Mattie Simas is a portrait and documentary photographer with a natural love for people, culture, and travel. A first-generation Portuguese-American, Mattie grew up in the diverse city of New Bedford, MA. Her parents arrived in the United States from the Azores Island of São Miguel when they were 11 and 23 years of age. As a child, her weekends were spent participating in traditional Azores church festivals and learning about her family’s rich history. At 14, she traveled to São Miguel with a relative, and this was the first-time photography entered her life. "At such a young age I found myself able to fully immerse in the culture of my ancestors and document it with my camera for my family and friends. It was an exciting time in my life. Photography has always been a passion of mine."
Mattie received a BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Suffolk University and attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study digital photography. Her wedding photography has appeared in BRIDES and Southern New England Weddings Magazines. Her beautiful wedding photography has also appeared on wedding venue websites such as Thompson Island Outward Bound, Boston; Seamen's Bethel and Mariners Home, New Bedford, MA; Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA; Sperry Tents, W. Wareham, MA; and Fort Adam's Newport, RI.