(This section of the site is still under construction; we're adding to it as time permits. Check back soon for more!)
Our artistic division offers professional photography services in Kingston, Ontario and neighbouring cities.
What we can do for you
If you need an artist's eye for a special or unusual project, I might have what you're looking for.
Matthew Marsh's work is distinguished by:
- Professionalism. You're dealing with a photographer who is respectful, client-focused, and whose projects come in on time and on budget.
- Reliability. We follow through on our promises, and our client communications are second to none. You won't be caught off-guard by a last-minute change in plans.
- Diversity of artistic styles. There's a visual style to express almost any mood or idea, and we aren't afraid to try something new or unusual.
A Few Favourites
I like to experiment with dramatically varied lighting styles and compositions, mixing things up a bit more than you might get in a commercial studio.
Elegant, professional portraits with the standard lighting styles are of course always an option. Given the opportunity, though, I might go for a deep, rich chiaroscuro light. Or a harsh, edgy film noir style. Or a veiled, misty high-key look. Or, in a long enough session, half a dozen different styles. Or perhaps something crazy I haven't thought of yet. That's the fun of it.
Portraiture can be a documentary form, striving for accuracy and fidelity of reproduction. It can also be about moods and feelings, using light and body to ask questions and tell stories. In some cases, the story to be told is your own, and the two classes overlap; in others, the story is pure fantasy and the portrait tells a tale all its own.
Dogs, cats, weasels, lagomorphs, rodents, even fish- if you can get it to stay still under the lights for more than a few seconds, I'll get a shot that's worthy of a frame on the living room wall. My wife goes through one Great Pyrenees every few months (we board them for the breed rescue club while they wait for permanent homes); they're very charismatic dogs and are fun photo models.
It takes a lot of patience to get good shots of an animal. Dogs in particular are fond of shoving their nose into the lens, looking the wrong direction, and knocking over lights. Pet shoots are a two-person job: I'll need your help to keep your animal entertained and doing more-or-less what we want him to do.
The results are of course worth it, and the memories the photos bring back will be priceless a decade or two from now when the pet is long gone. An hour or so of shooting is quite affordable, is all that most critters can handle in one go, and is long enough to get a nice set of beautiful, gallery-quality shots.
I'm fascinated by the infinitely variable textures and colours that Mother Nature can throw together with nothing more than air, water vapour and a bit of sunlight. Bringing out all the intricate details of the sky is an interesting technical challenge, but the art is in conveying the mood of the sky: from serene to stormy, every one is unique.
A well-planned professional photo can make all the difference to your brand image. If you need an extra artistic touch for a special campaign, I might be able to help.
Contact me, we'll talk, and we should be able figure out in short order whether I'm the photographer you need.
More galleries coming soon
This site is still under construction, and more galleries will be posted here in due time. For now, turn to my photography blog for an idea of what I've been doing recently.