About Matthew


Matthew Raney is a lifestyle, portrait and action photographer whose work has been published in The NY Times, Vogue and dozens of other national publications and websites. Operating from his homes in the West Village of New York City and East Hampton, Matt frequently shoots across the surrounding tri-state area in Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as the Hamptons and Montauk.

His professional portfolio exhibits a unique eye for truly genuine moments - whether it’s a family beach shoot in the Hamptons, covering a live concert performance or preserving the memories of a party or celebration event.  Matt believes that the best photography lends itself to a very natural relationship between photographer and subject - and one that can best be described as photojournalistic.

Matthew shoots for the NWHL (National Women's Hockey League) as well as being the team photographer for the CT Whale.  He is also a member of the PPA (Professional Photographer's Association), the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) as well as the USPA (United States Press Association).  

As a photo-journalist Matt has photographed the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament, The Isobel Cup Finals, NWHL All-Star Weekend and Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championships.




Sports are about action. Athletes aren’t posing, they’re performing, and some of their wildest moments are brilliantly and spectacularly captured through photos. As an experienced sports photographer, Matt knows how to anticipate the action and capture it at precisely the right moment, down to 1/8000th of a second. Applying this philosophy to lifestyle photography, Matt is able to capture truly genuine moments.  All with the approach of a professional sports photographer trained to shoot with the fastest professional DSLR cameras to capture the most authentic moments and expressions of joy.


While cameras and gear specifics are usually overblown in terms of significance, Matt uses professional level cameras and lenses to achieve the distinct look and style that in many cases requires the use of the world's fastest production DSLR's.  That being said, the best camera for any particular situation is whatever camera you have in your hand!

Camera Bodies

Camera Bodies -

(2) Canon 1DX-II, Canon 5DS-R

Sony A9, Sony A7 RIII


Sigma 300mm f/2.8, Canon EOS EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EOS EF 85mm f/1.2 PRIME, Canon EOS EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, Canon EOS EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EOD EF 50mm f/1.2 PRIME, Canon EOS EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, Canon EOS EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, Canon Extender EF 2x III, Sony FE G-Master 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, Sony FE G-Master 24-70mm f/2.8, Sony FE G-Master 70-200mm f/2.8, Sony FE G-Master 16-35mm f/2.8, Sony 1.4x Extender


As a full-time working photographer, Matt owns and utilizes a number of different flash and lighting setups that range from off-camera flash and strobes to fully portable studio lighting.  Lighting modifiers include professional grade Elinchrom Softboxes and Beauty Dishes.  Wireless syncing systems include Elinchrom EL-Skyport HS Plus and PocketWizard IV and PocketWizard III systems.  Flashes, strobes and continuous lights are from Elinchrom, Canon and Flashpoint.

Elinchrom ELC Pro 1000/500ws Studio Strobes, Elinchrom ELB 500 Dual Pro TTL To-Go, Elinchrom ELB 400 Dual Pro To-Go Kit with 424ws strobe heads, (2) ProFoto A1s, Flashpoint 360, Canon 600 EXT II.