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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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Color Coordinated. @mathewsinc VXR 31.5 got it done today. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #hunter #iamhunter
Frosted Tips. well, not really. It’s actually called beard rot and shows up on male turkeys that have a vitamin deficiency in their diet. That deficiency causes this rust colored ring and the beard tips become brittle and break off. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer
Some of the time I can’t remember if I’m looking for turkeys or morel mushrooms...I just love spring in the woods.
Sometimes I shoot beautiful people not wearing camouflage. This year has been a great one developing relationships with brands in the lifestyle space. And I’m lucky to have a model that fits the profile (and I think she likes me 😉)
Back to the ride. It’s been a lot of early mornings chasing gobblers that seem to know how to stay just out of range or choose to congregate on the opposite ridge off the roost. With beautiful, golden mornings like this, we’ll certainly stay after it. #youthhunting #family
Super excited about a new client. The contract negotiations were similar to Kramer in Seinfeld: “We’re prepared to offer you free coffee for life and...” “WE’LL TAKE IT! “ #coffee #coffeemania #espresso #coffeelover #darkroast #mylatte
I know it’s turkey season, but I think about elk EVERY DAY. And not drawing my MT tag this year has me scrambling for a Plan B come September. . . #wapiti #biggame #western #mountains #elkhunt #antlers #fall #mountains #wildlifephotography #nature #wildlifephotographer #montana #bullelk #antlers #outdoorphotographer #elk
Gonna get a little stretch in this fine Monday! . . #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #spreadyourwings #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer#wildturkey #merriams @official_nwtf
Moooooo-dy Morning. . . . . #agphotographer #animallovers #animalpolis #animalsofinstagram #igscwildlife #pasture #exclusive_animals #cow #farmphotography #cows #awesomeglobe #HypeBeast #ig_mood #discoverportrait #portraitphotography #profile_vision #bleachmyfilm #postmoreportraits #portraitpage #igpodium_portraits #canoneosr5 #canonshooter
Chores. I’m amazed at how hard she works everyday. (And then I’m just sitting there with a couple cameras) . . . . #agphotographer #animallovers #animalpolis #animalsofinstagram #igscwildlife #pasture #exclusive_animals #cow #farmphotography #cows #awesomeglobe #HypeBeast #ig_mood #profile_vision #performancelivestockanalytics #angus #cattle #beef #chores #farmwife
This guys put the smack down on a challenging gobbler yesterday. Rightfully so, today he’s strutting around with his chest puffed out. #wildlife #turkey #gobbler #strutter #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer
Close for a few more days. Next week these gobblers will get a LOT smarter and more wary. For the time being, keep posing for me!!
The Tomb Was Empty. Like 24:6
Get In Line. I got out there this morning at sunrise for breakfast with the big kids. . . . . #agphotographer #animallovers #animalpolis #animalsofinstagram #igscwildlife #pasture #exclusive_animals #cow #farmphotography #cows #awesomeglobe #HypeBeast #ig_mood #profile_vision #performancelivestockanalytics #angus #cattle #beef
Eye Tracking. I must say that the animal eye tracking on the @canonusa EOS R5 autofocus system is pretty insane. 1/125th sec f6.3 ISO 1250 500mm Tamron SP 150-600 f5-6.3 Di . . . . . #outdoorphotographer #thisismyMN #onlyinMN #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 #eagle #baldeagle
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