matthew thomas media
From the time I was 6 years old and my parents let me play around with an old Bell & Howell Super 8 movie camera, a passion for capturing moving images has had a place in my heart.
I always loved looking through my grandparents’ old photo albums - seeing generations of my family frozen in time during the special events that shaped their lives was fascinating and made me feel connected to people that I had never met. But that connection was always made so much more powerful at family parties - when my parents would set up an antique projector and play the 8mm home movies from their childhood.
The room would go dark, the projector wheels would whir and the past would come alive in an amazing blend of color, light, and motion. Instead of gazing at snapshots, I felt as though I was there with my family decades ago - dancing at weddings, swimming at the beach, or watching my grandfather and his brothers practice their golf swings.
Camera technology has improved dramatically since then, encouraging my passion for capturing beautiful moments – in stunning detail – with creativity and artistry. Each wedding that I film and each video I produce reflect my commitment to capturing each couple’s unique and beautiful story as their wedding day unfolds. Knowing that one of my wedding videos could be playing at a family gathering 50 years from now – that a group of children could witness their grandparents’ young love on display as they dance, laugh and hold one another – always makes me smile.
When I am not filming weddings, I find both exhilaration and tranquility in the outdoors – mountain biking, camping, kayaking, and hiking in state and national parks. When the snow starts to fall, I devote my free time to rehab projects in old houses and vintage camping trailers, satisfying my need for hands-on carpentry and woodworking – much to the delight of my family and friends. I strive to be a life-long learner, and will always seek out new skills to develop, adventures to experience, and stories to tell.