Since the Last Puck Drop

With the Erie Otters now in the off season a lot of you have been wondering what Matt Mead Photography LLC been up to since the final puck drop of the 2014-2015 season. We’ve been crazy busy:

Kickin’ it with The Watson Institute and The Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Special Kicks Clinic 2015 Watson Institute


Rollin’ with the Eerie Roller Girls

Eerie Roller Girl Sarah Mazzone


Glowin’ with United Services Corps

glow-run 2015 united service corp

Rockin’ out some amazing family sessions




But we’re not ones who “wine”….


…because we added residential real estate and a new commercial architecture client to the schedule.




Fear not, we’ve squeezed in some personal project time too!

erie yacht club aerial


We, at Matt Mead Photography LLC, hope the second half of the year keeps pace with the excitement of the first half. If you would like to be a part of it, you can reach us through our website, Facebook pageInstagram or in the comments section below.

Erie Otters Hockey 2014-2015: A Season to Remember

With the Erie Otters 2014-2015 season coming to a close this past Friday night, I’ve had the weekend to kind of sit and think about this past season and what it’s meant for the not only the LLC, but for the City of Erie in general. First off, I want to thank Mike Vitron; if you hadn’t given me this opportunity in 2013-2014, I wouldn’t have ever gotten in the door. Thanks also go to Aaron Cooney for sticking with the LLC and putting up with my nonsense all season. And finally thank you Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid for being such good sports during the Harley Shoot!


Photographing the Erie Otters has been an unreal opportunity for me. Since photographing for them, I’ve been published many times. Click here see one of my most recent photos published.

I’ve also gotten a lot of work based on what I’ve shot for the Erie Otters:

Watson-institute-skc Cross-ice-pic Erie-Ice-Wolves


Being team photographer for the Erie Otters means I’ve watched some amazing future NHL talent up close and personal, such as:

Dylan Strome



Kurtis MacDermid



Troy Donnay



Nick Baptiste



Remie Elli



Alex Debrincat



Devin Williams



I’ve had the honor to watch and photograph the best hockey player since Sidney Crosby — Red Tilson trophy winner, Connor McDavid.



And last but certainly not least, the best mascot in the Ontario Hockey League…..SHOOTER!!!



What has this Erie Otters amazing season meant to our city? Well, it brought us all together. In my 38 years on this rock, I’ve never seen Erie so united and cheering so loudly — not even in 2002, which was our last championship season. In a year in the City of Erie that has been marred by higher violent crime rates, it was refreshing to see everyone coming together and going nuts for our Western Conference Champs!


What have your experiences been with the boys of the Erie Otters this season? We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and comment below in the comments section or follow us on Facebook and leave some feedback there.

Life Through My Infrared Lens: Presque Isle State Park

The next stop, per the last blog post, on our infrared Erie, PA journey is Presque Isle State Park. The park is the jewel of the Pennsylvania State park system. It boasts 11+ beaches, a protected bay, a multitude of wild life (including two of my favorites: the bald eagles and snowy owls), and the best sunsets in the world! The best part is that Presque Isle is only minutes from my front door.

Without further ado, welcome to my infrared journey through the Presque Isle State Park:

Aerial View of Presque Isle State Park

Aerial View of Presque Isle State Park




View from the Feather Observation Deck



Road to Sunset Point



Presque Isle Bay



Walking Trails



The Feather Observation Deck

Take a Chance on Me: A Year In Review

With Year 2 officially in the books, I’ve had a chance over the last few days to sit back and reflect on just how good 2014 was for Matt Mead Photography LLC. I was inspired by a comment one of my peers made about how appreciative she is of the people who took a chance on her when she was first starting out on her own. The idea for this blog post was born while I was driving home from Ligonier and “Take a Chance on Me” by Abba came on my iPod.

Instead of writing a long retrospective with a list of our clients, I’m going to let the images from 2014 do the talking. We’ve run the gamut of architecture, portraits, micro –stock shoots, and of course my specialties: The Erie Otters, snowy owls on Presque Isle, and underwater photography.  So without further ado here is 2014: a thank you to our clients who took a chance on Matt Mead Photography LLC. I’m looking forward to an even better 2015.


Life through My Infrared Lens

If you have been following us on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed an increase in infrared photograph postings. A couple years back I decided to buy a gently used Canon EOS 60 D camera body and convert it to infrared. The poor soul basically sat on my shelf and collected dust for the better part of two years until I decided this year I needed to incorporate it into my other personal project, The Erie Project.


Throughout the year I’m going to photograph some of my favorite spots in the Erie area with both my regular and infrared camera bodies; highlighting the positives of my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.


The first stop on my journey is one close to home — Frontier Park.  It is really hard to believe that this place is located just 3 city blocks away from my house. When you are there, you would never know that there is anything resembling urban living within a hundred miles.


I could spend an entire week photographing there and never get bored with it.


There is Cascade Creek.


Plenty of open green space


Finally, my personal favorite, a calm pool where Cascade Creek enters Frontier Park.


These were all photographed with a Canon EOS 60 D camera body that was converted to Infrared, some with a variable Neutral Density filter and others without. I will write about photographing techniques plus post processing in Photoshop at a later date.

Next up…Presque Isle State Park.

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