September 16, 2017
By Mattie's Studio
Bianca and Ryan couldn't have chosen a better location for their beautiful maritime wedding! They were married at the historic New Bedford Seamen's Bethel and had their reception across the street at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  
Bianca was born in New Bedford, MA so naturally the couple wanted to share the vitality of the city with their guests by celebrating their nuptials at the Seamen's Bethel. The bride and groom also felt it was important to honor the bride's Azorean ancestors by hosting their wedding at the historical New Bedford Whaling Museum's Azorean Whaleman Gallery. "The Whaling Museum and the Azores Maritime Heritage Society have done an amazing job highlighting the Azorean impact in the area and demonstrates the development of a vibrant Azorean community in New Bedford, MA. Making it the perfect place for our wedding celebration" - Bianca Leeds
The Azorean Whaleman Gallery is a gift of the Government of Portugal honoring the Portuguese people and their significant contribution to the maritime heritage of New Bedford.  The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, founded in New Bedford in 1997, works in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum to preserve the contributions of Azoreans to American whaling in the Whaling Museum’s Azorean Whaleman Gallery.
The Bride's family is from the Azores Island of St. Miguel, Portugal, where they were part of the fishing community in Vila Franca do Campo. The Bride’s family migrated to New Bedford in 1966 where they worked in the sea scollop industry.  Today New Bedford’s centuries-old fishing industry has survived, and is thriving. New Bedford remains one of the nation’s most prominent port cities, true to its proud maritime heritage. With the fishing experience and culture of hard work of the Portuguese immigrants and their descendants, New Bedford stands today as the nation’s number one commercial fishing port. 

It was wonderful witnessing these two marry! Here are a few images from their wedding day, enjoy!
Vendors: Flowers Judys Village Flowers   Favors Goulart Square Bakery  Cake- Russell Morin Catering and Events

Preserving Whaling's Legacy: The New Bedford Whaling Museum

June 15, 2017


Katie and Sam were recently married in Newport RI at the historical Fort Adams.  Although the weather that day started out rainy, pushing the ceremony into the casemates of the old fort, it made everything seem that much more magical.

Aside from the weather, this wedding’s magic was also helped along by several talented vendors, including floral designer Semia, Boston makeup artist Lyndsay Simson, hair stylist Nicole Valenzuela, caterer Smoke and Pickles and dessert Flour Bakery.

Tags: Weddings
June 14, 2017


Katie and Sam’s Fort Adams wedding recently took place in Newport, Rhode Island.  After having a breathtaking first look, which took place within the open aired crumbling buildings of this historical fort, the couple took a quiet moment together before the ceremony.  Many people worry a first look may fade the emotional impact of their wedding day unveiling, but after seeing their magical moment you might think differently.

Tags: Weddings
May 23, 2017
May 08, 2017

I’ve really enjoyed seeing this lovely image showcased on the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center website of Jesse and Cat Winters’ wedding!  It is truly my favorite place to photograph a wedding.  Boston Harbor island’s are wild and full of the most magical places to photograph.

April 13, 2017

Excited to be featured in BRIDES Magazine

As seen in BRIDES Magazine, Nathan and Jenn’s Farm to Table styled Wedding at the Overbrook House in Cape Cod, MA.   The Overbook House is  spacious, with lawns, playing fields, 22 acres of surrounding woods, and a neighboring organic farm.  It is always a pleasure to capture a couple’s special day in such a peaceful setting.  A big Thanks to BRIDES Magazine for featuring this priceless day with your viewers.

June 23, 2016

Awesome session with Brooke, Ryan, and Reese! We had a perfect day at the beach with an amazing powder blue sky. Little Reese was a rascal. All she wanted to do was dive into the water. It was great fun!

Tags: Family
April 21, 2015

Looking forward to exhibiting some of my photography from Namibia at Boston Children’s Hospital ‘s International Gallery.

Boston Campus from Feb 8 – May 31

Waltham Campus from June 1 – Sept 30

I visited the village of Omarumba in the Northern Namibia, where the Himba people allow outsiders to see their traditional way of life. The Himba are ancient people who have had very little contact with the outside world. They are famous for the orange butter the woman use on their hair and skin called “otjize”.

During my travels in Namibia I also had the pleasure of photographing inside the Namib-Naukluft Park. The most interesting area of the Park for me was Deadvlei. Deadvlei is a white clay pan that is like a graveyard for trees, and for a place devoid of life, it’s quite beautiful. DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means “dead marsh” Dead Vlei has been claimed to be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, reaching 1,312 feet high. A river once brought water to Deadvlei, but when the climate changed the river dried up and Deadvlei has been an arid, lifeless place ever since. Tree skeletons scorched by the sun stand among desiccated land. Some species of plants still do grow, but for the most part Deadvlei is an eerily beautiful and deserted place you have to see to believe.

December 21, 2014

Special Thanks to all the people who made it out last night ! Never has a girl felt so loved and appreciated! I would also like to thank Linda and Ian at the Franklin Art-Center for hosting my work.  Thanks everyone!!!!!!

Adventure in Namibia Art Opening with Mattie’s Studio
Artist Mattie Simas promoting her book ” Hope of Good Hope.” The Home of Good Hope is a soup kitchen in Windhoek, Namibia. Her book featured photos taken of the children at the soup kitchen. For many of these children this meal is their only source of nutrition and makes it crucial for survival. Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies are a fact. A lot of the children are not in school because it is too expensive. The purpose of this message is to promote a fundraising to help founder Monica Imaga help and create a better future for the children of home of good hope. Providing better nutrition and education are two of the aims. The initiative to this fundraising project is taken by Hannah Fisher Wadman, Caroline Johansson and Frida Nilsson, Gothenburg, Sweden in cooperation with Monica Imanga Windhoek, Namibia.

October 05, 2014

Overbrook House, Bourne MA

Nate and Jenny and their families spent the day preparing for their Overbrook House wedding, decorating and filling the venue with gorgeous rustic details. Jenny’s sister Katie filled the venue with love, delicious treats from Flour bakery & cafe, and amazing details.

Tags: Weddings