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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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Focus. . . . . #outdoorphotographer #birdsofinstagram #animalsmood #kings_birds #birdwatching #bestbirdshots #birdstagram #birding #instabirds #your_best_birds #wildlife_seekers #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #igscwildlife #animales #exclusive_animals #wildlifephoto #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifephotography #animalworld #canonEosr5 #raptor
Giddy Up. Had an incredible sunset hilltop setting to shoot recently. And Ella and Tanto just kept galloping back and forth for me!! #horses #horseback #gallup #cowgirl #sunset #rider #horseriding #westernstyle
Never Forget. I know I’ve shared this photo before, but looking back on my career, still one of my most powerful, meaningful photos. I got this shot at the 9/11 Memorial at The Pentagon in 2015. Major General Robert Dyess had just shared a short part of his story with our private group. I caught him in a personal moment of reflection, and gratitude for a brief time before leaving and was able to capture this shot. With all the emotion of that night, his story and the weight of that place, it will forever be one of my favorite photos. And on this 20th anniversary of that fateful day, it carries even more meaning.
So glad to hear that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has opened back up. There has been extreme fire danger which caused the closure of the entire BWCAW. This was the first time that there was a full closure since 1976. Perfect timing too…fall is one of the best times to visit this incredible place.
Good luck to all my friends sending locate bugles down the ridge as the sun comes up in the mountains on this elk opener. Save me a spot in camp 📸
September, you could not have come soon enough. #elk #wapiti #biggame #western #mountains #elkhunt #montana #bullelk #antlers #outdoorphotographer #silhouette #sunrise #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
On the Ridge. A herd of bison graze on the ridge in Montana’s Mission Mountains at first light. #biggame #western #mountains #montana #bison #bulls #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
Still captured by the beauty of this deer. Hope to get another opportunity to photograph him as he sheds velvet and blows up in the rut later this fall with @johnhafnerphoto #whitetail #deer #wildlife #antlers #velvet #wildlifephotographer #canoneosR5
I wish I could go back and experience the west when the bison herds thundered across the American landscape. At the height of their existence In the early 1800s there were an estimated 50-60million head in the US. Through massive slaughter, drought and disease, though mostly through thoughtless and selfish hunting, numbers plummeted to dangerously low sustainability levels. Today it’s just really cool to see them.
Soon. This bull elk is just starting to shed his antler velvet as he take a cool, early morning stroll along the river bank in Montana. Within weeks, those sharp, hard-horned antlers will be posturing for any other bulls in the neighborhood trying to steal the ladies away. #wapiti #elk #bullelk #elkrut #rut #elkseason #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_photography #wildlife_shots #wildlife_inspired #wildlife_captures #wildlife_supreme #wildlife_aroundworld #outdoorphotographer #nature_obsession #nature_pics #nature_photography
Literally had about 20 seconds to rip off as many frames as possible on this good looking buck. Fortunate he stood still in some nice light! #whitetail #deer #wildlife #antlers #velvet #wildlifephotographer #canoneosR5
For His mercies never fail. They are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
I See You. With 325”+ of antler atop your skull it’s hard to hide in the bushes. My favorite critters in the west are just starting to shed their summer velvet which means soon enough bugles will be ringing out in the mountains. #wapiti #biggame #western #mountains #elkhunt #montana #bullelk #antlers #velvet #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
Chuck It. #fishing #fisherman #muskiefishing #wisconsinlife #outdoorphotographer #fishingphotographer #canoneosr5
Always looking down range. I’ve been very fortunate to work alongside some great people and great brands. @federalpremium is absolutely at the top of the list. Based in my homestate of MN, it’s a bunch of really good people that are constantly pushing the envelope of technology while balancing with tradition. I’m grateful that they’ve trusted me with some of their work. (And they’re a ton of fun to hang with) #ammunition #gunowner #2a #pewpew #gunrange #commercialphotographer
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