Matt Haas Photography is made up of the soon-to-be husband and wife team Matt and Sarah. Thank you both for sitting down with us—and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Matt Haas Photography is a couple photography team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We also frequently work in Chicago, and travel for destination weddings nationally & internationally. We’re young, we honestly love what we’re doing, and I think our easy-going personalities along with our unique style is what couples love about us. Although we specialize in weddings, it’s not all we do. We are full time photographers, Matt works for a magazine, and we’re always producing artwork. This brings a unique style and approach to every wedding we photograph.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
Matt always had a passion for photography, but decided to go to school for Marketing instead. My plan was to pursue a career in dance, but after moving around for about 2 years trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I was career-confused. I never imagined that I would end up being a photographer, but it ended up being a shared passion. When we were first dating, I lived in an artist community building, and encouraged Matt to enter some of his photographs to be displayed during an art show. That was when we both began talking about the possibility of photography as a future career path. Although photography was not a part of my life until we met, we both had entrepreneurial personalities, and took the first step by putting an ad on Craigslist. Matt switched his major to Photography, and we dove into the wedding industry. I took over the business side of the company and also became the second photographer. We are both super motivated people and although it took awhile to book a wedding with no wedding portfolio, it eventually happened, and fueled us to keep going with the business. We were charging next to nothing, and a lot of our couples had to trust that we would produce amazing images, without having a huge portfolio. We were also very young when we started the business, and understandably, some people were skeptical about us. We are so thankful to every couple that entrusted us with the job of documenting their wedding, because once we had a few weddings in our portfolio, things really took off!
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
When couples have somewhat extensive getting ready photos taken where they’re just hanging out with friends and family, you can really capture some great candid moments, because they’re somewhat relaxed and not yet rushing, but nervous and excited. First looks are also amazing moments for candid photos, and when we get a chance to go out and take some photos with just the couple, they can just be themselves with us and we love that! Every single second of a wedding day can be an amazing photographic opportunity!
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Quite frequently, one of us will take the first photograph with the lens cap still on.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
One thing that we don’t do is make our clients pay for a meal. We are both vegetarians and don’t like our to force our couples to make special arrangements for us. That being said, we’ve had some really amazing grilled veggies and tons of varieties of potatoes! Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee also has amazing veggie crepes!
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
We’ve been lucky to get a chance to photograph in some amazing venues, but one that tops the list is Salvage One in Chicago. It’s a huge warehouse filled with vintage items and refurbished antiques, it’s really a photographers dream to shoot there. There’s also a rooftop that couples are able to take a freight elevator up to for photos, and a garden. It was one of our first weddings as a full time business, and is where we will be getting married in 2013!
7. Nikon or Canon?
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
On a road trip to Miami, we saw a ferris wheel, in the middle of mountains, by itself. I think an outdoor wedding amongst vintage carnival rides would be amazing. There are tons of amazing venues out there that we haven’t yet been to, we can’t wait to find out about more that we may not even know exist. Warehouse settings, barns with string-lighting, there are so many different types of venues that we love.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
We would’ve loved to photograph any of Marilyn Monroe’s weddings simply because they occurred during a time period that had a unique style and would’ve been amazing to photograph.
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Something you have to be able to do as a wedding photographer is to be able to adapt to any situation and last minute changes. Most importantly, you can’t try to mimic other photographers styles, you have to figure out your own and go with it. It took us a couple of years to really understand what our style is and what we can offer our clients that is different from so many other photographers.