Matt 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 original co 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.
Matt Adcock is an internationally award winning photojournalist and among the Top 10 wedding photographers in the world according to American Photo Magazine. He was designated as a Wedding Trailblazer, by the Huffington Post for his innovations with the Underwater Photography and Trash the dress photography theme. His images and photo stories have been featured on every major USA television network, Fox, CBS, ABC, and CNN.
See Matt Adcock’s Wedding Photography Awards
Matt’s images and photo stories have been featured on every major USA television network, Fox, CBS, ABC, and CNN. He has also been a contributor to Huffington Post. Matt is also a teacher, traveling around the world giving workshops and instructing other photographers on how to make the most of their career.
One of Matt’s best known viral news stories is about 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. The project that went viral with 1,689,000+ views on Youtube. Matt’s work with Janine was seen on every major TV / News networks and seen in 25 different countries in hundreds of blogs.
Matt has been featured on Lonely Planet free diving and photographing whale sharks in the wild off the coast of Isla Mujeres Mexico. He enjoys swimming with the fish on the reef or at the bottom of a sinkhole (cenote). Recently Matt found a GoPro camera that had been lost for 4 years. He launched a campaign to find the owners and in record time, 23 hrs, the original owners were located via Facebook. Here is the story of the Riviera Maya Lost GoPro.
Traveling has always been a long time hobby. You can view some of Matt’s favorite aerial photography from the most famous ruins, hotels and public landmarks in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum and other areas of Quintana Roo during the shutdown of 2020. Amazing aerials with no people in any of the places. Published in Forbes
Architectural and Commercial Photography
Matt specializes in photographing architecture or commercial real estate, private homes and boutique hotels. These projects usually involve multiple days and can specialize in underwater photography, drone photography and shooting video, director of photography and creative director for commercial marketing projects. Have a look at his commercial hotel project for Casa del Rector and his Day of the Dead project.
Cenote Wedding Designer
Matt is also a specialist in designing Cenote weddings and experiences. Tracy’s surprise vow 10 year vow renewal and underwater photo session is not to be missed! One of Matt’s favorite recente cenote weddings was that of Tom and Cherise. Matt also designs Cenote Proposals and Cenote Vow renewals.
Weddings in the US and outside Mexico
Matt is originally from Altanta and has many years experience photographing weddings in the USA. He also travels to any destination you can think of! Here are some of Matt’s fave weddings in the US and abroad:
Georgian Terrace Wedding – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Piedmont Park – Biltmore Atlanta Georgia
The Ponds at Bolton Valley wedding Vermont US
St Simons Island Wedding, – Southeast USA – Georgia
Matt’s Client Testimonials
Matt is an artist of the most talented company that I’ve met…He doesn’t capture a moment but captures a story, captures light, love, chapters and tells a story without words, songs or recordings. That in itself is what makes del sol magical! Del Sol Photography is not just a company, it’s an experience, a bond, an art, a lifetime experience, a blessing, a feeling! Matt captures love, life and moments that are the most magical and that in itself what makes him stand out and that is a gift that lasts a lifetime.
Del Sol Photography have been our only photographer since we got married, then after our firstborn, and then my twin sister’s family and that was after thorough Due diligence (because that’s how I roll), we found nothing comparable. We are a legacy and long-time client/friends/family (sorry don’t you remember that you marry the branch you marry the tree) for life for multiple families shoot and this last time to capture our dads 70th bday because pictures are a gift that last a lifetime and every day is a blessing.
See Rashan and her Family’s Experience
“Matt suggested that perhaps Del Sol could put together a wedding experience that was unlike anything done before. We were not expecting that at all but the more we thought about it the more it made sense. Del Sol obviously produces world class photographs. Letting them put their creative spin on our wedding could potentially create something amazing. We emailed back and forth over the next few weeks. It was obvious that Matt, Polly and everyone else at Del Sol were 100% invested in planning our wedding. It was a stark difference from the indifference and generic responses we got from a lot of the resorts we’d contacted.”
“The idea that came out of our first conversation that day with Matt, that we can find perfection in life’s imperfections, is something that is going to define our marriage. It made the whole thing more poignant and inspiring. Out of the ashes of our perfectly dreamed day was birthed something more uniquely special than we ever could have imagined. You gave us not only a dream wedding experience but also the one we needed which will serve as inspiration in the years to come.”
“If you want more than the stereotypical resort wedding, then talk to the lovely people at Del Sol. They genuinely want to provide you with an incredible Mexico wedding experience…whether it’s providing incredible photography or curating a unique and personal wedding experience. I cannot recommend them enough!”
“We met with Matt in Playa del Carmen at a local Starbucks to discuss “business and pricing”. Well, out of a 3 hour meet with Matt, we discussed business and pricing for about 20 minutes or less. The rest of the time we spent talking with Matt about life and philosophy. We felt at ease about our future pictures from that meeting on. We knew we were getting the best quality and most humbling photography team out there. At times Matt has personally called us to help us get through bumps in our wedding planning that had nothing to do with photography. The whole team made us feel like friends discussing all kinds of things from abroad. They never made use feel like just another business to them. The day of the wedding, I was so happy to see the team. At the altar, Anil and I were whispering to each other on how the Del Sol photography team was literally in every corner of the church in the most awkward spots that they can put themselves in just to get a great picture of us.”
“The overall TTD session was amazing and unforgettable. Not being able to swim was not problem for Matt. He worked with our comfort levels and guided us on how to look natural. This is extremely helpful since it was our first professional photoshoot. What we learn through our session was the key to rock the TTD is to relax and enjoy yourself. It a session to capture the love and trust between you and your partner. Thanks to Matt and his team, we experienced an extraordinary session which we can now share with others.”
“We traveled to Mexico for a unique photo experience. Matt and the del Sol Team made my dreams come true. The making of underwater art was the most extraordinary experience I have ever had. Some of my friends and family were surprised by the idea, while the others thought we were crazy because traditionally the bride and groom takes wedding photos on dry land. They then thought was it impossible since I didn’t know how to swim. But no matter how crazy they thought we were, we knew this was an experience we can not bypass.”
“The day of the shoot went by fast because we were having so much fun. Matt and his team educated us about the environment and everything we saw and touched, this made us feel more comfortable since we are both from the city life.”
“Matt is awesome! We felt completely at ease with him from the very first conversations. Without Matt’s help, we’re pretty certain nothing would have turned out as well as it did. When we spoke on the phone, we felt like we were talking to a friend we had known for years. We both consider Matt a great friend who truly cares about his clients and would go out of his way to offer endless support, guidance and advice.”
“One thing that really stood out to us from the very beginning is how genuine Matt is…. Truly one of a kind (not just saying that). A few minutes into our first conversation, I could tell that he was very experienced and knew exactly what he was talking about. He took the time to get to know us to better understand our vision.”
“Matt fully captured the magic of the day, and each photo takes us back like we’re able to step directly into the photo to relive the memory. Both of us have gotten emotional while looking through the photos. Unfortunately, Josh’s brother was not able to join us in Mexico for the wedding. This Christmas he was able to see the pictures and he got really emotional. He said this, “I feel like I was there. The pictures captured every moment.” And that meant the world to us. Augusta is originally from Sierra Leone and most of her family members couldn’t be there for the wedding, so it was very important to us that the pictures tell a story. Well, Matt and Polly outdid themselves lol. There were so many incredible and special moments that were captured so perfectly; like our daughter writing a letter to Josh, Josh’s mom taking shots with the groomsmen, me and my friends reading Josh’s letter to me, etc. The pictures told a vivid story of our wedding day bringing back every feeling of laughter, tears, and joy. We are both blown away at how talented and creative Matt and Polly are and will forever treasure these pictures.”
“If you only read one line:
“Matt from Del Sol Photography 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 on 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”
“The wedding was at 4 pm, 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 realize 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 aerial 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…”
“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!!”
“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!”
Matt’s Wedding, Trash the Dress and Event Archive
Here are some of Matt’s fave events to check out, or browse his archive of recent events below. You can also check out See Matt’s Wedding Photography Awards. Mexico is so amazing, one of our favorite places in the world: #Aworldofitsown
The Evacuation Hurricane Wedding – Holbox Mexico
Tom and Cherise – Cenote Wedding + Adam + Eve TTD
*Some of these may not be suitable for work
Destination Wedding – Xcaret Park Mexico – Guadalupe Chapel
Sacbe Cenote Wedding – Playa del Carmen & Akumal
Playa del Carmen Wedding at Paradisus Esmeralda Riviera Maya
Destination wedding at Hotel Esencia
Destination wedding at Rosewood Mayakoba & Xcaret Park
Grand Velas Riviera Maya Destination Beach Wedding
Tracy’s surprise vow 10 year vow renewal and underwater photo session
Riviera Maya Wedding at Caleta Tankah
She wished for RAIN on her wedding day and it happened, but it is NOT what you expect – El Taj Playa del Carmen