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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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The walk out. The whole thing was over before the sun came up. #turkeyhunting #wildturkey #gobbler #federalpremium #minnesota #youthhunter
Triple Gobble (for the horses) these three were putting on quite a show in this horse pasture this morning. The horses were trotting all over and the goblelers were reacting! It is so fun to watch all of the different interactions and personalities of these birds. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors #tetrahearing #horses #pasture
Competition. It’s the time of year that the boys are strutting their stuff. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf
What? #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors #tetrahearing
Sunshine! It makes it a full strut, wing drag kinda day. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors #tetrahearing
More murky weather-related turkey content. It’s been kind of a “half strut” sorta spring. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors
Alaska Weather. I am growing weary of the “spring” weather here in Minnesota. It brings me back to this rainy, cold day in Alaska with a great big, wet bear.
Snoody Silhouette. “If you could just look to your right…perfect.” Finally got some good morning light and a cooperative gobbler. I loved the perfect walk away backlight shot until he turned his head to perfectly show the silhouette. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors #tetrahearing
Stand up comedy or pleading his case? One of the most enjoyable things about shooting wildlife photos is seeing the natural behaviors unfold in front of the camera. And like all photos, there’s usually a pretty good accompanying story. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #outdoorphotographer #nwtf
The Osceola. Similar in most genetic ways to the Easterns that are around my parts. Exceptions are: In MN, we wear layers of clothes, early season snow camo and don’t need a @thermacell. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #oaceola #florida #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #osceolaoutdoors
Showtime. You can make your own story up for this one. These three young gobblers followed this hen around for a good half hour trying to put on a good show. She wasn’t interested. 😂 #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors
Grateful for the summer cover for @pheasants_forever Editor Tom Carpenter is always so eloquent with his writing: There is something about a silhouette as opposed to a full-on, common-exposure photograph of the subjects. This is especially the case when it comes to hunters and their bird dogs: One can put themselves and their own partner in the scene and know it, feel it, want it, be it. Such is the case with Matt Addington’s magical shot of hunter and dog and communion on the South Dakota prairie with a setting sun about to bust out from behind clouds. There’s still time, my friend. Neither you nor I will last forever. But now may. Let’s go!
Turkey Profile #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf #nomadoutdoors
Holler back. #nwtf #wildanimals #turkeyhunting #nature #outdoors #igscwildlife #exclusive_wildlife #merriams #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter #shotoncanon #gobble
#wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #nwtf
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