MEET OUR TEAM
MATT POWELL : Creative Director / Lead Photographer
After college Matt began his dream job as staff-photographer and multimedia producer for the international aid organization, Samaritan's Purse. For 12 years he traveled the globe— from tsunami sites, to conflict zones, to missionary hospitals— with the job of documenting human need, Christian compassion, and the adventure of it all. This unique professional background fundamentally shapes his documentary approach to weddings and provides a broad base of real-world and visual storytelling experience. Go HERE to see this body of work.
As Matt's experience grows, so does his thirst for more of life. And that's where weddings enter into the picture. As a proud husband and a father to three amazing girls, Matt considers it a blessing to capture the moments in people’s lives that will be treasured for a lifetime. That's what he always loved first about photography, and it still motivates him to this day.
"When it comes to weddings my objective is to tell the story of your day, capturing real moments as they actually unfold with creativity and light-heartedness. I aim to create timeless, emotionally-charged images, as much a work of art as a record of events."
Sarah DeShields : Photographer
“I'm in love with every aspect of photography- especially working with people- which I approach by remaining attentive to their unique personalities in order to artfully and respectfully represent who they truly are”.
Born & raised in Scotland, Sarah draws on the broody, dark romance of the land of her origins, while her photography embodies the story scape of the Appalachian wild, which she now calls home.
With an ethereal and cinematic style, Sarah’s photographic approach is fine-tuned to the understated, romantic moments so often overlooked by others.
After 15 years of shooting weddings, portraits and fine art conceptual photography, Sarah specializes in elopements, small weddings and portraits where she can focus on highlighting the unique qualities and storylines of a person or couple.
Sarah also works as a solo musician, a songwriter, and a performer with the band Broadcast Safe. She received her certification as a Spiritual Director in 2017 and she strives to combine every facet of her creativity and compassion for others to produce images that are both breathtaking and beautiful.
PAUL HALLUCH : Videographer
PauI approaches every wedding with one thought in mind: " How can I make your film better than any other I've created?" And that keeps him on his toes.....
"Weddings are mystical moments that connect all things from your past to your future. You've dreamt about this day since you were a child, and so much goes into making it an unforgettable party. My favorite part is capturing all of this magic on camera.
Once it's all over, we forget the moments too easily, so my goal is to take you right back there- to let you relive that magic forever."
Paul shoots with the highest quality cameras, lenses and drones, but at the end of the day, these are simply tools to tell your story. Paul takes pride in being a well rounded filmmaker.
After 4 years of film school, tv production, and acting, Paul's cameras have taken him to over 35 countries shooting movies, documentaries, music videos and commercials. He has won many awards along the way, but none greater than getting to live the life of his dreams while doing what he loves daily.
Boston-born, and raised in Brazil, Paul speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Paul is a Paul & board-member for the Boone Film Festival, a non profit organization that celebrates stories of Appalachia. And he loves traveling, humanitarian work, and meeting new people- hopefully you will become one of them.
JON BLACK : Lead Photographer
With an artful, documentary style, Jon's wedding photography is distinct. And he's photographed a lot neat stuff in some far-flung places- including Mongolia, Myanmar and Ethiopia to name a few. Similar to Matt, Jon also cut his teeth as a documentary photographer for the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. In this role, Jon had the opportunity to document a vast array of cultures in over a dozen different countries. He even worked a stint as editorial photographer for Ethiopia's first and only lifestyle magazine.
After years of photographing weddings alongside of Matt, Jon's style flawlessly achieves the sophisticated and relentless quality that folks love about the Matt Powell Productions brand.
"As a newlywed & a dad, I value the significance of weddings and family memories. My goal is to tell a complete story through clean, simple images in order to create heirlooms for future generations to cherish".
BEN ROBERTS : Photographer / Videographer
A nationally award winning photographer and filmmaker, Ben has been shooting weddings, music videos, and commercials full-time since earning a Commercial Photography degree from Appalachian State University. While occasionally traveling to countries such as Iceland, Switzerland, Nicaragua, and New Zealand, Ben has honed skills in both documentary and commercial shooting. His conceptual and stylized photography work can bring reality to anything he imagines- similar to what you might see in magazines like “Anthropologie” or in movies like “Pride and Prejudice”. Both of these influences come together in his wedding and bridal work:
"When it comes to weddings, my artistic vision is to create grand, beautiful images from even the smallest, yet most important moments in people's lives. My goal is to capture as much symbolism as possible. So many stories are happening during a wedding, I try to capture the ones that represent big picture ideas like Commitment, Love, and Family".
Ben is also a musician who writes and produces his own music for films and music videos. And he can often be found touring with the Billboard #1 artist John Mark Mcmillan.