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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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Standing Tall in the Maples. Two questions I often get asked about @sitkagear: 1) What’s your favorite piece? 2) Does the whitetail system pattern conceal well in the early season in the Midwest whitetail woods?1) My favorite piece is the Stratus jacket. I wear it pretty much from early season all the way until the bitter cold of late season when I switch to Fanatic. It’s super quiet and with @goretexhuntfishgear Windstopper it pretty much knocks down anything Mother Nature throws at you. 2) I think this photo shows that even amongst the most amazing fall colors (my favorite time of year), it hides your profile well. Especially against the brown patterns of the perfect tree trunk.
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Good morning from The Addington Ranch!
#Harvest2019Finally some sunshine, warm and wind so that farmers can get back out and crank away. It’s been a wet, frustrating fall for many thus far. #soybeans #farming #agriculture #combine #harvest #agphotographer
Bowhunting in Farm Country
North Carolina Sunrise.
Shared from over @yettioutdoors
Pure Joy. Family photos for US actually. And this pretty much sums up my daughter Emerson perfectly.
Maybe the best day of the year. Celebrating 17 amazing years with the love of my life. And for 11 of those we’ve been blessed with this carefree, kindhearted daughter. Happy anniversary @sognvalleymom and happy birthday, Emerson. I couldn’t be more grateful.
Gone Fishin. Thinking back to how quiet that day was in the Boundary Waters. Just listening to the breeze blow through the tall pines, the smoky smell of a smoldering campfire and watching Cameron hike up and down the rocky shoreline tempting some pike and bass with a silver spoon.
Happy #publiclandsday We are so blessed to have the right to experience Gods amazing creation in so many places in the country. We must defend this right and our ownership of these wild places. • • #knowwhereyoustand #onXHunt #publiclandowner #backcountry #bowhunter #elk #bluesky #bigsky
Happy Place.With the impending winter storms in Montana, my plans changed. Though I wish I were chasing elk for a few more days in the mountains, this is one of the places that fills me up most. Looking forward to more of these days as the soybeans turn from green to yellow to brown and will soon be gobbled up by the combine. There’s already that smell of fall in the woods as leaves are just starting to turn and leafy brush is beginning to wither. My favorite time of year.
Ropers. I’ve been so captivated lately with the real life images of the cowboys I got to cross paths with in Montana. Such a genuine group of guys.
Magic Mountain Light. This was one of those quick snapshot moments on our way up the mountain towards a bugle. It had been kind of drizzling off and on during the climb, but the sun broke through some still ominous clouds and rain sprinkles for a brief moment. • #archeryelk #bigsky #montana #wapiti #bowhunt #elk #elkhunting
Blue Sky Bugles. #archeryelk #bigsky #montana #wapiti #bowhunt #elk
Cowboyin There were just so many authentic elements that came together in this photograph. I would have loved to tag along and shoot a thousand more frames on this drizzly day. But in respect to the real work being done I shot a couple and stayed out of the way. #montana #bigsky #ranch #cowboy #cattle #cattledrive #mountains #realwest #406