We are very excited to show you our latest website to launch for local Austin photographer, Matthew Johnson Studios. Matt was looking for a site to show off his fine are photography portfolio that was primarily neutral, to appeal to a wide array of visitors, and that portrayed professionalism. When first arriving on the site, you see the capturing words “You’ll make the day beautiful, I’ll make it last.” This slowly fades into the first stunning image.
For our first meeting, we stopped by Matt’s studio (Studio 3601), which was a really cool restored building full of natural textures, exposed brick, earth tones and tasteful splashes of color. So, in order to create a link between what visitors see on the site and when they first arrive at the studio, we used this palette as inspiration.
Here’s a look at a couple of the “inside” pages as well (the about and blog pages).
Want to learn more about Matt? We asked him a few questions so you could do just that.
About your business:
How long have you been in business? 3rd year
What do you do? Fine-Art wedding and portrait photography
Why did you start your business? I’d been doing commercial and editorial photography but started MJS when I started to specialize more in the wedding and portrait business.
What is unique about your business? MSJ is a small boutique studio that caters to clients wanting exceptional customer service and a more modern and artistic take on wedding photography.
What is the process like to work with you? Even though I offer high-end services the experience I provide is casual and comfortable. People have enough to worry about when planning a wedding so I try to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. My South Congress studio is always open to my clients though, so I invite people to come over for a cup of coffee whenever they have questions and need help with anything.
Why did you decide to work with Doodle Dog? When I met Nikki I could tell that she ran her business in a similar way as I run MJS, that is, giving great service and a top quality product, but doing it in a way that is easy to work with. I’m definitely a perfectionist, so I really appreciated working with someone who listened to exactly what I wanted and was so helpful in making sure I was happy!
About You: My wife Mary and I live in south Austin with our dog Ruby.
Where do you like to shop? Local Austin businesses are always my first choice. I am a fan of stores like West Elm, Crate & Barrel and CB2 though. I have some clients who come into the studio and know those companies catalogs so well that they can tell where each piece of furniture came from!
Describe yourself and your style. I love the outdoors. We have a fire pit in our back yard that we spend more time next to than we do the television. After graduating with a journalism degree I strayed away from photography for 5 years while working as a fly fishing guide in the Florida Keys, Alaska and Yellowstone. That love of nature definitely influences my work now. I love natural tones, simple compositions, and photography that has a timeless look.
Where do you find inspiration? I love magazines. I could sit in the magazine section of Book People for hours. I get about a dozen magazines, but I enjoy reading any magazine about travel, architecture or art.
A Day in the life of you consist of:
I try to bring my dog Ruby into the studio as often as I can. It’s hard to have a bad day with her sitting next to my feet! I wish I was out with a camera more often, but most days I’m at the computer editing images, responding to emails and working on marketing.
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