I'm a photographer based in Geelong, and working primarily in the Geelong and Melbourne areas. My photographic areas of interest are photojournalism, documentary, live performance and production stills photography. Broadly speaking, I take a photojournalistic approach to my photography work.
In addition to photography, I do work in social media and digital media - particularly when it comes to issues-based advocacy, electioneering and campaigning.
Any questions about my work or interested in employing my services? Get in touch and let's talk. I can cover all sorts of events, music and live performances, film/TV productions and BTS, sports, and more.
I'm a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
Awards and Citations
-  Finalist, City of Greater Geelong 2022 Calendar Competition, "Geelong Bollards"
I conduct business under two names: Matt Hrkac Photography and MH Media, depending on the service being performed.
Photography services are done under the Matt Hrkac Photography name. However, other media related activities - which often involve collaboration and cooperation with other people (thus making it disingenuous to claim sole credit in these circumstances) to bring things and ideas to life - is done under the MH Media name.
"We have hired Matt as an on set and stills photographer on many of our film sets. He is a delight and his work is of an exceptional quality."
– Dia Taylor, Managing Director of Taymaynari Productions.
"Matt produced a series of short video clips for social media during my council election campaign. He produced a professional product with minimal direction, and a quick turnaround time. He was also really easy to work with, very responsive to queries and minor change requests. I’m really happy to recommend Matt’s work."
– Melissa Cadwell, 2020 City of Greater Geelong Council Candidate
Frequently asked questions:
How long have you been photographing for?
At least 10 years, and have been pursuing photography professionally for the last few years.
What gear do you use?
Sony. I use a range of lenses (from super-wide angle to macro to telephoto) and other accessories to deliver the results clients expect of me, regardless of the situation or constraints.
How many photos do you take?
It depends. On average, a few hundred in total. The final number of photos handed over to a client is likely to be less than this.
What's your editing process?
I shoot RAW, which generally make large batches of images easier to process while giving more leeway to 'save' images that may otherwise not be saveable when shooting JPEG.
If the timely delivery of images is necessary, I bring my laptop with me to shoots and process images at appropriate times during the event. For non-timely delivery of images, I process images within 24 hours of an event taking place.
As a photographer, I'm a strong proponent in the ethical treatment of images as this ensures their authenticity. That being: ensuring images taken are authentic and not doctored.
This involves making the appropriate in-camera adjustments and only making adjustments in post that seek to enhance overall image attributes (such as contrast and exposure) and making only minor adjustments on colour and tone if these are necessary. Looking at an image, it should give you the feeling "as if I was there, looking at the subject with my own eyes". I don't omit things from images, change body proportions, "airbrush", or do anything else that can bring the authenticity of an image into question.
I also have an interest in elections and helping people to understand how our electoral system works. I provide coverage from a non-partisan neutral perspective on most Victorian based elections at the State and Federal level, and on Geelong elections in greater detail at the local level. You can view my work here.