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Rising Stars: Meet Matthew Falk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Falk.

Hi Matthew, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My story has a pretty simple beginning.

As a young boy, I fell in love with cars and motorsports. Like most young men, I was drawn to the power, speed, and attractiveness of being a race car driver. However, I also found that becoming a race car driver was more difficult than my teachers made it seem grown-up.

Fast forward many years later, I fell in love and married the love of my life, my wife Erika. Who not only gave me two wonderful and amazing children but also continues to push me to follow my dreams and encourages me every day to become a better version of myself.

With the passion for motorsports still there, I discovered the art of photography and quickly realized that I could now capture and share the very same culture I fell in love with as a young man. And this is where my photography story begins.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Has it been a smooth road? Honestly, it is pretty easy to get into photography.

For the most part, everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, and the cameras that are on them are pretty good. You do not always need the most expensive gear to create art. you just need creativity and drive.

Now getting into automotive photography is a little different. Not every supercar owner is willing to give you their time or car to take photos with, nor is every racing event willing to give you a media pass to get access to the track and to the cars that are there.

This is where it can get a little difficult to hone your skills and create that client-catching portfolio.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a photographer that specializes in automotive/motorsports photography. I wish I could say something amazing about what I am known for, but honestly, I have not been in the industry long enough to establish that. Check back in 6-7 months lol! I’m most proud of my passion.

A lot of hobbies have come and gone in my life, but this art form as well as being creative has stayed with me all these years. I still wake up and want to be creative, and I still want to inspire others to be creative. I think my on-the-fly artistic and imaginative thinking is something that does set me apart from others.

I also think my willingness to continue my education as a photographer is another key component that sets me apart. I like to put myself in uncomfortable shooting situations to keep myself out of my comfort zone. I believe that staying in that zone will kill your innovative mindset.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
My favorite book is How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

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