Marnie Marie Photography opens a new chapter
This is a big year for Marnie Marie Photography. Not only is Marnie Matz celebrating 10 years in business as a photographer, she and her husband Philip Matz recently bought the building at 218 Locust St. (formerly Elan). Matz now has a huge studio and a small retail space, which she refers to as 18 Feet, because that’s how wide the space is.
“I want it to be fun, capes and tutu to fun frames and games that make people laugh,” said Matz. “We are really testing the waters with the retail shop.”
The big news for Matz is her creative space.
“I was a basement dweller,” said Matz with her mischievous grin, referring to the fact that her last three studio locations in downtown Hudson were all in basements. “Now I have to wear sunglasses.”
The move to the historic Locust Street building gives Matz an opportunity to explore even further her tagline, “It’s more than a photo. It’s the experience.”
Matz, a native of Sabin, Minn., found herself in Hudson due to love. That love didn’t work out but instead she found her husband Philip and a community she loves. Matz was a self-taught computer instructor, teaching classes at Best Buys, community colleges and for the State of Minnesota.
“I had never even carried a camera,” said Matz. “I found out wedding photo packages were very expensive so I did a trade out in order to have my wedding photos taken.” Matz worked for the photographer for two years to pay for her own wedding photos. It was the beginning of her new passion. For seven years she shot weddings every weekend, until her boys were born.
“I decided I didn’t want to miss out on their growing up,” said Matz. Today, she may only do five to 10 weddings a year.
Fast forward to March 29, the day she opened her new retail space and studio.
The studio has 10-foot ceilings, a first for her.
“Here I can create my own world,” said Marnie. The huge space provides her four walls of backdrops including the classic, wood, vintage metal and barn doors and white. A room adjacent to the studio is both a dressing room and the viewing room where customers may look at Matz’s creations.
The space also allows her to use lights to the best advantage but even if she is doing an outdoor session she brings them along.
“If you want the deep blue sky in photos, the pop lights are critical,” said Matz.
“By having the studio I get to control the light completely,” said Matz. “You get to create and highlight the things that are important.”
Matz is not about shooting a portrait and handing you a disc. Her passion goes well beyond this.
“My process is new for many of my clients,” said Matz. “We start with a consult. I like to learn about the people I am going to photograph. I want to know their story and why they want to be photographed. We talk about their home and where they will put the personal wall art.
“I ask ‘what do you want to feel when you look at your photo?’ I want to create something that you will be proud to have on your wall.”
Using state of the art software that allows Matz take photos of her clients’ walls, she can show you what her art will look like in your room.
“It is all about getting people to trust you,” said Matz. “My goal is to listen to them and bring out their confidence and show it back to them in an image.”
From students to senior citizens, Matz takes the time to get to know them all.
“I love photographing senior citizens. I am a historian. I document people’s lives. If I do my job you are going to look and understand what was going on in that moment. I want to create something for generations to remember.”
Matz is a big believer in community service as well. Along with her own efforts she has started a Senior Model program, where students earn credits for volunteering.
“I get very passionate about documenting people,” said Matz. “You never know what is going to happen tomorrow.”
Matz lives in Hudson with her husband Philip and their two sons, Gavin and Hudson.
Marnie Marie Photography, retail (18 Feet) is open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. All photo sessions are by appointment. She is assisted by Maria Mulfort.
For more information call 715-808-0357 or go to her website at www.marniemariephotography.com. Matz will be having a grand opening on April 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.