About Us

Photographer Jackie

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Thank you for visiting MI Photography! We are located in Tuolumne County but service any area! We are a full service photography studio offering any type of photography you can think of. If you want it, we can do it! Established in 2006, and have been awarded many photographic awards in our local county fair and featured in several publications. Our vision is to deliver images that capture the ordinary everyday emotions but put a fairy tale spin on them. We specialize in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Magical, mystical and imaginative is what we strive to capture in each image. Why have ordinary pictures when you can have magical?

About the Photographer:

My name is Jackie Matthews, and I have been photographing people and places since I was 6 years old. In 2006 I established MI Photography to be a collective of my images. I graduated with honors in June 2016 with my Bachelors degree in Photography from The Art Institute. (Although my "assignments" are over, I still continue with Creative Shoots and will post free or reduced fee specials on these on our Facebook page!)

What is photography to me? Photography to me extends beyond “creating with light”. It is about capturing these precious moments in time for everyone to look back on days, weeks, years, and centuries later. These sessions are not just me snapping a quick photo for you to shove in a digital album forever. These images are carefully created to show this moment in your life. Whether I am capturing the essence of you on your wedding day, or capturing that fleeting happy-go-lucky-but-won’t-sit-still toddler, it is all about you and the “now” moment. My sessions have never been about me, I can take images of anything and call them mine, these images are about you and being able to give you these tangible memories to save long after the moment has passed. You never know when these will be all you have some day.

“I became a photographer because your memories are worth my time” - unknown

When not behind the camera I enjoy spending time with my husband of 13 years, my 7 year old daughter and our many pets. I enjoy the outdoors and love swimming (and always dream of being a mermaid). I also am creative and love to paint, draw, scrapbook, knit, crochet and participate in Project Life.

I feel that I am kind, respectful, open-minded and full of adventure. As an Aquarian I am often dreaming of new ways to do things and how to improve everything.

Fun Facts about Me:

• I love science

• Biology was my first attempt at a degree

• I love fairytales

• All my dogs are named after Mexican food

• I laugh. A. LOT.

• I’m kind of weird, but in the good way.

About the Assistant:

What can I say other than my job is amazing! Not only do I get to meet new people and visit different places all the time, but I get to work with my best friend. Yes, you read that right! Jackie and I have been friends for over 25 years! Now couple that long friendship with the love of photography and BAM! You have the perfect team!

I have worked for MI Photography for just over 5 years now as the assistant. I help with almost every shoot. I help style, pose, clear areas, hold lights, carry equipment, and anything else in between. I am kind of Super Woman. I love working for Jackie not just because we are BFF’s but because she is fun to work with and is laid back with her approach. If I mess something up she doesn’t yell at me, how cool is that? ;)

My favorite subjects to shoot are weddings. They are all about the same thing but are all so different, and it is really neat to see what people come up with. I really love my job because I get to be present for the most important moments in life, which is really neat.

I have been married for 13 years and have a beautiful daughter who is 8. In my spare time I like to crochet, sew and read books.

Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions!


Jackie & Justin