Matthew Franklin Carter
Commercial + Editorial Portrait Photographer
Greenville, SC

To borrow words from the great designer Milton Glaser, I want to make photographs that inform and delight.

I come from a long line of men who care about their hair. I'm southern and have the manners, drawl and pocket knife to prove it. I've been married for for the better part of 20 years to my wife Carla and she completes me. She's an amazing graphic designer and she lets me have a desk right beside her. We have a 12 year old daughter named Scout. She is the coolest person I've ever met. She plays the upright bass, ukulele and can sing like nobody's business. We also have a wee baby named Charlie. To date, he's proven to be really good at eating and sleeping. I will keep you updated on his progress as a human.

We have 8, errrr 2 chickens, now. They make us breakfast. Not like that. Eggs, people. C'mon! We used to have one cat. His name was Phineas. He was a non-contributing member of society. 

I've been a drummer for 30 years or so and like most first loves, I hold a special place in my heart for it. Like the photography sets we build, I love setting everything up and hate tearing it all down. Similarly, like my camera equipment, my drum kit is a healthy mix of really old fragile stuff that I love and new fancy gear. Film, digital, medium format, mirrorless, old drums, new cymbals; they're just tools and all have their place.

I'll probably never own a Leica. I grew up on Nikons. I'm madly in love with Fujifilm, Mamiya and Hasselbald cameras. There's magic in every Polaroid photograph. I hope to just shoot a wooden field camera when I'm old. Just portraits of my wife, children and grandchildren.

I am thankful for the clients who've chosen to entrust their projects with me.

I am thankful for a God who loves me.


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