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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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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
Late Ice. We had a great day shooting on the ice in northern Minnesota. In the several days of shooting for @marcumtechnologies, we have had a wide variety of weather and sky conditions. I love this because it offers such a great variety of vibe to the photo set for the year. It will ultimately give the client lots of options moving forward. Though I was exhausted after a long drive home, cleaning fish after midnight gave me a little time to reflect on how lucky I am to do what I do.
Really had an awesome time shooting material,connecting with old friends and making new connections at the 2021 Shooting Sports Showcase in Talledega, AL. It was a great event put on by @poma_hq and @seopa_outdoors One of my favorite conversations was with the good folks from @taylorsfirearms. They make an amazing line of classic guns with modern day shooters in mind. The one that caught my eye was a replica of my families 1892 Winchester. A lever action classic with which I was the sixth generation to shoot a deer when I was a young hunter. I’m planning on my son being generation #7 in the coming years. Stay tuned for that story.
Finishing up my chat with @adam_bannister_wildlife this morning for @thousandwordsshow has me longing for some Maasai Mara sunrises. Our conversation was cut off a week or so ago when lightning struck his tent camp in Kenya. Stay tuned as well have a really great episode to share talking about photography, @angamasafari and the magic of Africa. You can find this series from link in bio.
Is It September Yet? Am I the only one who can’t stop thinking about elk bugling on the next ridge?
Heading Home. These great days on the hard water are running out.
Toadstool Hoodoos. This area is truly a geological marvel in the southern Utah area. God had some amazing things in mind as He shaped these sculptures. Im grateful we had the opportunity to hike in to find them. #landscape #outdoorphotographer #instapassport #visitUtah #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #theglobewanderer #forahappymoment #exploringtheglobe #naturephoto #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #nature_wizards #gottalove_a_ #allnatureshots
Set the Hook. @btollefsonfishing hooks into early morning panfish on a Wisconsin lake.
Early Starts. Getting on the ice early for good light and good fishing. Shooting for a number of my favorite clients again today.
Warm Light. We had such an amazing time exploring Utah and northern Arizona. #landscape #outdoorphotographer #visitarizona #instapassport #visitUtah #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #theglobewanderer #forahappymoment #exploringtheglobe #naturephoto #main_vision #landscape_captures #awesome_earthpix #natureaddict #rsa_rural #awesomeearth #nature_wizards #gottalove_a_ #allnatureshots
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