snapshots: Matthew Lawless

Where did you grow up?

 

I was born and raised on the island of Maui.

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When did you get into photography and why?

 

I'd say I started getting into photography during high school. I was in a design class and we had the opportunity to take out a camera and explore campus a little. I think I gravitated towards photography because I could capture how I look at the world around me. 

 

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Where would you say is the best place to shoot? Where is place you haven't been to, but always wanted to?

 

I think there are too many places to pick from to pick the best place to shoot. I enjoy shooting landscapes and in the ocean the most because they are constantly changing. I feel like its over done now but Ice Land would be a great spot along with Western Australia.

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How do you take your coffee?

 

In the morning I go for a nice black coffee, while in the afternoon I like a good almond milk latte.

 

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Walk us through a day in the life of Matthew Lawless.

 

Usually if there is a good swell, I'll wake up at sunrise and hit the water to shoot. After that I'll get the day rolling. I'm a motion designer so during the day I'm either getting some emails out, filming, editing, designing, or animating. If time allows I like to get out again a head towards the mountains or ocean for the golden light and stars.

 

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How would you describe your shooting style?

 

If I had to describe my style, I would say its a mix of familiar places that feel unfamiliar. 

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What type of music do you listen to? What is your favorite song now?

 

I'll always have a hard time describing this. Usually I tell people my favorite label is Ghostly International.

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Any big plans in the future you'd like our audience to know about?

 

I really enjoy bridging visuals with music. I've done a few music videos and I'm hoping to keep exploring that world. 

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For more with Matthew, check out his Website and his Instagram.