Matthew R. Stegall
Not your ordinary third wheel.
Internationally published wedding and portrait photographer based out of Austin Texas.
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I’m a full-time wedding photographer currently based out of a weird place called Austin. My girlfriend Stephanie and I have been together now for over 4 years! I’m not sure what she sees in me but man am I so lucky to have her in my life. What can I say, I love well… Love. I’m a full time wedding photographer, that pretty much says it all by itself haha. My couples literally mean the world to me, without you where would I even be? I’m not that great about talking about myself so this is kind of difficult for me ( as you can probably tell ).
Let me take you to the beginning where everything kind of started for me and maybe you can get an idea of why I am who I am and why I never take my job and opportunity for granted..
I was born in Norfolk,Va into a broken family where I spent most of my childhood with my mother. Im the middle child of 4 brothers all of whom I didn’t get a chance to grow up with. My second oldest brother passed when I was about eight and it was the first time my world had really been rocked. Things at home shifted, family quickly faded and the next thing I knew both of my parents were no longer in my life and I was left to learn the ropes on my own. As you can probably tell there weren’t a lot of weddings going on around me, so the fact that I’m a wedding photographer is crazy.
Funny story, the first wedding I ever photographed some 100+ stories earlier was actually the very first wedding I had ever been to and it wasn’t even a friend of mine. Talk about trust! If it wasn’t for that wedding though I would have never realized the raw passion I have for my job. I remember crying as I saw the bride walk down the aisle and mom was right there with me. I took the photos home that night and I remembered every moment from the day. I had never felt so fulfilled in anything I had ever done like i did that night. From that day forward to now I have pursued weddings relentlessly.
I could sit here and write about how all my life I wanted to be a professional photographer and that it has been my passion ever since I could remember…but that just isn’t true. I was lucky enough that through all the shit that I went through that photography found me. When I first came across what would be my future I was in a horrible place. I had no money, I was broken from an accident, I was homeless and on top of all that I knew no one in Austin. Here’s what I did know, I had $500 in my bank account and that went towards my very first camera.Everything else at the time was a side thought all I knew was that I needed to create. I had no idea what kind of photographer I wanted to be I just knew that I wanted to shape the light around me to my vision and to capture natural reactions. There was something profound to me when a client would look at my screen and look at themselves like they didn’t know who that was.I began to realize it was more than just a photo, It was my perception of of what I saw in front of me and they loved my view. It is incredibly humbling to know that I get to be entrusted with such a powerful thing. Your wedding day isn’t just a paycheck to me. You are not just a couple that stumbled across my work. I want to know you, to understand what you value in your relationship and on your wedding day. I want to take photos of things you care about not what pinterest says is on trend. I want us to be comfortable around each other so much that you can get into that space that only the two of you get into when youre alone and the world is melting away. I want to capture your story for you, because this is your time. This is your moment. This is the start of your family and I want it to have the best start it can.