have hoped to have photographed, and more. He fit right in with our friends and family and instantly made everyone comfortable. Very soon after our wedding, Matt sent us our photos and we were completely floored. They are inventive, beautiful, and feel like us. We are so happy to have chosen Matt to document our awesome day."
Kristen + Brandon
"Matt was a recommendation to us by a friend when we were on the search for our wedding photographer...and when we met him it was a perfect fit and his style of photography was exactly what we were looking for. He captured every moment that we wanted with our family and friends throughout the day and all the while keeping us at ease. He was open to pour ideas and what we loved most was the unexpected, real moments that only a photographer like Matt could capture. We are forever grateful to him and because of his photography, we will remember the best day of our lives exactly as it was."
Amanda + Kevin
"We couldn't have asked for a better experience! Matt photographed our wedding and was there from the beginning to the end of our special day documenting every moment for us. His pictures are fantastic, they turned out better than we could have hoped and we are thrilled by the lasting memories he captured on film. He was organized, professional, totally understood what we were looking for in various shots, and was a joy to work with."
Sarah + Matt
"Matt was an absolute star at the wedding. Incredibly professional, charming, and efficient throughout the entire day! He organized us all, and with a very limited time at the church for photos, he managed to fit everyone in. The photos of the wedding party are beautiful, creative, dynamic, and playful! All of our friends have commented on how much they love them, and a number of couples have asked for his information. Matt was a perfect reception photographer, always in the background, but there every time he was needed. He caught every precious moment, and we really couldn't be happier with our photos. We will definitely be recommending Matt to all of our friends and family in the future!"
Katie + Joe
"Having Matt as our wedding photographer was the best investment we made in our wedding day. We are both over the moon about our pictures! What is so crazy after seeing our pictures is that aside from the more traditional shots where he was setting up the aesthetic, it's like he slipped in and out without us realizing it and was in 20 places at once, capturing the most authentic and special moments we remember from our day. He has an easy, reassuring, and effortless way about him that helped our day keep flowing positively and mixed so well with our wedding party of 12. He was also so open to some quirky shots I wanted to try and then added his thoughts to make them even more perfect to fit us as a couple. I can't say enough about his eye for angles, suggestions for shots, and his talent to take what I saw before as some of the more mediocre backdrops we had to work with, and transform them into something I didn't think was possible. If you want to put your pictures in the hands of a true professional artist, use Matt. We are so lucky we did."
Sandi + Jason
"Having our engagement pictures taken by Matt was just an incredible experience! Matt has the incredible ability to make everyone he works with feel comfortable, at ease and look totally natural when he points the camera at them... this is really rare! We didn't want just another photo of the two of us smiling at the camera, we wanted someone to capture the way we feel, right now, and the excitement and anticipation that we feel since getting engaged... and he did that! We couldn't be happier or more grateful to him for the beautiful job he did and for making the day so much fun! We so highly recommend that every newly engaged couple have a photo shoot with Matt... you won't regret it! His pictures will make you smile for years and years to come! Thanks Matt!"
molly + Greg
"Matt Simpkins has a special eye for the best shot. Be it the lighting, the camera angle, the colors, etc, Matt knows how to get the cool shot that will wow you and your friends. Matt provided us professional wedding photos at half the price of what we expected to pay. I'm recommending him to all my friends who are engaged. You did a hell of a job my brutha!"
Basia + Josh
"Matt did an amazing job as our wedding photographer! He was very attentive, detailed and thorough in making sure that we got all of the photographs that we needed. It was simply a pleasure to work with him. We have been receiving compliments from all of our friends, family and loved ones concerning the amazing quality of our wedding photos. He captured all of the great moments of our wedding and really brought them to life. His work speaks for itself! I would recommend him to anyone in need of a professional wedding photographer."
Becca + Alex
"Matt was so fun and easy to work with! He was open to our ideas and also came with lots of ideas of his own, making it feel like a true collaborative effort. His feedback during the shoot was incredibly helpful and he made sure that we looked amazing the whole time- and on the way home we couldn't stop talking about how much fun we had! Our friends and family all LOVE our pictures, and so do we. If you're in the market for engagement photos, shooting with Matt is a no-brainer; and even if you're not, it's a super fun way to spend an afternoon!"
Tara + Ray
"We couldn't be more pleased with our experience and the photographs we received after our engagement session. Matt was a total professional and made both of us feel so at ease. We loved the photos so much, we had one made into a canvas and it is hanging on our bedroom wall. People continually compliment the pictures."