Writing about yourself is strange to me, but I am Matt the owner of Williamson Photography. I am also husband to Jenny, father to Jonah & Wyatt my sons, and master to Andrew & Kodachrome my dogs - a fluffy Golden Retriever and one hyperactive Blue Heeler. I like old Volkswagen cars, playing banjo and traveling.
I grew up in Cuba, NY, on a dairy farm.
From the time I picked up my first camera, I knew I wanted to be a professional photographer. I started doing photography in middle school, but it soon turned into a very successful business. I opened my first photography studio in town, and I photographed my first wedding when I was 17. I also worked for The Cuba Patriot.
After 4 years in the army to earn money for school, I attended Antonelli Art Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. After I graduated, I went on to own my own photography business in Cincinnati, where I gained experience in a wide range of photography and clientele which included national ad campaigns, school portraits, sports, radio station events and concerts, weddings, high school seniors, and families and children.
In 2006 I moved back home to Cuba, with my boys, to be with family. I started Williamson Photography in January 2007 . Business started small that first year, with a little, upstairs studio in downtown Cuba. The business has grown so much since these first years.
In 2011, I met Jenny and she became part of the photography team, and my partner in crime. She is my second shooter at weddings, an assistant during photo shoots, edits photos, and puts up with all my crazy ideas.
2013 and 2014 were big years for us. The downtown studio had become too small for us. In 2013, we bought a place outside of town with a big, beautiful house and some land. In 2014 we began construction on a brand new, custom built studio. We have a big window light area to make use of natural light, and the whole other side of the studio is for photos done with studio strobe lighting and commercial controlled light.
But we are not done yet. We keep growing.
In 2013 Jonah also joined the team. He is our video guy. Yes, that's right - we do videography .
And we have plans for many more things in the near future. We will be adding some great outdoor sets to the outside of the building and throughout our property.
Honored to be able to help preserve precious moments in family history for our customers.
Proud to be a Member of the PPA.
Photography is not just what we do. It is who we are!