28 total reviews
In my opinion there is no other photographer that comes close to Matthew Sowa's talent. His journalistic and artistic approach will totally amaze you and capture the enormous love and commitment that the couple has for one another. I as all moms of brides was nervous about my first daughter getting married.. is he the right one for her, is she the right wife for him, will they be happy, are they ready.. all of those questions kept entering my head until we received Matthew Sowas Engagement shoot proofs back. I can rest assure that both of our children were so madly in love with each other and the happiest they have ever been, in their lives by looking at the true emotion on their faces in each and every picture!
The unique shots that Matthew was able to "direct" were just fantastic. His "vintage" take on these non traditional shots were just what we as a family were looking for.
Outdated are those wedding pictures from our affair 30 years ago, when the entire bridal party were continuosly told to fix their collars, turn their heads slightly, look up, look down, turn sideways, upside down etc, fix their bow ties... now all can be naturally shot with Matthews professional direction.
Matthew was so professional and unintrusive at the affair that no one knew he was even snapping away the thousands of shots he took that day/evening. There werent any invasive lights, ladders or huge cameras, just two extremely talented and artistic geniuses who got the job done without any interference to guests or the bridal party and presented us with so many stunning pictures to choose from. Although I will be the first to tell you that my son in law and daughter are extremely beautiful people to begin with... Matthew pictures managed to enhance their features and magnify the love that they have for each other.
I would NOT waste my time researching other photographers, just go to Matthew Sowas blog and/or website and see for yourself. His prices are in line with all of the other photographers that are near his abilities and he will work with you on exactly what you are looking for and your individual needs. We had an assistant as well, who was just as incredible as Matthew is. They offered two distinct looks which gave our family every single look and shot we could have hoped for. Matthew will have a complete open line of communication with you and always get back to you regarding any questions or concerns you might have.
Matthew Sowa is a MUST HAVE at any upcoming affair. We have two other daughters who will be hopefully getting married in the near future and will definitely book Matthew before the Venue is even booked. Good luck on your upcoming event and do yourself the favor of having Matthew there to provide you with the best gift other than your new spouse, of course... gorgeous, artistic, magnificent pictures that will keep your memories alive of the most spectacular day of your lives!!!!
Based on all of the previous reviews here on The knot it should not be a surprise that Matt really is one of The BEST NYC photographer!
We didn't have a location in mind to shoot on our wedding day . We really relied on Matt and his ideas to come up with unique, beautiful locations and he came up with some amazing locations for us and our large bridal party to shoot at.He made the entire process enjoyable and comfortable both for us and our entire party. Both him and his assistant Ralph were amazing to work with and helped us out. We are so thankful that we chose to work Matthew Sowa Photography and we would recommend them to all our friends in need of a photographer. Best choice ever!
Matthew Sowa is an fantastic photographer with amazing eye and good personality. He and his assistant I think Agatha photographed our big day last July. His work shows the quality and diversity.I cannot say how lucky I was ,that I found him.The photographs are remarkable with a fashion look and photojournalism impact....Best!
I love Matt and his photography.He photographed our wedding last May and we had amazing time him and his assistant full of ideas.His images speak for himself they are fresh and imaginative. After meetings with many other photographers we realized, that Matthew Sowa is only one!
Steve & Sara
Matthew and his assistant took care of our wedding photography. As soon as I met him and saw what he could do with his camera I was amazed. His approach to photography took my breath away, and I fell secure his talent would bring my images to the next level. The day of my wedding, his personality and professionalism were nothing less than perfect. We had SO much fun with him and would recommend him to any new couple looking for OUTSTANDING images.
Matthew Sowa, is the best wedding photographer in NY. No questions asked.
I had a wonderful experience with Matthew Sowa Photography. They were so professional yet accessible! Matt was with me through the whole wedding day, and I wasn't sure how that would be, but he is so comfortable to be around it wasn't awkward at all! He was more than responsive to all of our needs, but especially mine! He made sure that the shots that were important to me got done, but she was also creative and went in different directions than I would have gone. His team work was amazing!
Matthew Sowa Photography is 5 star worthy - I would recommend his team to any Bride out there :)
I got married on November 17th 2012. When my husband and I were in the process of looking for a photographer, we came across Mathew Sowa. From the moment we looked through his photos, we knew we had to have him be apart of our wedding day.
A few words that could describe Mathew are amazing, an artist and a true gentlemen. He did everything on our wedding day to make us feel comfortable while at the same time capturing our special moments with his camera. Mathew made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera when otherwise I am quite shy. Time went so fast on our wedding day, but I am so comforted to know I will always have these beautiful moments captured in these amazing pictures.
I can honestly say it was a true privilege to work with someone so graceful and talented. I look forward to working with Mathew again and would recommend him to any bride that is getting married.
I am speechless when it comes to Matthew Sowa. Matthew Sowa’s creativity and passion for his craft shines through his work. My husband and I were engaged for about a year before we got married (June 2, 2012) and we began to shop around for a photographer. We went to various wedding studios – and spoke to a lot of sales personnel instead of the actual photographer – until we met Matthew Sowa. Our first meeting with Matt was very personal, he was very honest and open about his work.
Matt and his assistant Agatha did an amazing job shooting our engagement session as well as our wedding day. Our pictures are absolutely beautiful! Every moment that he captured turned out to be much more than a static representation of an event--- each image was alive with energy and emotions. To top it all off, his enthusiastic and accommodating personality, made him an absolute pleasure to work with!!
He is awesome, highly highly recommended.
Love Matthew. He is wonderful.
May sound strange coming from a bride but - I never wanted a wedding. The day I decided that I cannot live if I don't have one was the day that I first saw Matthew Sowa's work. My now husband and I planned our wedding day around Matthew's availability. We would do so a million more times if we had to. In fact, we consider ourselves incredibly privileged and lucky to even be able to book Matthew for a day. He is busy for a reason! His talent is unreal. I don't even have to mention it, it's enough to look at just one of his photos. When they say that a picture is worth a thousand words......., you should know that Matthew Sowa's picture will make you speechless.
As this was a second wedding for my husband and myself,we wanted a more intimate private ceremony and chose Matthew Sowa to shoot both the private ceremony at our home and then off to a second location for a big celebration. Matthew captured the essence of both perfectly! He is extremely creative and wonderfully talented. He was never obtrusive or in our way. His kind,easy going manner made it a pleasure to work with him. We recently got our album and everyone who has seen it has the same reaction. "This is the nicest album we have ever seen,the pictures are amazing"
We are thrilled!
We had a wonderful experience with Matthew .Of course our photos are simply amazing & unique, but more importantly he was friendly, accommodating, and always very professional.We couldn't be happier with our choice Having two photographers from the very beginning to the very end - which ended up being about a twelve-hour day for them.
We went through a lot of potential photographers, and No one was even close to Matthew's work.I would highly recommend his service to anyone who is looking for artistic & photojournalistic wedding images.
I started my photographer search simpy by using the web- once I found Matthew Sowa's website I bursted into tears going through his photos- I had to use him because he has the most unique ability to capture each special moment in a way that NO OTHER photographer ever could/can. After we met him in NY we looked over the packages and all the sample photo albums and we left there more excited for our wedding than we ever were! Matt is reliable and easy to work with. We had our wedding and reception on two different days and Matt graciously came to both and snapped pictures with excitement throughout the entirety. He is everything that his website says- unobtrusive, artistic... overall amazing. I can't wait for another occasion to utilize him again- our pictures and album are unbelievable and exceeded every expectation that I had. Thank you Matt again- we hav never been more pleased- you were the best vendor we had at our wedding and reception and we are so lucky to have had the privilege to use you!
I don't think I could find strong enough words to express my happiness with Matthew Sowa Photography. Matthew was extremely responsive from the first time I emailed him and so endearing when my husband and I met him in person. He took his time explaining everything to us even though we were already 100% sold on his work.
Matthew's creativity and eye for capturing REAL emotion is not something you find every day. You can tell how much he loves what he does by the creative way that he shoots and the unique beauty of each picture. These are not your every day wedding pictures ladies and gentleman- they are pure art.
Hiring Matthew Sowa Photography was BY FAR one of the BEST (and favorite) wedding decisions that my husband and I made. Not only did he take amazing pictures completely unobtrusively, but the album that he put together for us is absolutely unreal. Our family and friends are amazed by it.
I truthfully could go on and on about how happy we are, but I will end this by saying I would hire Matthew over and over and over again to capture any important moment in our lives.
Matthew is really amazing!!! I found him through reviews online and a recc from another vendor from my wedding, and couldn't be happier with my choice in photographer. Choosing a fabulous photographer was my #1 priority as I am obsessed with photography and had a particular style in mind. When I saw his photos online, I knew he must be right up my alley so I made an appointment to meet with him. I explained to him what I envisioned, that I am picky about photos, and that this was the most important part of my wedding as far as I was concerned and he got it immediately. When I first went to meet with him he showed me some of the amazing pics he has taken and i was sold immediately. He truly is an artist. He is totally professional, punctual, responsive to emails and accommodating to my needs.
My wedding was in NY City in beautiful Angel Orensanz in Matt is known in the City as one of the most creative wedding photographers.My whole wedding party absolutely loved him, and we all had a great time going around the City taking unique pictures as a group. he is very comfortable to work with in all ways, has a good sense of humor and helps make everything feel natural (even though it's totally unnatural to me to have someone following me around telling me how to pose).
The photos ARE AMAZING! We sent the proofs to our family and friends to help us decide which we wanted to use in our albums and we have so many people telling us that they are the MOST amazing pictures they have ever seen. I've already had at least 10 people ask me who my photographer was because they were just so stunning. While the whole day was beautiful, he made it look like it was a celebrity wedding with the way he took pics. The photos should be in a magazine.
I would absolutely recommend Matthew Sowa to anyone who asks. He is worth every penny, he's fun, he's energetic and as far as I'm concerned a photographic genius.
Just a quick note -- we also had Matthew for our Day After shot .He has such an eye for unique beauty and found the best composition for every shot. IQ Photo is A+ and five stars in my book!
In our search for a photographer for our wedding, my husband and I interviewed several candidates. The process of viewing portfolio after portfolio left us, to say the very least, overwhelmed. There were a number of talented photographers with bodies of work that were in their own ways both beautiful and interesting, yet there was something holding us back from making a decision. It was then that we met with Matthew Sowa and we finally understood what it was that was subconsciously fueling our reservations with respect to the other candidates.
The other photographers had delightful portfolios, but Matthew’s work went beyond the realm of what one thinks of when considering wedding photography. Every moment that he captured turned out to be much more than a static representation of an event--- each image was alive with energy and embodied the unbridled happiness that my husband, our guests and myself felt on that day. Beautifully orchestrated photos that pulsed with emotion far surpassed any of the other works that we had looked at during our initial search. In addition to Matthew’s obvious ability to capture a plethora of moments and create beautiful, in essence, “living” memories of our wedding, coupled with his beaming, enthusiastic and accommodating personality, made him an absolute pleasure to work with.
Matthew is an individual whose passion for his craft shines through his work. His personality and the zest with which he commits himself to creating works that transcend traditional photography, is what elevates his work to a place of beauty that will evoke the same emotions captured in that moment for many years to come.
In short, he is the best!
Matthew and his assistant photographer are artists! You will have the most creative, candid & emotional shots that will make your wedding album one of a kind! You must hire him! It is an investment that will last a lifetime! All my guests said he was the hardest working man in the room! He sees shots that you can't even imagine!
Matthew, I do not know how to describe my experience with you.
We have received so many compliments on our wedding photos. You captured our wedding just the way we envisioned. We didn't even notice you were there some of the time. Your eye for composition artistically enhanced the photojournalistic feel of our wedding.Matt was so easy to work with and very knowledgeable about the craft of photography. Thank you so much for making our wedding memories last a lifetime.
I can not say enough things about Matthew Sowa. He's absolutely amazing, creative and a true artist. He is so easy to work with and so punctual and his photos are amazing. His work speaks for itself. Highly Highly recommended
Matthew's photography is not just a photography! it is a true art! We don't even know how we can express and thank him for his incredible work. He did amazing job shooting our engagement session & wedding . The atmosphere during the photo shoot was great! I was a little afraid that it would be difficult for us to be natural and this would show in the pictures. But Matthew created very relax and pleasurable mood.
Our pictures are absolutely beautiful and not only beautiful but alive! Every time I look at them I am glad I met such a talented photographer! Thank you that you captured those important moments for us in such a incredible way! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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Capturing Art in Life
Few words about our work. It is boutique style photography, modern, creative and individually handcrafted.
We are NOT wedding studio photographers. We book only one event for each day, delivering personal attention .All events are photographed with spontaneity and unobtrusively.
- Starting Price Range: $5,000 and Over
- Specialty: A Variety/Blend of Styles
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013