MATT MEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER IN ERIE, PA

We believe in portrait photography that preserves real people and life moments; not ones that are posed and perfectly curated for social media.  

Baby crawling while parents smile during family photos at Frontier Park

As a portrait photographer in Erie, PA, I capture portraits that transport you to the moment the shutter was pushed. It’s my job to make you look good in camera naturally; meaning no fancy Photoshop tricks or filters. 

Wikipedia defines a portrait as “a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.” Whether it’s a couple, family, or high school senior, our portrait photography preserves moments in time for you to cherish for generations to come.

Each session is tailored to YOU. Together we will sit down and help you choose a location that is meaningful to you and best reflects your personality.

For each session, we provide a balance of natural color and classic black and white photos. Because we believe in making you look good in camera, there is minimal processing to our images with no filters or fancy embellishments.  

Presque Isle state Park

Have family or senior portraits scheduled, but don’t know where to take them? Check out our page on Presque Isle and see why it’s one of our favorite portrait locations in Erie, PA.

Family Portraits

We know that your family’s best moments don’t happen sitting on wooden stools looking like a stock photo. We capture the unique joy of your family in portraits that freeze moments in time to be admired and held dear as hairs gray and kids grow.

Father rests his forehead on top baby's head while she sits in mother's lap in Erie, PA

Frontier Park

Looking for ideas for your senior or family portrait session? See why we recommend Frontier Park as one of our favorite portrait locations in Erie, PA.

senior portraits

What better way to commemorate the end of a chapter — and the start of a brand-new one — than with professional, personal senior portraits that capture not just your face, but who you are. These pictures are all about highlighting who you are at this point in your life.

Girl dancing on stage for senior photos in Erie PA

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Rock Your Erie, PA Senior Photo Session in 4 Easy Steps

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Senior Portrait Season is once again upon us! There is always a flurry of preparation associated with senior sessions, but we are here to tell you that a great portrait session doesn’t have to be complicated! You can check out our complete guide to effortless Senior...

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what people are saying

Sacred Ayla Tea Co.
Sacred Ayla Tea Co.
January 31, 2022.
I had my business branding photography done by Matt and he perfectly captured my essence. Each shoot is filled with so much fun and laughter. The preview photo he showed me on the day of the first shoot actually brought me to tears because it was so beautiful. I'm looking forward to expanding my brand more with Matt because he really pays attention and takes the time to bring your vision to life.
Sarah Benson
Sarah Benson
January 10, 2022.
After some brief research back in 2019 (....then ended up being a COVID bride, reschedule to 2021!) I discovered Matt Mead Photography, LLC, and placed an inquiry. In a short amount of time, I was on the phone getting to know Matt and Teri, and I instantly knew I had found my wedding photographer! I felt as if I was simply chatting with two friends. So real, down to earth, not stuffy, and a joy to talk to. My (now) husband and I wanted someone to authentically capture our day--we didn't want color pops, special effects or anything fake added to our photos--and after reviewing Matt's blog and website, we sealed the deal! Matt and Teri are extremely organized, detail oriented and professional (as an Executive Assistant, these things matter highly to me). They really think of everything and keep the process realistic and totally transparent. On the day of our wedding, Matt, Kayla and Eric were extremely polite and respectful at all times, and my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with our all of our photos! So many special, candid, treasured moments were captured. I cannot recommend Matt Mead Photography LLC enough!! You cannot go wrong.
Zane Lewis
Zane Lewis
November 21, 2021.
Matt is an amazing guy with a well-developed skillset at his hip. He made the entire session feel like a natural conversation, and the photos turned out absolutely breathtaking. I seriously couldn't recommend a more talented photographer to work with.
Kerry Lewis
Kerry Lewis
November 20, 2021.
We had MM Photography take my son's Senior photos and I cannot even believe what an amazing job he did capturing this young man's personality. The sessions were fun and relaxed and the variety of expressions Matt captured in the photos was incredible. I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Matt Mead Photography!
Maria Fernanda Torres
Maria Fernanda Torres
November 14, 2021.
We would highly recommend MM Photography for any and all of your special occasions! We hired Matt as the photographer for our wedding on October 3, 2021. I found Matt’s services online through a google search. After meeting with him and his wife/business partner Teri, I immediately knew that they were genuine people willing to work with what I wanted for our small wedding ceremony. They didn’t want to just sell me a photo package, they provided various options to accommodate my needs. They were also kind enough to recommend a wedding officiant, Lois Thompson, who did a phenomenal job! Before our wedding day, Matt took time getting to know us and our love story via a questionnaire. He also provided us with a 30-minute couples photoshoot at the location of our choice to break the ice and get a feel for his photography style before the big day. We truly appreciated that! On our wedding day, Matt and his team went above and beyond our expectations! They were punctual, organized, professional, and easy to communicate with. We LOVED every single photo taken, making it extremely tough when choosing favorites for our photo album. A good problem to have, really! Matt and Kayla truly love their profession - it’s evident in every single photo they take!
Katrina Little
Katrina Little
November 5, 2021.
5 stars honestly aren’t even enough! We found Matt in April 2020 when I had severely procrastinated finding a photographer for our original wedding date of 10/10/2020 and it seemed like everyone else was getting married that day and after countless messages to photographers asking if they were available I sent one to Matt and Teri thinking their response would be the same “Sorry, we’re already booked” but luck was on our side that day and they had just become available. Honestly, I wish I would have just reached out to the, from the beginning instead of trying to find someone else. From the first video call we had with them we knew we needed Matt to photograph our day and the day after that call we officially booked him and could not wait until October….well queue COVID cases going up and us deciding to have a small wedding where we had a family member photograph that so we could save Matt for the big party, we knew as soon as we decided to postpone that no what we had to find a day that worked with Matt. I’m so happy we found a day that worked with his schedule because I’m not sure there’s another photographer that would have been able to put up with our wedding party and all of our shenanigans and captured them as well as he did. With Matt it doesn’t just feel like you have some strange photographer following you around all day, and I literally mean all day, even to CVS when you forget your makeup brushes at home and need to buy new ones, it feels like you’re just hanging out with one of your friends. Ever since our couples session we felt like we had known Matt forever, that’s how comfortable he makes you feel. He works with your awkwardness whether it’s both of you that are awkward or both of you, and if you have a stubborn Saint Bernard he'll even get them to cooperate for pictures. We cannot wait to work with Matt and Teri in the future for all of our important moments that we will need pictures for and we would pick them again a million times over!
Mary Katherine Hoag
Mary Katherine Hoag
October 22, 2021.
Matt, Terri and the team are the absolute best! They were fantastic to work with leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day. Matt did a phenomenal job organizing our families for pictures and made the process so much fun. Our photos turned out so beautiful and our album is even better than we imagined. Matt Mead photography should be your choice for wedding photography.
Andrea Evanoff
Andrea Evanoff
October 13, 2021.
10/10 recommend MM photography! From the very beginning we knew that we made the right choice in choosing Matt. We had a couples session/engagement session included in our package and it was awesome to use for save-the-dates and other pre-wedding things. It was snowing and freezing on the day of our engagement session and the photos still turned out great! On the day of our wedding Matt and Kayla were amazing. They talked us through everything and it was a breeze. I loved the mix of candid photos as well as more portrait style photos. All were beautiful!
Marley Euliano
Marley Euliano
October 13, 2021.
Truly the best in the wedding photography game! Matt and his level of dedication, quality of work and responsiveness are just some of the things that make him far and beyond the best photographer out there. Matt and his wife Teri gave us nothing short of the best experience surrounding our wedding photos. They came out absolutely exquisite. Not to mention, he directed our day perfectly and gave us the right amount of guidance as to "what's next" both in structure of day and photographs! Thank you a million Matt Mead photography team! We love you guys!!!!

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