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Matthew Blakeburn, CPP

Owner & Portrait Artist

Hey there!  I’m Matthew, the owner and Portrait Artist of Blakeburn Studios. I work both locally and around the world.  I specialize in capturing moments in time as emotional works of art through vivid and inviting cinematic design.  I work one-on-one with each and every one of my clients in order to make the whole experience personable, intimate, fun, and unique.  With over  a decade of professional experience in both portraiture and commercial work, I have photographed countless sessions, families, and weddings in as many places.

I became interested in photography early on.  At the age of 13 I went backpacking with the Boy Scouts on an 80-mile trip over the course of 11 days.  The very first day of the trek, I broke my glasses so that they were unwearable.  The only thing that I had to see the mountains of New Mexico and the beauty around me was my father’s 1st generation Point-and-Shoot digital camera.  Let’s just say, I haven’t been able to set a camera down since. 

I began my professional photography career at the age of 16 with a family-owned portrait studio in my hometown of Clinton, OK where I started in the “Green Screen and Retouching” department.  After high school, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA where I studied for a Bachelor of Science in photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  While there I trained in classical master portrait techniques, commercial photography, B&W film and the Zone system, and a myriad of lighting techniques.  During my time in Pittsburgh I worked in many different areas of photography including pet portraiture, commercial and editorial work, and composite commissions.

I am proud to say that I have been able to study with countless exceptional photographers including Tony Cilento, Jon Allyn, Luke Edmonson, Joe McNally, Jerry Ghionis, and Jon Lisbon, in addition to regularly attending workshops and continuing education courses.  Currently, I am a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a board member of the South Eastern Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, and am working on attaining the rank of Master Photographer with the PPA.

In 2012 I moved to Milwaukee, WI to work with one of the largest photographic companies in the world in their high-end division and as a Director of Photography. I then went on to earn their highest award of recognition.  In the summer of 2015 I started my own photography business and in January 2016 decided to open a studio in my hometown of Clinton, OK.  Having my own studio has given me the opportunity to photograph in many new and exciting locations including, Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, New York City, California, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France.  

In December of 2016 after months of renovations we opened Blakeburn Studios in Downtown Clinton, OK.  I can't wait to see where we go.

Currently I am a board member of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and part of several sub-committees, a co-founder and the president of the Clinton Arts Council, an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 361, and a new member of Rotary.

 Matthew Blakeburn, CPP                               

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Jessy Frizzell

studio Manager

Jessy is awesome.

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Ruby Payan

Photographer & BiLingual Consultant

As a photographer at Blakeburn Studios, a large portion of my work consists
of learning. My interest in photography began after growing used to our continuous trips to the
zoo and wanting pictures of more than just the animals. I took notice of the different lighting, the
small details that usually went unnoticed, and the various angles that I could aim my phone.
Along with those around me, I realized that photography was going to be more than a short-term
hobby.

Being the oldest sibling, I was constantly needed at home and hardly participated in
school activities. While my hobby followed me when I moved to Clinton from Colorado, it
wasn’t until I met Matthew that I got to dive more into photography along with coming out of
my shell. Along with helping with all the little details to help make a photoshoot go smoothly, I
am also bilingual which breaks the language barrier and allows us to connect with more families
here in Clinton.The most important thing that he and Jesse have taught me is to always tell a story and
I enjoy watching the process that goes into capturing a memory.