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May 14, 2005

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About Me

In no particular order...

1. I am NOT a photographer. I consider myself an artist whose medium is photography. There's a subtle but important difference.

2. I live in Glens Falls but travel & shoot often in the greater Albany - Saratoga Springs region of NY state. This is NO WHERE near NYC.

3. I am not in this to make money or be famous (though I wouldn't shed a tear if those were the end results). I'm simply filling a creative need that needs expressing & am hoping to find & work with like-minded individuals.

4. My work is apparently controversial enough to get my name in the papers. Hope you're as amused at this brouhaha as I am. smile

5. I'm a fan of light & shadow. Same goes for compelling faces especially for portrait work. I adore the kinds of locales that make other people run away. Same goes for no longer caring as to whether a shot is perfect in the technical sense so long as it creates mood or vibe that's interesting.

6. Here is a version of the release I use:

Unless you're a blood relative, signing a release is mandatory. I'm more than happy to make reasonable amendments. However, this issue REALLY need to be discussed in advance.

7. My subjects MUST be adventurous, willing to laugh at themselves, & not be particular about how they look. I am also fluent in sarcasm & a lover of self-deprecation. If you're not OK with any of this, you'll probably not want to work with me.

8. I am not interested in doing traditional fashion or commercial work or the same crap that everyone else is doing. Nothing against those that do, its just not my thing anymore.

9. I believe in conducting my shoots under the K.I.S.S. principle. Don't know what it is? Ask. smile

10. If you want to work with me, just ask. I am not omniscient & will never know about an opportunity unless I'm tipped me off. The best way to get my attention is through a private message. They attract my attention better than "tags" & "picture comments".

11. I encourage questions & ideas from our subjects. Nor do I care how stupid or lame you may THINK they are. Fire away. I just might surprise you.

12. If you're going to bring someone to the shoot, I need to know IN ADVANCE because I have guidelines that everyone needs to agree to simply so we're all on the same page.

13. In order to make my friends list half-way useful here on MM, I have limited it to those who are in my geographic area or an area where I'm likely to visit or have a strong desire in working with that person in the future.

14. Sometimes when I believe in a colleague's vision or when they're nice or when I'm bribed w/ free food after a shoot (if I'm lucky, all three!), I play model for my photographer friends.

(Photo by Stacy Leigh)

15. You can also find me on these sites. Feel free & add or follow if you so desire: In no particular order...


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"Matthew and I have been working together for over 10 years. He always goes out of his way to scout an interesting location and make it comfortable for me. Lots of creativity, collaborative efforts and fun! Thank you! I'm looking forward to what we come up with next!" Read less

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"He's a very professional, calm and straight forward photographer. The pictures look great, and I enjoyed working with him!" Read less

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"Farenell Photography is always wonderful to work with! He is professional, respectful, reliable, hospitable, and personable. Additionally, he produces beautiful, artistic results. I highly recommend Farenell Photography! :)" Read less

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"Matt is so extremely fun to work with and always direct and patient. He is such a sweetheart and has a wonderful sense of humor. He takes amazing photos and not even the distance could stop us from shooting again! " Read less

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"The shoot I had with Farenell Photography felt like an adventure. I am very happy with the way the images came out. We ended up having a problem with one dress and even those images are nice. He was very respectful. Because of the location he had a small broom with him so the model would not get injured from broken glass or whatever else may be in an unused building. We did not expect for people to be at our location so we did have to alter the shoot according to that as well. I recommend this photographer and hope to work with him again sometime." Read less

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"Another great conservator, Matthew walked into a completely unknown location (my apartment) and was entirely open of all the possibilities, but it become one of those randomly awesome "wait- did we just never leave this wall for 2 hours!?" shoots that fly by!" Read less

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"It was a pleasure to work with Matthew - he was punctual, courteous, and full of creative ideas for the shoot." Read less

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"Loved working with this artist. Cool ideas, adventurous spirit, laid back but professional at the same time, all in all had lots of fun working with him. " Read less

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"Reliable, very nice, a real pleasure to work with Farenell Photography! I look forward to my next collaboration with him." Read less

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"Farnell Photography is the way to go for fun, off-the-beaten-path shoots! " Read less

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Credit Notes

I've got way to many to list here but feel free & check:

- the credited models in my port,
- my list of "(my) work on other profiles,"
- my Top 12