Hey there - I'm Aly! I am so glad that you stumbled upon my little nook on the internet. I'm a full-time wedding photographer that travels all over to serve amazing and beautiful couples for their wedding day!
I live in Texas with my husband, Alexander, and our 2 dogs, Stout & Chardonnay, and our 2 cats, Pilsner & Scotch! I primarily serve the Texas Hill Country and the Houston areas, but I never say no for a trip outside of Texas.
During my sessions, I do anything and everything I can do to capture my couples' love, raw emotion, and genuine laughter to be documented for a lifetime.
With a background in communication, I have a way of directing couples through their sessions that allows them to fall even more in love with every pose and prompt.
My family and friends have my heart. Our moments and memories together are my favorite.
My favorite moment at every wedding is the first look. It is such a private and sentimental experience.
Fresh flowers are beautiful at weddings and in everyday life. They're the way to my heart.
As a professional wedding photographer, romantic moments are simply my favorite.
My journey began when I was back in high school. I was sitting in my English class and my teacher assigned us a video project. I was so excited! I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew that I could figure it out.
After the first video, I knew I was hooked. I began researching camera gear to try and find what was best for me. I got my first camera when I was 15 and I took off from there. I began watching videos to learn and grow my camera skills. I was fascinated by what I could create with just the click of a camera.
But it wasn't always easy. After high school, I went off to college and then I ended up getting a full-time job in politics that had me move out to Charlotte, North Carolina. It was there that I discovered my love and passion for the wedding industry. I began bartending weddings at a local venue and at that point, I knew I needed to do whatever I could to be in the wedding industry.
I moved again to Chicago, Illinois where I ended up meeting the love of my life. After leaving Chicago and making my way back down to Houston, I began my journey into the wedding industry. After being laid off, I knew that this was my chance to fully dive into what I loved, wedding photography. I took it as an opportunity to start and grow my business.
Having a business was no easy journey; however, it is the greatest journey of a lifetime. To grow my business, I began investing into my education by having a mentor that taught me so much more than he could ever imagine. I began taking courses to grow my skillset and studied photography's technical side. In the photography world, the education is never ending. I am always finding new ways to grow my skillset and portfolio.
Although it was no easy journey, it is the adventure of a lifetime. I am doing what I love. Each and every couple that I meet reminds me of why I became a wedding photographer. The journey was worth it because I have never been happier in my life, than I am right now.
Aly Matei Photography has been featured in a diverse array of publications both in print and digital formats.
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"Aly did our engagement pictures and our wedding and WOW WHAT A BLESSING!! First, the engagement session was so fun and it's the best to get to know her sweet heart. She is always up for anything, and always wants to make sure you get what you want. The wedding...words can't describe how amazing she was!! She wrote out our timeline, was laid back when we weren't on time, kept everything running smoothly and most of all took absolutely amazing pictures. Y'all, you want her!!! Not only was she an amazing photographer, but also became such a sweet friend. We love you Aly!!!
"Aly was the BEST choice for photographer for our wedding! Not only did she work incredibly hard to get the shots that mattered most, she doubled as a wedding coordinator for us since ours totally dropped the ball. When she saw that we were frazzled, she jumped into action and started helping with the coordination while simultaneously getting amazing photos! She was fast with the edits and quick with responses.
Hire Aly, you won’t regret it!"
"Aly did a bridal session for me and she is incredible! She was very timely and professional with the spunkiest- fun personality that made being photographed so much easier than I thought it would be. Whenever I was thinking "what the heck do I do with my hands?!" Aly would graciously guide me in posing and it helped so much! Her turn around time with delivering my photo gallery was super fast and I loved every single photo in my gallery. I would highly recommend Aly Matei Photography"