About Me

I was born in Hackensack NJ on July 12, 1988. I grew up in Paramus, NJ until the age of 12 when my parents decided to make the move to Howell Township, NJ to be closer to family. My father was extremely hard working while my mother was a stay at home Mom.  In 1996, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and was only given 5 years to live at the time. As a young boy, I spent most of my days in the hospital and grew close with my Mom.

 

After making the move to Howell Township, I attended Howell Township schools until sophomore year of high school when I made the unconventional decision to leave school and pursue my dream of becoming a photographer. After leaving high school, I quickly learned that making a full time career out of photography wasn’t as easy as I thought.

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Until I opened up my business in 2016, I worked many different jobs while pursuing the dream. NYC construction worker, pool service technician, valet attendant, club manager, restaurant server, and tons of odd jobs. You name it, I most likely did it until I was able to support myself with photography full time. Five years later, I have worked with over 500+ clients and delivered well over 1 million images to my clients and have never looked back.

 

The question I get asked all the time is what made me choose wedding photography rather then anything else with photography. It’s a pretty easy answer.  I love the satisfaction from being able to capture one of the most important days in someone’s life. There are not many other days in people’s lives where there will be so much positive energy and raw emotions. Happiness, excitement, nervousness, joy - whatever the emotion, I love just being along for the ride and capturing it all.

I married my wife Azahria on January 15, 2018. We got married at The Park Chateau in East Brunswick NJ. We now currently live in Wall Township NJ with our 3 dogs who are all boxers. My wife and I very simple people. We enjoy being at home spending time with our dogs over a good home cooked meal. 

On May 25, 2021 after a 25+ year battle with my mother passed away from cancer. I contribute my photography career to my Mother. She was my best friend and person who supported me when nobody else gave me a chance. She was always in my corner to leave high school and pursue my dream. 

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As of fall 2021, I have recently made the decision as of late 2021 to close my photography books indefinitely. I’m currently only accepting friends or family referrals only. However, I will be searching for some select couples / people to work with in the near future on some non-fee based passion projects of mine. Please follow me on instagram @kphotoweddings if you are interested in having the chance to work with me.

Contact Me

Matthew James Kirchhof

Kirchhof.matt@gmail.com

732-966-4340