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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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Amidst the craziness of the current workload, I’m trying to get my fall plans locked in on the calendar. And I can’t wait for the sights and sounds of these guys! #elk #bull #western #mountains #biggame #antlers #elk101 #elkhunting #elkaddicts #elkassassins #bullelk #cowelk #bugle #wapiti #RMEF #huntinglife #gohunt #tinesup #elkseason #elkrut #elkhunter #canonphotographer #outdoorphotographer #wildlifephotography #canoneosr5
Looking forward to a couple days of chasing these guys. #walleye #statefish #fishing #angling #minnesota #outdoorphotographer #underwaterphotography #walleyefishing
Until next time, Montana. Though this week had a big hiccup with my eye (a couple extra flights and appts with surgeons), it was a great time with my colleagues @poma_hq at our annual conference in Kalispell. To glance out and see the Mission Mountains as a backdrop to every view made it easy with the camera too. As always, I’m so grateful for the relationships this organization has provided me over the years and this week was reconnecting with many old friends and forging new ones that I trust will last into the future.
Two worlds. I am totally digging this underwater photography thing. It’s been so fun to capture another side of the outdoors that we typically don’t get to see. Captured some great panfish recently while shooting for @stcroixrods #fishing #angling #minnesota #outdoorphotographer #underwaterphotography #bluegill #panfish #fishMN #onlyinmn #bestrodsonearth
Fresh views. It’s been a great time fishing the Great Lakes for salmon while shooting a great campaign. The weather has been great and the fishing action, fast. #fishing #angling #greatlakesfishing #dirtygoosesportfishing #outdoorphotographer #sunset #salmonfishing #kingsalmon
The Future. Not the biggest buck I’ve ever photographed, but so cool to spend some time laying in the grass and thinking about what this guy might become. #whitetaildeer #buck #fawn #baby #newborn #deer #whitetail #wildanimals #biggame #bigbuck #deerhunting #nature #outdoors #bigbucks #igscwildlife #exclusive_wildlife #babyanimals #wildlifephotography #outdoorphotographer #canoneosr5 #canonshooter #shotoncanon
Opening week wallleye. Yes, ice went out late in Minnesota opener this spring. And yes, I am in the water and yes, it’s cold. 49 to 50° to be exact on Mille Lacs Lake where we were shooting for @stcroixrods. I LOVE how this @ikelite underwater housing opens up a whole new world of creativity with the @canonusa EOS R5. #fishing #angling #minnesota #outdoorphotographer #underwaterphotography #walleyefishing
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
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