Swimming with Whale Shark at Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Photo by Mark Adams
Photo by Mark Adams
Matt Adcock aka “Mateo” has chased the image in one way or another since he was a kid watching his grandfather focus in on macro nature photography and landscapes, totally inspired by the natural world. As the founder of del Sol Photography, Matt has been shooting weddings since 2003 and has overseen the team as the artistic and creative director since 2007.
As bird watching has been a long time hobby, Matt is now flying drones around the world and as he sees it, exploring the unexplored angles of our lands from above. Drone photography from a bird’s eye’s perspective is new to mankind. We have all dreamed to see what birds see and now Matt is making this a reality. Here is one of his recent Drone trash the dress projects in Xpu- Hu, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Mateo is an Internationally Award- Winning Photojournalist and among the top 10 wedding photographers in the world according to American Photo Magazine and a designated as a Wedding Trailblazer, by the Huffington Post for his innovations with the Trash the dress photography theme.
See Matt Adcock’s Wedding Photography Awards
Matt recently created a project that went viral on the internet with 1,600,000+ views on Youtube. In the summer of 2014, Matt was approached by Janine, a bride to be who lost her fiance 52 days before the wedding. She was looking for healing and hope and wanted the underwater photography session to serve as a therapeutic healing tool.
Here are some of Matt’s favorite weddings:
Wedding 1 – Sacbe Cenote – Playa del Carmen & Akumal
Wedding 2 – Paradisus Esmeralda Riviera Maya
Wedding 3 – Destination wedding at Hotel Esencia
Wedding 4 – Destination wedding at Rosewood Mayakoba & Xcaret
Wedding 5 – Grand Velas
Wedding 6 – Georgian Terrace (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Piedmont Park – Biltmore Atlanta Georgia)
Wedding 7 – Casa Verana, Yelapa Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Testimonials from a some of Matt’s wedding clients:
Keelin and John – Dreams Tulum
If you only read one line:
Matt from Del Sol made my wedding day amazing and gave me more than I dreamed of.
Now if you want a little more:
I had the incredible pleasure to make new friends the day of my wedding: Matt Adcock from Del Sol Photography….Here goes the story: since I was a little girl, I loved playing in the rain at my grandmother’s house, and my wedding dream was to have a good picture to pass on to the next generations; yes I also wanted a guy with a good heart, and pretty eyes. The day of the wedding was not perfect, there was a monsoon rainstorm and we had to change all the plans, needless to say it was very stressful, people missing, re-planning the entire outdoor wedding, etc, but my new friend Matt was there and made it seem like it was all going to be ok, he was part of the party, the drama, and to top it all he was willing to go outside and play with us on the rain. You can’t fight nature, so we embraced it and Matt came out with us and the rainbow was this amazing picture. It is on my phone and everywhere I go, random people ask me to see it and tell me it should be in a cover of a magazine, I am very proud of him and his work. My dreams came true as I married someone with pretty eyes, a good heart, and Matt gave me a picture beyond anything I could have dreamed of; on top of that I made a new friend. Congratulations Matt and forever thank you for the memories and good times. – Keelin
Ashley + Nathan – Palladium
The wedding was at 4pm, and Matt arrived in the lobby about 1.5 hours before, his associate photographer went to shoot the boys who were playing pool in the bar near the gazebo. Matt arrived and was a breath of fresh air, it had been a CRAZY morning due to some issues with the Apple Vacations rep… Matt arrived, very excited and started shooting away, I really had no plan for locations to shoot, etc. But Matt had it all under control, he made me feel so at ease and confident, he even tried to get all the girls to smile and laugh, he was great, my grandmother thought he was the cutest thing ever. It was about 8 million degrees on the wedding day, and I am pretty sure I sweated off all my makeup, but Matt managed to make me look amazing in his photos, they shot from all different angles and really captured those moments that I didn’t even think about, moments that you didn’t even realized happened until you look at your photos, these are the best moments.
After the ceremony we headed to the saltwater pool to take some group shots. They turned out amazing, even though it was super windy. I had a few requests for traditional shots and Matt got them all, he even captured an amazing arial shot, which was the one thing I wanted since I started planning the wedding, it is now printed huge and on the wall in my living room. The bridal party and the hubby and I then just headed down the beach, stopping along the way to grab drinks and just celebrate, then Nathan and I broke off to take some photos….I don’t know how he does it but Matt seemed to capture Nathan and I in are “us” moments. I really wanted some photos with the sunset, and evening light such a beautiful backdrop for photos, and of course Matt delivered. These are some of my favorite photos, so romantic I am serious when I say my heart still skips when I look at these particular shots…
Matt and Rodrigo (who was also very sweet) stayed through the dance; Matt charmed the pants off my Grandma. He made sure to get shots of her reading the poem that my Grandpa wrote for her when he was in Vietnam, my mom read this poem at our ceremony, I am glad he did this, they are photos that we will always have of that moment…
Matt is so talented it is ridiculous, I could go on and on…
Matt and Margaret – Dreams Riviera Cancun
My new wife and I are so pleased that you could share a moment in time with us that we will truly cherish for as long as we breathe. There are not enough words in the english language that can sum up what your photography/artistic ability meant to us. You are truly gifted and worked diligently and tirelessly to see the end result, and that result is truly unique. I am certain you get praise like this often, but I always feel one can not hear it often enough. From the bottom of our hearts, We must say we were absolutely blown away as to what you three photographers captured! From Matt and Rodrigo at the day of our nuptials…to Matt, Sol, and Rodrigo at our TTD session, Margaret and I had a blast! Never in my life would I have ever imagined that pictures could show the love and fun we have shared for eight years prior to our marriage. My wife is the most treasured thing I have ever laid my eyes on, and you captured the story in time of our picturesque wedding. Your price is not nearly enough for what you as professionals can produce. We both especially loved seeing both Sol and Matt interact with each other on our TTD. I am sure your futures are limitless, as we feel ours is. We wish you continued success, health and happiness. You love what you do and it shows, and that is the key to success!! We love you guys!, and thank you so much for capturing our love for each other!!
Tracey and Brent – Royal Playa del Carmen
Photography has been a hobby of mine for years, so my only job besides showing up for the wedding was to choose a photographer. Tracey knew that I was going to be picky so she didn’t want to bother.
Photography is a different ballgame today than it was for our parents. Anyone, and I really mean ANYONE, can go buy a relatively nice camera for a cheap price and call themselves a photographer. I asked del Sol a few questions about equipment, technique, etc, and I felt at ease.
Don’t let pricing intimidate you. This is one of the best investments you can make. You can find more affordable photographers out there, but do you really want to look back in 20 years at mediocre photos? Tracey and I paid for the wedding ourselves and this was the thing that we decided to splurge on. It was definitely worth it. We didn’t want a lot of traditional family line up photos. We wanted pictures of the little things. We wanted to capture the experience, and they nailed it.
The biggest thing I have to thank Matt for is keeping our wedding on the beach. The weather was beautiful for two entire days before our ceremony. And wouldn’t you know it clouds up 2 hours before the wedding starts. Our wedding coordinator was trying to convince Tracey to move it inside, so she starts freaking out and trying to call me, but I was already at the bar with my groomsman trying to calm the nerves. Matt tells Tracey to tell our coordinator no, that we didn’t come all the way to Mexico to have an indoor wedding. He had seen these afternoon thunderstorms pass too many times and knew that it would more than likely turn out to be nothing. The clouds dissipated, the sun came out, and everything turned out great. I’m not so sure another photographer would have pushed Tracey keep it outside. The glass is definitely half full with these guys!