About - Matt Theobald

Who am I?

I am a 28 year old husband, father, musician and photographer with a deeply rooted passion and love for the natural world. The seed was sown by my parents at an early age and continues to grow today. I was lucky enough to be born and raised in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, on the doorstep of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. I graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Marine Geography during which time I spent a year at Stanford University where I conducted research on the impacts of climate change, specifically on South Pacific coral reefs.

I currently live in California with my wife and son, drawn to America by the diversity of landscapes and opportunities to travel. 

Photography, like life, has been a journey of discovery and challenge. Having owned point and shoot cameras since 2004 (Age 15), I enjoyed casually documenting my life and travels. In 2015 I purchased a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera and quickly began to see my camera as a creative tool, one in which I had creative control. This has changed the way I see and interact with the world.

Photography started to mean more to me than just capturing memories of travels and places I'd visited, it increasingly became about bringing those special places home with me in the most real way possible, sharing them with others and telling the stories of these remarkable places. The natural world is under more human induced stress than ever before. We all have a part to play in protecting and preserving our planet and I think photographers have a great opportunity to play a prominent role in these conversations. These are arguably some of the most important conversations of our generation.

What's my goal?

I hope that the images on my website, Instagram or Facebook pages will inspire you to get outside, step away from the busyness and routine of life, explore and better appreciate your own corner of this wonderful, fascinating and diverse world. If doing that inspires you to take more care of the natural world, fight to save its precious and vulnerable habitats through supporting local conservation efforts or finding other ways to be part of the conversation, through photography, art or science, then I have more than achieved my goal. 

If you like any of my images enough to make a purchase, large or small, I want to thank you so much for supporting me, and my work - it is the highest compliment I can receive as a photographer. I hope you enjoy your purchase!             

What's in my camera bag?

Camera  -  Sony A6000

Lenses  -  Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3, Sigma 19mm f2.8, 35mm f1.7 CCTV

Tripod  -  Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head

Filters  -  Lee .3, .6 and .9 Hard and Soft Edge Graduated Filters, 105mm Slim Circular Polarizer, Little Stopper, Big Stopper

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