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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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Silhouetted Whitetail Against Mountain Backdrop. How’s that for a descriptive title? It’s almost as though you know exactly what the photo is of! #whitetaildeer #buck #deer #whitetail #biggame #western #mountains #antlers #outdoorphotographer #silhouette #sunset #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
A Great Day in the Field. #upland #pheasant #pointer #huntingdog #fall #hunting #birdhunt #ringneck #outdoorphotographer #shotgun #gundog #pheasantsforever #habitat
“They’re Everywhere!” That’s what we heard over and over from the locals about the moose. And it’s probably true...until they’re not! But thankfully @johnhafnerphoto photo and I made connections with @michaelmaurophoto and @moosemanphotos for some intel. Grateful for those guys and their experience in the field so we could get cameras pointed in the right direction. . . #alaskanmoose #moose #Alaska #wildlife #fall #mountains #antlers #canon #canonphotographer #wildlifephotographer #moosephotography
Bears. Rain. Fog. Mountains. It doesn’t get much more Alaska than that!! . . #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #alaska #canonphotography #canoneosr5
When @johnhafnerphoto and I arranged this trip to chase moose around in Alaska, I had a bucket list of shots in my mind. Over the course of a few days, we met great people, saw amazing places, breathed crisp air and fortunately checked off about everything I could have dreamed in the way of moose photos. We hiked through snow, timber and tundra in a variety of great light. And also got some cool shots of other critters you’ll surely be introduced to soon! 🐻 . . #alaskanmoose #moose #Alaska #wildlife #fall #mountains #antlers #canon #canonphotographer #wildlifephotographer #moosephotography
Hey There, Alaska. We’ll Alaska certainly has not disappointed. This will be one of many that’ll probably roll through the IG feed. What a wild, big, amazing, beautiful place. I’m in awe every time I’m here. And really cool to experience it this time of year for the first time. Check out my story for the rundown on an incredible encounter with a bull the locals call, “Grumpy”. Thanks to @moosemanphotos for so much of his story and letting us tag along. . . #alaskanmoose #moose #Alaska #wildlife #fall #mountains #antlers #canon #canonphotographer #wildlifephotographer #moosephotography
Hoping the sun shines on your face this week! “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84:11‬ #elk #wapiti #biggame #western #mountains #elkrut #colorado #bullelk #antlers #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
Alpenglow. Those @visitutah sunrises and sunsets were something to behold. #biggame #western #mountains #utah #westernlandsoutfitters #federalpremium #moosehunt #landscape #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
Morning Stroll. I love perfect light and get quite giddy when I see the right stuff coming together. Pair that with shooting with a good buddy for a brand that I love and it truly all comes together. #bowhunting #fall #outdoorphotographer #backcountry #hunting #wildplaces #kuiunation #sunrise #canonphotographer #valo #whitetail #deer
Looking at a busy week. Coming back from one trip and packing for another still leaves a little time to enjoy simple things amidst catch up and preparation. It’s a blessing to have this time at home with the people I love most during the best season of the year.
Great Stories, Good Friends. There’s something so magical about a hunt camp. Sometimes it’s a small group of close friends and/or family who’ve shared lifetimes together. Other times, it’s the confluence of folks from all over the world and every walk of life who come together and fellowship like they’ve spent many days together. Both are special in their own way. This week was the latter at @westernlandsoutfitters in Utah. A bunch of great dudes who came together and shared camp filled with tales from both the days hunt and hunts of long ago. Some tales taller than others. But all good, with lots of laughs, good food, good wine and bourbon. All in preparation for the next great adventure, which is often before dawn the next morning. I look forward the next time our paths cross and we share campfire stories. #outdoorphotographer #shirasmoose #elkcamp #huntingcamp #campfire #westernlandsoutfitters #ensignranch
Staredown. It’s been an awesome time thus far chasing the Shiras moose around the gorgeous Utah mountains. Though still standing over 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 1200 pounds, the Shiras is the smallest of the three North American moose species. The Canadian Moose is second and the largest being the Alaskan Yukon moose whose antlers can span more than 70” wide. #shirasmoose #moose #utah #wildlife #fall #mountains #antlers #canon #canonphotographer #wildlifephotographer #moosephotography
End of a Good Day. #horses #horseback #cowgirl #sunset #rider #horseriding #westernstyle #silhouette #equine #canonphotographer #canoneosr5
Listen up!! #elk #wapiti #biggame #western #mountains #elkrut #colorado #bullelk #antlers #wildlife #wildlifephotographer #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
So grateful for great stories and new friends in the mountains this week. I’m excited to share many of them with you. For now, unpack bags and repack bags. #cattle #angus #walterangus #mountains #rockymountains #ranchlife #rancher #agphotographer #agriculture #canonshooter #canoneosr5 #horseback
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