Matt Porteous, Photographer
What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
My alarm clock generally 🙂
What does your normal day look like?
Coffee, it always starts with coffee. Followed by a leisurely cycle for a day of edits and time with my team at the Studio_M which is always a lot of fun.
Location days I’ll be driving to photoshoots at home in Jersey or more often these days heading off early on the red eye flight for work in the UK and Europe.
How did you get to where you are today?
Good question. When I look at it now 10 years into my career and 25 years always with a camera in my hand.
The answers, passion, hard work, dedication, always being friendly, chatting and taking interest in people with a smile and never saying no. Don’t give up on dreams. Your dreams can and will come true. Give it 100% and don’t let anything get in the way.
What couldn’t you live your life without?
Adventure, travel, friends and my camera.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
It’s cliche but my Mum has been my biggest influence, she taught me to always smile and that anything is possible.
My team at the Studio_M, Without these guys nothing today would be possible.
I used to read and now listen to a lot of business and entrepreneur books by some of the worlds most influential people. Their vision in some ways connects with the way I see the world. If you open up to the world the world hears you.
I also have a small group of close friends that have been a big part of my development. I owe them thanks for being the open-minded crazy cats they are, and to my Fiancée, Mandy who has stood by and supported me for the last 9 years whilst my attention has been so focused on developing my career.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After leaving school with low GCSE grades I found myself encouraged to take up a “trade” career which I had no heartfelt connection to. My biggest challenge was finding the confidence and courage to pursue a different path, one I felt a passion for despite the lack of security in doing so at that time. Passion will always prevail.
The biggest challenge as a photographer was first building trust and connections, then keeping up with the workload as I refused to say No!
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
Be more confident. Don’t try to be great at everything! Focus on what your strengths and passions are and welcome other amazing people into your world to help you with the other bits along the way.
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