St. Vincent

Holy Shit and wow; is St. Vincent amazing!  Easily my favorite show of 2014 so far and one of the ...



Lorde is one of the hottest stars in music today.  She is also one of the youngest and what is ...


Nine Inch Nails

Without a doubt, the best show I saw in 2013 and quite possibly the best show I’ve ever seen was ...


Selena Gomez

Opportunities for a Dad to look “cool” in the eyes of his kids do not come along often.  When those ...


Tim Daly

Actor Tim Daly poses for a portrait at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah 2014.

Sundance Film Festival

Glenn Close

Glenn Close at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah 2014.


William H. Macy

Actor and Director William H. Macy poses for a photo during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


Elijah Wood

(L-R) Producer Josh C. Waller, actor Elijah Wood and producer Daniel Noah pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance ...



Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers poses for a photo during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at Park City, ...

Cage The Elephant EndSession

Cage the Elephant stopped by the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle to perform an acoustic EndSession hosted by 107.7 The ...

Jane’s Addiction at Pain In The Grass

Before the Jane’s Addiction concert at the Gorge Amphitheater during the KISW Pain in the Grass music festival I had ...

Pink at Key Arena in Seattle

This was a BIG show put on by Pink during the Truth About Love Tour at Key Arena in Seattle ...

Joe Satriani

It was a great privilege getting to see Joe Satriani play the guitar up close and personal during his performance ...

Sleigh Bells at Showbox Market

Sleigh Bells.  What a band.  This show represents the 3rd time I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph Sleigh Bells.  The ...

Heart at Bumbershoot

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart perform on stage with special guests Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Jason Bonham ...

Charles Bradley performs at Bumbershoot 2013

The amazing Charles Bradley performed during the Bumbershoot Music Festival on August 31, 2013.  I was unable to catch his ...

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Bumbershoot

One of my favorite bands Thao and the Get Down Stay down spent all day at Bumbershoot August 31, 2013. ...

The National at Paramount Theater in Seattle

The National performs on stage at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on September 20, 2013.

Alice In Chains at Pain In The Grass

Alice In Chains closed out the Pain In The Grass music festival hosted by KISW at the Gorge Amphitheater in ...

Russell Brand Messiah Complex

As an entertainment photographer I find myself in some fairly unique scenarios on a somewhat regular basis.  Comedian Russell Brand ...

Danko Jones at Pain In The Grass

Danko Jones performs on stage at the Gorge Amphitheater during the KISW Pain In The Grass music festival on September ...

Allen Stone at Bumbershoot 2013

Seattle native Allen Stone dominated the stage during the 2013 Bumbershoot music festival.

Jake Bugg at Neptune Theater in Seattle 09.26.13

Jake Bugg performed on stage at the Neptune Theater in Seattle on September 26, 2013.

Coheed and Cambria at Pain In The Grass

Coheed and Cambria performed on the main stage during the KISW Pain in the grass music festival at the Gorge ...

Adam Carolla live podcast taping at Neptune in Seattle

Adam Carolla recorded two podcasts for his site at the Neptune Theater in Seattle on October 12, 2013.  I ...

Paramore @ Key Arena 10.15.13

Paramore put on one of the best shows of 2013 in Seattle as far as I’m concerned.  Exploding with energy, ...

Gary Numan at Bumbershoot 08.31.13

Not only did Gary Numan put on the best show of Bumbershoot 2013 in my opinion it was one of ...

Watershed 2013

Country fans know how to party.  There is just no other way to put it.  The vibe at a country ...

Sir Paul McCartney with Nirvana

Sir Paul McCartney put on one of the most epic performances in Seattle history on July 19, 2013.  Playing through ...

New Politics at Summer Camp

New Politics put on one of the best shows of the year in my opinion.  Summer Camp hosted by 107.7 ...

Postal Service

The Postal Service performs at Key Arena in Seattle on July 18, 2013.

Robert DeLong EndSession

Robert DeLong showed up at Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA early on March 16, 2013 to perform an EndSession called ...

Portugal. the man

Portugal. the man had a busy day in Seattle on July 17, 2013 and I was there to capture it ...


Phoenix performed an intimate EndSession for 107.7 The End at Von Trapps on Capitol Hill in Seattle before their sold ...

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes performed during an acoustic doghouse for 100.7 The Wolf at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, WA on ...



MS MR performed in studio at 107.7 The End then later in the year at Marymoor Park during Summer Camp.  ...


George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic perform on stage at Showbox Market in Seattle, WA on March 23, 2013.

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums perform an EndSession hosted by 107.7 The End at the Gibson Showroom in Seattle, WA on ...

Duff McKagen: It’s so easy and other lies

Duff McKagen performs on stage at the Moore Theater in Seattle while filming the biographical documentary It’s so easy and ...

Courtney Love

Courtney Love of Hole performs on stage at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA on 07.23.13.


Ashley and Lam Wedding

Ashley and Lam were married in beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon on August 5, 2013.  It was my privilege to be ...

Mickey Avalon at Showbox Market

I’m not one to normally seek out and cover hip hop.  It just isn’t my thing.  However, when I heard ...

5 Finger Death Punch

5 Finger Death punch completely annihilated the main stage at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA during the Rockstar ...

Rob Zombie

The 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festival hosted at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA featured Rob Zombie as ...

Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour in Seattle 06.01.13

Kenny Chesney put on a GIANT show at Century Link Field on June 1, 2013.


Eric Church at Century Link Field

Eric Church performed before Kenny Chesney at Century Link Field in Seattle, WA during the No Shoes Nation Tour on ...

Acoustic set with Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden

Ben Shepherd and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden played an acoustic set hosted by 99.9 KISW for a very small group ...


Red Carpet

Images from the Red Carpet at various events around Seattle including Game of Thrones, Aston Manor, Seattle International Film Festival, ...

Passion Pit 03.05.13

Before their sold out show at the Paramount Theater, Passion Pit stopped by the Caffe Vita training loft for a ...


I had no idea what I was getting into shooting a Morrissey concert.  It must be the lack of iron ...

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.  A truly amazing, powerful and authentic performance that ...


Rihanna performed at Key Arena April 3, 2013.  She was beautiful of course and all of her dance moves were ...

Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim are about as much fun as any band I’ve encountered.  On stage Kim never stops smiling while ...

Neon Trees at Key Arena

Neon Trees opened for Maroon 5 at Key Arena on March 11, 2013

The Neighbourhood End Session

02.23.13 The Neighbourhood stopped by the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle for an End Session.  I was allowed to shoot ...

Soundgarden at Paramount in Seattle 02.08.13

Check another band off my bucket list.  Soundgarden has been one of my favorite bands since I was a teenager.  ...

MUSE @ Key Arena in Seattle 02.01.13

This was one of the biggest shows I’ve ever shot.  MUSE worked their massive stage like true showmen and put ...

Father John Misty

One of my favorite artists of 2013 is Joshua Tillman of Father John Misty. On January 27, 2013 Josh performed ...

Nate Ruess

FUN @ Paramount 02.05.13

FUN performs at Paramount Theater in Seattle on February 5, 2013.

Darius Rucker Acoustic Doghouse 01.18.13

Darius Rucker performs an acoustic doghouse for 100.7 The Wolf at the Gibson Showroom in Seattle on January 18, 2013.


Seamless white background portraits with a very dynamic red haired model named Whitney.



For the greatest adventure of my life I flew to Tanzania in East Africa.  For two weeks I camped out ...

100.7 The Wolf Hometown Holiday

At the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma Seattle country music station 100.7 The Wolf brought in Little Big Town, Thompson ...

T’was the night after Deck featuring the Shins

I had photographed James Mercer a few times over the last couple of years.  A couple times with Broken Bells ...

The Killers at Deck the Hall Ball

As the primary photographer for 107.7 The End I am granted a lot of great access to photograph artists in ...

Metric at Deck the Hall Ball

Of all the bands playing Deck the Hall Ball I was most excited to shoot Metric.  I knew very little ...

AWOLNATION @ Deck the Hall Ball

This was the 3rd time I had photographed AWOLNATION in the last year or two.  Each time they get measurably ...

Passion Pit at Deck the Hall Ball

Passion Pit brought an enthusiastic, energy filled show to the Key Arena stage during the Deck the Hall Ball hosted ... (2)

Grouplove at Deck the Hall Ball

Sounds kind of dirty when I type it.  The band Grouplove…get your mind out of the gutter!  I love Grouplove!  ... (2)

The Lumineers

I first met the Lumineers the day before their self titled album was released.  Not knowing anything about them at ... (2)

Of Monsters and Men at Deck the Hall Ball 2012

Of Monsters and Men put on a great performance in front of a sold out crowd at Key Arena for ...

The Joy Formidable at Deck the Hall Ball

Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas of The Joy Formidable traveled from  Wales (home of Tom Jones) to start ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers 11.15.12 @ Key Arena Seattle

The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at Key Arena in Seattle, WA on Thursday 11.15.12.  RHCP has been one of ...

Bosnian Rainbows at the 2012 City Arts Festival

Bosnian Rainbows featuring Omar Rodgriguez Lopez on guitar, Teri Gender Bender on vocals, Nicci Kasper on keyboard and Deantoni Parks ...

Smashing Pumpkins in Everett, WA 10.10.12

Smashing Pumpkins played in Everett, WA at Comcast Arena on 10.10.12.  It was the most bizarre photo pass I had ...

Seattle Concert Photographer Mat Hayward: Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood @ Key Arena 10.06.12

By default I don’t shoot a lot of country music.  That being said, when 100.7 The Wolf in Seattle asked ...

M83 at Bumbershoot 2012

French electronic rock band M83 in concert on the main stage at Key Arena during the Seattle music festival Bumbershoot ...

Garbage at Showbox Sodo 09.26.12

A sold out crowd at Showbox Sodo was witness to an intense, sexy and all around solid performance by rock ...

Super Geek League at Bumbershoot 2012

It is rare for me to have my mind blown any more.  Sometimes I feel so jaded I don’t think ...

Saul Williams at the Triple Door

Saul Williams gave a very intimate performance at the Triple Door Theater in Seattle September 17, 2012.  I was fortunate ...

Gutter Glitter

Gutter Glitter based out of Eugene, OR made the trip to Seattle for an early morning promo portrait shoot downtown. ...

Jane’s Addiction 09.01.12 Bumbershoot

You can tell by a quick glance at my site that I love music and that I have been up ...

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells at Showbox Sodo 08.28.12


August 28, 2012:  Swedish hard core punk band Refused exploded on the Showbox Sodo stage with a fierce level of ...

A sold out crowd at the Summer End Camp hosted by 107.7 The End.

Summer End Camp 2012

Seattle radio station 107.7 The End really knows how to throw a party!  On a gorgeous, sunny day at Marymoor ...

Jack White at WaMu Theater in Seattle 08.14.12

Shooting Jack White in Seattle presented one of the best opportunities for shooting a high profile show and one of ...

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple performed in front of a very enthusiastic sold out crowd at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on July ...


ReignWolf tore up the stage at both Barboza and Neumos during day 2 of the Capitol Hill Block Party.  If ...



The Triple Door Theater in Seattle is arguably the best stage in the Northwest.  The sound is flawless, the lights ...


Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons was the main event for the Deck the Hall Ball.  It was a massive show hosted by ...



This was a somewhat surreal show for me to shoot.  As long as I can remember I’ve loved Motörhead so the ...


Wild African Lion

The wild lions in Tanzania are about the most amazing creatures as I have ever laid my eyes on.  For ...


Florence and the Machine

Not many performers give me goose bumps with their voice.  Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is one that ...


Cage the Elephant

If you ever get the chance to see Cage the Elephant in concert you would be out of your mind ...


Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys are slowly and deliberately taking over the world!

Sandra Bernhard

I knew I would be shooting some portraits of the hilarious comedy icon Sandra Bernhard at some point in time ...


Mark my words, I’m typing this on July 12, 2012.  By this time next year Kimbra will be a household ...



Gotye performed in Seattle twice in 2012.  Both shows are represented in these images.  The first was at the Showbox ...

Temper Trap

Temper Trap surprised passers by with a quick concert in the rain at the Pike Place Market before their show ...








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Nijo Sushi

Nijo Sushi in Seattle


My Goodness

Seattle rock duo My Goodness.


Random Fun Photos




Seattle Mariners


Ryan and Madison


LeRoy Bell

LeRoy Bell in concert at the Triple Door Theater in Seattle, WA




Katie B

My friend Katie Boer is a great news anchor in Spokane, WA.  These are a few images we shot at ...



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Kali and Dan

The Holly Farm in Carmel, CA


Hillbilly Farm Family


Grandma’s Cookies!


Red Eyed Tree Frogs

Much to the chagrin of my Bride Lea I’ve had Red Eyed Tree frogs off an on for a number ...



Personalized Health and Fitness


Pooch Pics

I love photographing dogs!  It can be very challenging but with the right environment and coaxing the reward is well ...




Dim Sum at Wild Ginger in Bellevue

Wild Ginger at the Bravern serves Dim Sum on Saturday and Sunday during the day. These are some images of ...


Triple Door Dessert

The Triple Door on 3rd and Union is a great place to see a show.  Not just because of the ...



Portraits of the beautiful Debbie throughout the streets of San Francisco.  Email Mat: to book your on-location portrait session ...


David and Cortney



Seattle metal band Brokaw.  Email Mat: to book a photography session for your band today!


Bleed Together

All female Soundgarden Tribute band Bleed Together.  Email Mat today to book a portrait session for your band:



San Francisco Ballerina Lydia and I found a great spot near the Golden Gate Bridge for a handful of portraits.  ...

Wild African Elephants

TEMBO! The wild African Elephants I encountered in Tanzania were awe inspiring.  It was a true privilege to encounter them ...

Coldplay Confetti


What a show Coldplay put on for the sold out crowd at Key Arena on April 25, 2012.

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My favorite part of photographing food…eating it!  If you book me to shoot your food I insist on eating it ...


Andrea and Reid

A great wedding day at Newcastle Golf Club.  Getting married in the Seattle area?  Email Mat today!


Andersen Family

Ready for family portraits?  Email Mat today!  


5 Point

Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929.  Looking for breakfast in Seattle?  The 5 Point Cafe is where you’ve got to go!

Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups performed an intimate End Session at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, WA.


Wild African Zebra

Traveling through Tanzania one animal I saw nearly everywhere I went was the beautiful Zebra.  I was surprised to hear ...


Young the Giant

I have been fortunate enough to photograph Young the Giant several times over the last couple of years.  They put ...



I did not think I was going to enjoy this show going in to it.  All I knew about Yelle ...

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The XX in concert at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.


X Japan

Japanese Heavy Metal Band X Japan performs on stage at the Paramount Theater in Seattle during their first ever North ...


Woodland Park Zoo

It is a true privilege to volunteer at the amazing Woodland Park Zoo as a photographer.


The Tubes

The Tubes put on an epic performance in Seattle, WA at the Triple Door Theater.


Social Distortion

Social Distortion played a small, private show for 107.7 The End at the Crocodile in Seattle, WA.


Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg in concert at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, WA.


The Shins

James Mercer of the Shins played a great acoustic End Session at the Red Hook Brewery a couple of weeks ...



Poison opened for Motley Crue at the Tacoma Dome in Seattle, WA  


Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers is quite simply put..the man.  His career has been an inspiration to Lord only knows how many people.  ...


Papa Roach

I was particularly excited to shoot Papa Roach at the Showbox.  I had worked with Jacoby’s brother in Sacramento for ...


Of Monsters and Men

After their End Session for 107.7 The End I snapped some photos of the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.  ...


New York Dolls

New York Dolls in concert at the Tacoma Dome.


Mötley Crüe

When I was about 11 years old Mötley Crüe released the album Shout at the Devil.  I listened to it so ...

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Mickey Avalon

Technically speaking, I wasn’t photographing this show.  I was more about security.  During a dark time in my life I ...


Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney is a guy I can’t help but like.  First of all, he’s from my home town of Eugene, ...

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Ice Cube

Rap musician Ice Cube performs on stage at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on July 14,


Wild African Hippopotamus

It is commonly known that the hippo kills more humans in Africa than any other animal.  What isn’t as widely ...


Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins performs Spoken word at the Triple Door April 6, 2011.


Head and the Heart

The first time I saw Head and the Heart perform it was on a small stage at Elysian Brewery.  The ...


Hall and Oates

A Blast from the past at Bumbershoot 2011.  Hall and Oates headlined the festival and rocked out to some of ...



Grouplove is one of the bands I’ve had the most fun photographing of all time!  This site was updated with ...

Foster the People

Photographs of Foster the People in concert at the WaMu Theater in Seattle


Washington State Bald Eagles

Every year during the months of December and January the Skagit River in Washinton State hosts the 2nd largest gathering ...


Dropkick Murphys

Photographs of the Dropkick Murphy’s at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington



Photographs of Legendary Rock Band Devo in concert at the Moore Theater in Seattle, Washington March 15, 2011.  


Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie performs at the Deck the Hall Ball for 107.7 The End in on December 7, 2011.


Wild African Cheetah

As a young boy I was bullied mercilessly.  My secret fantasy was to have a pet cheetah to walk to ...


Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley put on a powerful performance during the 2011 Bumbershoot Music Festival.  I had goosebumps from start to finish!


Cape Buffalo

Talk about an unfriendly looking animal!  The Cape Buffalo in Tanzania was definitely the champion of the stink eye.  Seen ...


Black Keys

Images of the Black Keys performing at WaMu Theater during Deck the Hall Ball December 8, 2010 and headlining at ...


Seattle Storm


Vista Grill Girls


Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez performs on stage at the Triple Door Theater in Seattle on July 23, 2011.