About Matt Ray

It began with a few disposable cameras, no budget, and a passion to preserve the memories of my travels. Over 15 years later, with a beautiful wife and a wide-eyed little girl, my dedication to capturing memories has only grown. Unforgettable moments are found far beyond the scenic route of the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are found in the subtle look a father gives his daughter before she walks the aisle, the instant a toddler takes his mothers hand while walking, or simply a tear falling from grandmothers face. Every day is filled with these moments, but being there and catching them is an art. We take the art of “being there” seriously, while having a lot of fun in the process.


Matt was seriously the best photographer we could have asked for for our wedding day. His attention to detail and ability to capture moments I never would have thought of was amazing. Our pictures are unique, really showcase our personalities and so perfectly capture the fun and joy of our day. If I could pick our wedding photographer over again, I’d pick Matt and his amazing second shooter, Carolyn, every time. Plus, he completely rocked the role of “pastographer.” He married us and took the most beautiful pictures too. Choose Matt. You won’t regret it!

- Samantha J.

My fiancé and I were able to schedule our engagement pictures with Matt, and it was the BEST decision we ever made! He was flexible, up for a fun shoot, comfortable to be around, and had the best locations! The pictures came out incredible! His style is clean, and he’s able to help with posing and finding the perfect spot for the best possible pictures. Without a doubt we would use him again and would highly recommend him to our friends and family. Thank you Matt for brining our ideas to real life, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

- Emily H.

Matthew photographed my granddaughter and myself. He is easy to talk to and with. He understood what we were looking for, and we could not be more pleased. He is very professional and would recommend him to anyone.

- George D.

Matt Ray Photography was highly recommended from a friend of my daughter. Matt was awesome every step of the way. Planning a wedding at the Riverwalk in Wilmington from Burlington, NC was very stressful but he was always helpful with suggestions since knows the area better than we do. He was able to capture precious moments that Meagan and JR will never forget! We appreciate everything you and your staff did to make our day so memorable. Thank you again!

- Jenny F.