My Story


     “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

— Aaron Siskind


     Photography has always been a part of my life. I am one of those people who can easily take 2,000+ pictures when I go on vacation. Capturing moments is very important to me because life is so unpredictable. 

     My interest in photography came when I was very young. My uncle was a portrait photographer who had his own studio in Queens, New York. As a young child, I would always go to his studio. He would show me his cameras and lenses and even taught me how to develop film. He bought me my first digital camera when I was 13 years old and I thought it was terrific! I loved how you could see the photo instantaneously, unlike with film. 

     During high school, my photography interest peaked. I had an art teacher who took an interest in some of my pictures and encouraged me to enter one of my photographs into a local art show. I won third place for a photograph I took of a tree in my front yard. This win encouraged me to develop my photography skills further and enter more shows. 

     During college, I majored in Education. I took a slight break from photography, but never fully gave it up. Once I graduated and gained some more of my time back, I decided to go full force back into photography. I purchased a brand new DSLR camera, joined a local photo group and photography associations to help me further develop my skills. I eventually joined online sites, such as EyeEm and Getty Images, to display my work to a larger audience. Since joining those sites, I have had my work displayed by local resorts and tourism associations in the Pocono Mountains, both online and in a gallery. I have also had the opportunity to shoot on the set of an upcoming television series. 

      My interest in photography has led me to many amazing opportunities and great friendships! I love photography and capturing the beauty in the world around me. You never know what you can capture if you look close enough.

© Gina Matarazzo Photography

Uncle Mike

My photography inspiration