Matt Zamaites

Get to know me

I started getting into photography when I moved from Seattle to continue my education in computer science at UWM. While waiting for the fall semester to start, I purchased a nice camera to take along on adventures to national parks around the United States. I instantly became addicted to photography and improving my skill. I brought my camera EVERYWHERE with me. Not too long after camping at a few national parks and posting my images online, Sheryl and Adam asked me if I was interested in tagging along to a wedding. I never thought of photography being a career and definitely wouldn’t have thought about shooting in the fast-paced world of weddings. It was just an insanely passionate hobby and weddings sounded very stressful from others in the industry that I’d spoken with. But I decided to give it a shot and instantly fell in love with it. The ability to capture the happiness and raw emotions made it exciting for me, not hard work or stressful at all! I couldn’t wait to shoot my second wedding and continue this journey.

Five years later and each wedding is just as exciting as the first. I get to celebrate the happiest day of two families coming together and I couldn’t picture a better career! It’s so much fun learning about each couple and their families – it really adds to the story behind the photos.

Any upcoming travel plans!?
I’m most excited for my trip to Hong Kong to visit a friend there and explore all of the sights and enjoy the delicious foods!
Where do you most hope to visit?
I’d absolutely love to visit New Zealand, mostly the Milford Sound there 🙂


What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
I want to reach the summit of every mountain before I die, or at least see them all.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Ice cold Coca~Cola on the rocks 🙂


How many cheeseburgers is too many cheeseburgers?
Until you hate yourself… then a couple more 🙂
 What happened on your worst date?
I was taught all about the different brands of sewing machines.


If you were forced to relive one 10-minute block of your life again and again for all eternity, what 10 minutes of your life would you choose?
Being on top of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and seeing the world around me from 14,000 ft. up.
What’s the best and worst thing about getting older?
The best is becoming more patient, the worst is the bags under my eyes 🙁


What is the “holy grail” of your life?
Breathing the fresh air of the mountains!
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
My favorite blogged couple
Enjoy my family session so you can better envision your time with me!

Kind words

“We really can’t thank Matt and Jess enough for their work during the WHOLE day – you kept us laughing, you were there when we needed you, and you also kept up with our fun (but crazy) family and bridal party. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! When it comes to the cold, if we could do an engagement session in -6 degrees we were ok with a night shot! 😀 haha!

WOW! These are just great. Thank you so much for everything – we truly had the most amazing day. We showed our families these, and you could just hear everyone saying, “Ooooooo” “ahhhhhhh” “oh my gosh!” haha it was great.


-Emily & Logan

“I just wanted to say again how we ABSOLUTELY love the pictures. They are beyond amazing and spectacular. We have no regrets in the decision we made. Like you said, it is so worth waiting as every picture has such amazing quality. The lighting, color, and just editing detail is so noticeable on every picture and it does not go unrecognized. I know other people who got married and had their pictures within a week but when I look at mine now, there is SUCH a difference. Thank you so so much! We are so beyond happy. Wades words were, “they look amazing. I am so glad we decided to go with them. Best choice.” That is exactly what I think also!
We will be referring you to everybody. A matter of fact, Wade’s cousin already booked you for next June! Maybe we will see you again then!”

-Devin & Wade

“Words can’t describe how much fun we had with you two at our wedding! You made our day so special and we are forever grateful. Thank you for capturing our day and helping our crazy big wedding party pose so nicely. Thank you for your generous gift certificate & canvas.”

– Jaclynn & Ryan

“Words can not describe how in love we are with our photographs!! Thank you Thank you THANK YOU! 🙂 We love them all so much. We are going to keep staring at them and will let you know what ones we decide for our canvas and voucher prints!! Thank you again, we all love them so much!”
-Jaclynn & Ryan

“We hired SB Photography and Design for our wedding, and couldn’t have been happier! Matt and Keri did a great job capturing all of the must-have moments, and were creative in so many other shots, plus patient with our large and semi-chaotic family. They made sure our day was special, and we could enjoy the memories for years to come. Highly recommend!!”

-Abby & Andrew

“SB is the BEST! From start to finish, they were wonderful to work with. Finding a photographer who we believed would capture our wedding day in a way that met our high expectations was stressful! With SB we found photographers, Matt and Erin, who not only took BEAUTIFUL pictures that we’ll cherish forever, but who we genuinely enjoyed having by our side throughout the day. I can’t imagine not having them at our wedding! I HIGHLY recommend you stop your search now and hire this incredible company. And if you request Matt and Erin, I promise you will feel like you’re spending your wedding day with 2 of your closest friends in addition to having pictures that exceed your wildest dreams!”

-Jessica & Elric

“You guys had me crying while at work. I CANNOT thank you all enough for your hard work and absolutely amazing skills in capturing all of the emotions of our wedding day. I am speechless! We are so in love with each photo you took and are going to HIGHLY RECOMMEND you guys to everyone! Thank you so so SO much for everything!”

-Jenna & Ryan


“Absolutely amazing team! Matt and Kara fit right in with our goofy personalities and caught all of our funny, gorgeous and lasting memories of our big day! Absolutely gorgeous pictures and amazing work!”

-Jenna & Ryan

“I can’t say enough good things about this photography company. When first searching for a photographer, I spoke with Sheryl via e-mail and she was so responsive and attentive to all of my questions. After that, I mostly spoke with our head photographer, Matt, who is one of the most genuine/caring/nice guys you would ever want to meet. Not only is he all of the above things, but he also LOVES taking pictures and is exceptionally good at it. Jessica, our other photographer, was so much fun and so wonderful to work with as well. Matt and Jessica worked together perfectly and delivered the most gorgeous pictures with lots of fun poses and cool backgrounds. We cannot stop looking at the sneak peak pictures and are really looking forward to seeing the rest of our photos. Finally, the website that they have put together should be a first stop for anyone trying to plan a wedding. I was lost trying to plan a day of timeline, but thanks to SB’s site, it was one of the easier things that I did in prep for the wedding. Anyone would be lucky to have SB Photo and Design as their wedding photographer!”

-Kristin & Gus

“When it came to planning our wedding, one thing that was super important to us was the photographer and we are so glad we chose SB Photography and Design. From the beginning, SB Photography was so organized, easy to work with, and their customer service is above and beyond! We got to know our lead photographer, Matt, prior to the wedding because he shot our engagement photos. After that experience and seeing those pictures, we knew we wouldn’t want anyone else to take our wedding photos! Matt and Keri were great on the day of the wedding. They came prepared and helped make sure everything ran smoothly by giving us great direction to get the best photos possible. They totally exceeded our expectations. Our pictures turned out more beautiful than we could have dreamed! So many of our family and friends have expressed how much they enjoyed our wedding photographers and we have to agree. Choosing SB Photography and Design was honestly one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. We can’t wait to come back to SB Photography and Design for any other professional photos we want taken in the future!”

-Lizzy & Connor

“We had Matt and Kara as the photographers for our wedding, and they were incredible!! Definitely the best vendors we had for our wedding, and we could not be happier with our photos. They made sure to get our must-have photos while also coming up with super creative ideas for poses and backgrounds. Our bridal party had so much fun with them throughout the day. They got our sneak preview to us fast, and the rest of the photographs in about six weeks. SB Photography and Design as a company is amazingly thorough answering so many wedding planning questions through their website. They were always very prompt with all their communication. We highly recommend them to everyone!!”

-Katie & Nick

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