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About Matt

Growing up in Minnesota has provided no shortage of inspiration for artist Matt Addington.  From the glass-like waters of the north to the rolling wooded hills of his farm south in the Sogn Valley, Matt has created magnificent landscapes and captured images of the wildlife and lifestyle abundant in his home state.  And he’s spent his life capturing images for industry clients; hunting, fishing, and seeking adventure all around the world from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to the rugged western Rocky Mountains to wild savannah of equatorial Africa to the wide open prairies of Middle America.

Matt has paddled the canoe, traversed the ridge, and sat quietly in tree stands.  He has summited over twenty five 14,000 foot peaks and guided folks through the mountains of southern Colorado and untouched waters in northern Minnesota and Canada.  He gets it…and this translates into his images.  There is nothing false about this work.  The authenticity of his passion for the outdoors is apparent in every click of the shutter.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in art from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and his Master’s Degree from Winona State University. In addition to his passion for shooting in the outdoors industry, he is an educator and award winning portrait & wedding photographer where he incorporates his gift for outdoor imagery into the photos he creates.

Though Matt’s traveled the world with his cameras, he lives with his wife and three children on a farm overlooking Sogn Valley south of Cannon Falls, MN where he spends much time hunting whitetails, turkeys and morel mushrooms as well as making maple syrup.

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Namibia Lights.
Forever Valentine ❤️
Dedication. #OutWorkThemAll #workwear #carhartt #farmer #rancher #cattle #ag #agphotographer #winter #rugged
Dear Winter...you just keep outdoing your pretty!
Cold Weather Concealment. The @sitkagear Fanatic system is my absolute late-season go to. And being this concealed is the best way to view a photo of me! So proud of my son Cameron and his eye with the camera as he gets out to help me out occasionally. His interest and skill is something I hope we’ll continue to share.
Hazy Shade of Winter. . . . . . #outdoorphotographer #thisismyMN #onlyinMN #naturephoto #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #nature_wizards #gottalove_a_ #allnatureshots #instanaturelover #sunshine #early #instasky #skyporn #earlybird #mothernature #all_sunsets #skylovers #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #capturemn #igersminnesota #minnstagrammers #captureminneapolis #minnesotalife
Had a good poser for some test shots with a new off camera flash setup. Trying out the @godox_photo_equipment AD200. So far, I love its size, function and portability. Crazy silky portraits with @fujifilmx_us XT3 and 56mm 1.2 #mirroless #photographer #studiolighting #portrait #dog #minigoldendoodle #ocf #fujifilm
So thankful that companies and brands trust me with creating photos and video to help tell their story. But I’m equally if not more thankful for the relationships and friendships that are built along the way.
Dorsal Daggers. Walleyes can live up to 20 years and use their rigid dorsal fin for swimming and protection against predatory fish. It also draws blood from the fingers of proud fisherman while preparing to pose for a quick photo.
It was like two days inside a giant softbox shooting with @marcumtechnologies on Mille Lacs. It was a unique experience with the camera I’ve never had in all my years of doing this. There was no visible horizon so I had to position the anglers to create visual context for most shots. However, the flat light/snow made for some really abstract, artistic compositions. And we caught some great fish! #icefishing #hardwater #angling #minnesota #snow #outdoorsphotography #fishingphotography #walleye
Eye Contact. Not forgetting what it’s like to be on the ground in the wild within a stones throw... #safari #outdoorphotographer #africa #wild #rhino #aru #gritmedia #fujifilm #wildlifephotography #safariphotographer
Big Tusker. It’s like you’ve turned back the calendar thousands of years watching how methodically they saunter across the Mara.
Cold Evening Ski. The 20+ mph wind and brutal temps didn’t have us out for long, but got to see an awesome sunset with @sognvalleymom
Even this little bird appreciates the solitude and beauty of coffee and sunrise over the #masaimara @angamasafari Timelapse of this great morning in my story. Miss this place.
Stars to SunshineUsing @timelapseplus to capture the evolution of the night sky around home.