Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised on the island of Maui.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.