Hi, my name is Matt and I take portraits of athletes. I love sports… I always have. Unfortunately I wasn’t ever very good at them. One thing I was good at, however, was art. So, I went to college at Western Kentucky University and majored in studio art. When I got out I got a job as a graphic designer for 7 years, all in the sports industry. I started dating my wife while working at the University of Kentucky Athletics department, and after a year of driving 4 hours every weekend back home to see her I decided to quit and move back home (Paducah, KY). Pretty quickly after I made this harsh decision I picked up photography. Because of my design background it wasn’t that big of a transition. Naturally, I gravitated towards sports. I’ve tried just about every other kind of photography along the way, but this is where my heart is… Sports photography. I love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love taking pictures and helping people, so if whether you are in need of sports photos or photography advice don’t hesitate to give me a call or email.
I was published in Graphic Design USA Magazine’s July/August 2010 Inhouse Design Awards Annual for some of my work at the University of Kentucky. I have also received various other awards over my career, including two consecutive COSIDA Awards for Nation’s Best Swimming & Diving Media Guide Cover and the Nation’s Best Postseason Guide Cover for my 2009 Liberty Bowl Guide. More recently I had all 3 of my pieces submitted make the gallery showing at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference (only 24 were chosen), and I won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Keynote on May 22nd, 2012. Also, I won the "Most Creative Award" at the Westcott Shootout at the 2012 Photoshop World in Las Vegas. I have been selected as an "Editors Pick of the Week" three times on the National Association of Photoshop Professions web site. Last, but cettainly not least, I am very excited to be chosen as a F.J. Westcott Top Endorsed Pro this year. You can see my profile at https://westcottu.com/author/matt-hernandez