Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Blog! www.mattsartain.com/blog

Hey Guys!

Shoot the Sun Down is no longer!  But, all this content, as well as all my ongoing new content will be over at my website blog.  You can get there by going to my website www.mattsartain.com and clicking on the blog.

Thanks and I'll see you over there!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

After Yoga

In continuation with my series about the things I love most about California this image is an ode to the mighty Pacific.  There are breathtaking views all along the coast and this is one of my favorites.  Just right near where I live the Marin Headlands end in cliffs giving way to the ocean.

In this shot Lindsey Tjian, an avid climber and yoga enthusiast, takes in the view after her sunset yoga session.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Northern California Surf

I took a recent surf trip to Nicaragua and met surfers from all around the globe and when we told them we came from San Francisco everyone's reaction was the same, "You guys are hardcore."  It's an easy thing to surf in board shorts on a beautiful sunny day when the water is 70 degrees.  It's another thing to suit up in a head to toe 3mm thick wetsuit and paddle into freezing cold water on a grey day in known shark country.  It's what I love though, Northern California offers world class surfing, so who cares if it's freezing, suit up and paddle out!

The 3rd image in my series about the things I love most about living in California.  This is a portrait of Chris Reardon, a California resident, artist, and surfer.  You'll probably run into him in the water paddling out in Bolinas or walking through the Mission where he lives and works.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Secret Project

I had a blast working with a San Francisco agency in a rebrand for their team but it's top secret so I can't tell you who or when or how this all came to be just yet.  I can tell you that the idea and inspiration were big and budget wasn't... as big, which forced us to get creative on how we would approach this shot - a challenge I always love.

The team was awesome to work with and I think in a few weeks I'll post a behind the scenes for this shoot so you can get an idea of just how we put this thing together.

Thanks to Shannon Dunn for sourcing enough wardrobe for all these people.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tide and Pool Summer 2013

Happy to announce a new brand launched this year called Tide and Pool.  My super talented stylist/fiance Jesse Silver styled and I photographed the campaign.  We spent a couple days down in San Diego shooting their brand launch.  They're starting their season off with some stylish and high quality beach towels.  Check out their site here:  http://www.tideandpool.com/ and enjoy some of my favorite images from the shoot below.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ode to California 1

I love California.  This is no secret, just ask my Tennessee fiance.  From LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara to San Francisco I've lived on the coast of this state my whole life.  I wanted to shoot a project that illustrates all the great things I love about The Golden State.

These two images are the first in a series devoted to what I love about California.

First up... FOOD!

From Wine Country just north of us to the great amount of food and crops produced in the Central Valley this state keeps our bellies and wine glasses full to the brim.

So eat up and drink up and if you live here take a second to appreciate all the great things your home has to offer.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jesse and the Sea

A stop in to take in the view with Jesse Silver.  This is where the Russian River meets the Pacifc Ocean.