I'm Mati, a Chilean born and Seattle - based full time photographer.
When I was studying adventure tourism (yeah that's a degree), planning all sorts of reckless outings, I never imagined I'd find my calling in capturing the moments before a groom sees his bride or a couple about to expect their first baby. But over the years, I've found a passion for photographing people-more unpredictable than mountains and wilderness.
I spent years doing all sorts of jobs-avalanche safety in the high Andes, ski instructor for little kids (I still believe in you Timmy!), outdoor gear specialist and more. In these jobs, whether sharing tea and barbecue with a small mining community or leading a group through Patagonia, I realized I never forgot to pack one thing-my camera.
Me, on a frozen lake in Patagonia, Chile.
I started using my camera to capture the essence of these places. Through photography, I found a way to stay in touch with my friends and family, to give them a little more than just a phone call or an email. I wanted them to see and feel what I did. They deserved to understand and appreciate the beauty of where I traveled.
But when my wife and I moved to the U.S., it wasn't the same as taking photos while on a trip. I had moved from my family and friends and was in a new home. I reached for my camera more than ever, using it to connect to the people and places around me. Through photography, I built a relationship with the Pacific Northwest and genuine appreciation of the region and its people. After having our son, Lucas, it was here in Seattle that I decided to pursue a full time career in photography. And yes, I make my wife, Rachel, and Lucas do all sorts of photo shoots way too often (they love it).
What started as my way of capturing the wild corners of North and South America has turned into my career. When I'm not working, I'm exploring the Puget Sound with my wife (we're paddle nerds), dancing to Moana with Lucas and taking photos of wild landscapes wherever I can find.
Now tell me a little bit about you, so I can capture your story.
Snowshoeing with my wife at Mt. Rainier National Park, WA.