Protege of a 35 year Western Massachusetts photographer, Matt Norris has been making character-driven studio and location portraits since 2005. His fashion and commercial work have appeared in publication in Spectrum, and Renaissance Magazine's bridal issue along with numerous websites and hardbound compilations, and his sports team and senior portrait photography have appeared in more than four dozen high school and college yearbooks, including those of Emerson, Harvard, and Dartmouth, and most importantly, on the walls of an estimated twenty-two thousand homes, during his tenure as a senior photographer for McGrath Studios through 2008.
"My guiding vision is to make the intangible Visible, whether that's bringing the imagination of a child to life through special effects, or capturing the fleeting emotions that pass between a grandmother and granddaughter on her wedding day - the task is to create images of how a thing feels, of what it Means, rather than simply recording the way that it looks."
Studio sessions from $200, Wedding packages beginning at $2000
Family, Lifestyle, Fashion & Glamour, Studio, Wedding
Candid, Illustrative, Photojournalistic, Surreal, Whimsical
I have known Matt for years and years and never had an opportunity to do a photoshoot with him. Then it happened: a combination of perfect excuses, coupled with time off and BAM. Matt did a dual shoot for me. He took pictures that would serve as the image for the jacket of my novel as well as a fantastic array of costumed Hogwarts style poses. Not only did Matt scout the perfect place for each varying need, he was able to very easily go from capturing a more "serious" and professional image, to something completely fantasy. And every finished photo was a marvel to see. These are, without a doubt, my favorite pictures of myself. Ever. Matt demonstrated to me exactly why a good, high-quality photographer is leaps and bounds above just "getting your picture taken." It's the little things. Like adjusting wardrobe and fixing a hair that's out of place, for the absolute perfect composition. It's spending the diligence and time in post-production to deliver a quality of image that is far and away better than anything I ever hoped for. I was impressed with it all. From start to finish. If ever I need another shoot, Matt will be the one I call.
The day I got to see the photos from my photo shoot with Matt Norris I was compelled to say something. A thing no other words can describe, and that I suddenly realised had already been spoken to him by a half-giant man when he was probably a small child. The words every person with magic pounding in their blood knows to be true, yet often struggles to find a way to prove to the world. Yet Matt, in all his creative talent, not only shows his beaming inner light through his work, but most importantly enables it to shine out in all colours, all possibilities from his subjects and co-creators. “You're a Wizard, Matt.” That is the best way to describe my overall experience, and every detail of it. From the beginning of the photo shoot he made me feel at ease, when I usually stiffen up and am unsure of myself in front of cameras. We talked over our goals for the shoot – what kind of shots, what kind of moods, what elements of my character. This was for my main cosplay – a female Loki. Not only did he capture an amazing array of detail shots of my costume, but also got such unique and powerful poses that it enabled me to really get into the character and take on the persona and mindset much more than I am usually able. During the whole process he was 10 steps ahead, planning poses, easily explaining everything to me, moving the lights and setups in a blur, everything happening in what seemed like no time at all. He even agreed to meet with me late in the day, being extremely accommodating to my schedule, and worked with me for hours to make sure we got every shot we wanted until it felt complete. Afterward he had the raw images up for my viewing pleasure the very next day – and oh, how I freaked out when I saw them – better than I could have hoped for! The most difficult part of the process was narrowing down the list of photos to pick the special ones that I wanted him to do his photoshop magic with to make them even more fantastical. That definitely took the longest and was the most strenuous. But once that was done it has been amazing seeing each new masterpiece he creates. The raw images are astounding in themselves, but when he adds effects to them, the feelings and beauty of the pieces are enhanced so much so that I can't resist going back to just gaze at them. Seeing the images of myself as someone magical, caught in a faraway universe, staring into the stars, or lounging on a throne, is like finding a clear imprint from a dream. Extremely rare, beautiful, emotional, and surreal. Everything I could have wanted and more. While I continue to await my acceptance letter to a certain Wizarding school, I take comfort and joy in the fact that I have found one of the wizards here in our Muggle world who will share his gifts and gladly transport us to any world we can imagine. Thank you Matt! You are truly a Wizard!
Catherine Leavitt McDougal
Let me start by saying that you cannot go wrong with an M.G Norris photo shoot. Matt is professional, creative, and flexible and has a wide range of experience. I have worked with Matt on various shoots for over 6 years and I have never been disappointed in the results. If you’re in the market for a portrait shoot, Matt has a particular talent for putting you at ease and shooting you in a way that your photos turn up all of the aspects you love about yourself and show none of the things you’re self-conscious of. He is fun to work with and his sense of humor brings a sense of joy and fun to being in front of a camera. Matt captured so many special moments for my family: Wedding photos, family visits, newborn photos and; most recently, a very special birthday party where four generations of my family gathered together to celebrate a great-grandfather, grandfather and my one year old son. Matt drove 4 hours one way to attend this event for us and he worked tirelessly the entire time. In doing so he captured some truly special moments between members of my large family. The photos are even dearer because my son’s great-grandmother passed away only 4 months later, but because of Matt, we will always have these photos of my son with his great-grandparents to share with him as he grows up. If you have an event coming up, and it is important to you to have a photographer who can truly capture those memories for you, Matt is the photographer you should work with. I recommend him to everyone I know because he is the best.
Rachael Beth Hager
Matt is an extraordinarily gifted photographer! He has an innate ability to read his clients and the result is a unique and personal set of photos that are truly tailored to exactly what you're looking for. His turnaround time is unbelievable-- our wedding photos were online within a matter of days! He was also so much fun to work with--he really put us at ease and we didn't feel posed at all. We loved every minute of working with mat, and we can't wait to work with him again for our future pregnancy photoshoot!
Matt is a master artist of his craft. His creativity is limitless, and his ability to make less than ideal conditions look amazing is profound. He has a gift for capturing the emotion of a scene. I have been a proud customer for over three years and plan to continue using him as long as he's in the business. We recommended him for a wedding, which he ended up shooting, and it was amazing. I can't say enough good things about his work. I would also be remiss if I did not address his work ethic; which is outstanding. He is the first to arrive and the last to leave. He also has driven tremendous distances for me on occasions when we did not shoot at his studio. Matt's turn around time on shoots is very quick, and he makes it simple to acquire your photos in your chosen format. His photo editing skills are top notch. Matt is phenomenal, and you won't be sorry if you hire him.
Matt has done two wonderful shoots for me. The first was a gift from a friend and we worked with three looks. Casual dress, roller derby uniform and gear, and 'character'. Each outfit came out with a unique feel and I was excited to display a select one from each on my wall in my new home. The second was a "Wedding Retake". My husband and I never had official wedding pictures done, and that was what I wanted for our anniversary. We did a location shoot and it was an amazing experience. We came away with a sense of amazement and my husband and I agreed that it was not only fun but made us feel closer (like our wedding day). Matt is easy to work with and his editing and shooting skills are by far some of the best I have ever seen. I would recommend Matt for any of your photography needs be it wedding, fun, party, or character/cosplay.