THE TEAM

MATT POWELL : Lead Photographer / Creative Director

After college Matt began an exciting career 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 personal adventure of it all. This unique professional background fundamentally shapes his documentary approach to wedding photography and provides a broad base of real-world photography and visual storytelling experience.

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."

Interested in learning more about Matt's marketing work?  Check out these communication projects Matt has led on behalf of Boone-based planning & design firm Destination by Design:

-Northern Peaks Trail      -The Neck of the Woods Local Flavor Trail    -Downtown Lenoir

The whole Powell Tribe (Matt, Ginger, Madeline, Ella, & Claire) at the Florida Gulf Coast, our favorite place to unwind.


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.  

Now, after years of photographing weddings alongside of Matt, Jon's style flawlessly achieves the sophisticated and relentless quality that client's have grown to love about the Matt Powell Productions brand. As a newlywed & a dad, Jon understands the importance of wedding and family memories.  His goal is to tell the complete story through clean, simple images and to create heirlooms for future generations to cherish.