We're so happy that we picked Matt to capture our wedding day! Every time we flip through our wedding album, it's as if we were right there again. Matt did an amazing job of capturing not just the joy of the day, but he also managed to capture people's personalities in the photos. He was super patient, informative and professional every step of the way as we worked out logistics and on the day of both the wedding and our engagement photoshoot. Definitely a pleasure to work with and we're beyond happy with all the photos we have! We 100% recommend him!
Spirit Cruises, Washington DC
"I cannot recommend Matt Bender enough! My husband and I were looking for a photographer that would be comfortable going against the grain for our non-traditional, offbeat wedding. From our first Skype meeting through the big day and album production, Matt has been amazing, creative and professional through every step.
When Matt suggested that we explore an abandoned section of train tracks and tunnel in Philadelphia for our “warm-up” shoot before the wedding, we knew we made the right decision. The shots from that day in February are truly remarkable, and Matt’s friendly and positive attitude (almost) made us forget the sub-arctic temperatures and foot of snow in our boots.
We wanted someone who could capture the real emotions and moments from our wedding without making it feel like a big production. We weren’t interested in spending loads of time posing for portraits or having anyone jump up into the air en masse for the perfect shot of our wedding party. Matt has a ninja-like ability to grab perfectly timed candid pictures and an eye for spotting unique shots.
Because Matt takes a lighthearted approach to his work, it’s easy to kick back while having full confidence in his final results. He made us laugh and feel completely comfortable in front of the camera."
Rat’s Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
"Working with Matt was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning. He is professional but still laid back and, most importantly, takes great photos. You spend more time with your photographer than almost anyone else on your wedding day so in addition to talent it's important to make sure you choose someone you like and can work with. Matt was all of those things for us."
Doolan's Shore Club, Spring Lake, NJ
"I was overwhelmed with photography options and SO GLAD we picked Matt Bender. I initially sent about two dozen potential photographers to our best man, an amateur photographer himself. He picked Bender as one of his top five in image quality. So we contacted those five, and chose Matt for his communication and personality. He got back to us promptly, explained everything without BS, and was hilarious to boot. This was him in real life, too! My face hurt from laughing so much the first time we met! And on the wedding day itself, he and second shooter Tracie were relaxed, unobtrusive, fun, and thoroughly on the ball. We love our photos and they take me right back to all the love and joy of the wedding itself. They worked with our large family and had a blast with some of our more offbeat ideas. FWIW we live in NYC and paid travel fees from Philly-- totally worth it! Anywhere in the Northeast Corridor, Matt Bender is the best choice for a nerdy, funny, artistic photographer."
littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
"Matthew Bender did an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos. His photojournalist style captured the emotion, the energy, and the personalities that define me, my partner, and our close family and friends. Our photos are that perfect combination of artsy and organic. Matthew Bender gave us more photos than promised in our contract, and he spent extra time with us during our engagement session. Perhaps most importantly, Matthew is great guy to be around. His calming presence is so valuable in the midst of wedding stress, and he makes even the most awkward moments comfortable. Highly recommended!!"
Merion Tribute House, Merion Station, PA