Thank you so much for hanging out at fivefivephotos.com! We hope you grab a cup of tea and stay a while.
In short, Matt and I started this business and blog back in 2010 after we had only been married three years because I bought a nice DSLR and I discovered I absolutely love documenting genuine moments with photography and videography. Back then we specialized in wedding photography and personal filmmaking because it really fit our personalities. Everyone loves Matt so he’s great with the wedding crowds, and people keep telling me I bring a calming presence to stressful situations so brides tend to love me. I’m not sure what it is I do, but I am so glad I can help!
Fivefivephotos is based in the cute little town of Mantua, Ohio. Have you ever heard of it? Probably not, it’s known for growing potatoes. Mantua borders Streetsboro and Aurora. Remember the old Geauga Lake Amusement Park? We are 15 minutes from there. The wonderful thing about Mantua is that it is within an hour and a half drive of every major city in North East Ohio. That’s right. Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Geneva, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Perry, Chardon, Kent, Ravenna, Hudson, Elyria, and yes, even Sandusky are all within an hour and a half. Which makes Mantua Ohio a great location for a photography and videography studio.
Five Five Timeline
Fivefivephotos started in 2010 when Holly purchased her first camera from a friend who was really into photography. She wanted to learn everything she could about how to use the camera. This inspired a passion for photography. She started photographing friends, then their families, then photographed her first wedding in December 2011. After the success of that first wedding, she started up her business 5:5 Photography and booked an event every month of 2012. In 2013, Holly trained Matt to be her second shooter. Matt has a natural talent for figuring out mechanics and he quickly picked up Holly’s style of Lifestyle photography. By Matt’s third wedding he was better than the professional second shooters Holly had previously hired. Between 2013 and 2016 the focus was primarily on Wedding Photography in Cleveland Ohio and surrounding areas.
In 2017, 5:5 Photography was renamed to Fivefivephotos and has expanded its services to also offer Lifestyle Videography (Also known as Everyday Films, Keepsake Films, Lifestyle Films, Professional Home Videos, and Family Films), Photo Stories, and information through their Lifestyle and Inspirational Blog.
In 2018, friends and family started seeking graphic design and branding services from the creatives at Five Five. After creating many websites, logos, graphics, and other branding material we decided to add these services to what we offer.
Now, Five Five serves three major markets: Weddings, Families, and Entrepreneurs. Our business has been able to grow to the point that we are now adding creatives to our team in order to help with the editing, blogging, and correspondence.
MATT + HOLLY | The Owners and Creatives of Fivefivephotos
Matt is one of those photographers who pays attention to every detail that you spent months meticulously planning, while still being respectful, fun, helpful, and sweet. With his Marine Corps training, he brings respect, timeliness, and incredible photographic “sniping” skills to the table in a unique way. That being said, it’s fair to say Matt’s style is the raw emotion rather than the fake smiles, and the moments rather than the poses.
Matt has been photographing alongside Holly since their second year in business. His natural talent and ability to capture the moments was evident after their first team wedding. By his 3rd wedding he was as good or better than other pros. Being a splendid husband and father has helped Matt appreciate and see moments for what they really are to you, irreplaceable. Matt’s passion is serving God by loving, providing for, and protecting his family.
“I started photographing weddings along side Holly because I wanted to help her, support her and protect her. She is passionate about what she does. And I am passionate to encourage her to keep doing her best at what she loves to do.”
Those in between moments that show your love and relationship with everyone around you; those are the timeless photos, the heirloom moments that Holly captures. Holly is an artist with a passion for moments in life, living on purpose, creating a beautiful life for her family, documenting that life, homeschooling, continual education, adoption, food, cooking, gardening, books, faith, and efficient productivity.
Holly’s mother and grandfather have, throughout her entire life, exposed her to fine art. They have trained her eye, influenced her art, and inspired a passion for learning. Holly’s father instilled in her the values of God’s love, kindness, friendship, and professionalism since before she can remember. Add the emotional insight Holly gains from being a wife and mother and you have a well-rounded intuitive photographer.
“In 2008 we decided to grow our family, that’s when the doctors told me that I suffer from infertility. The next two years were an intense spiritual, emotional, and physical battle for Matt and I. I felt broken. When our infertility specialist called me one morning to tell me the wonderful news that my blood tests revealed I was finally pregnant, hope filled my spirit more than ever before. I knew this wonderful gift, this baby would be healthy, special, and used for God’s glory. And I knew I had to document my precious baby’s life. I bought my first ever digital SLR camera when I was three months pregnant with our first son Matthew. I never imagined that first camera would spark in me all of what Fivefivephotos has become. After a year of learning everything I could about taking high quality images with the equipment I had, my friend encouraged me towards a photography business. “You are really good.” she said, “You should do this professionally.” I chuckled in disbelief that I could start, run, and make a living off of a business where I am doing something that I love to do. But she was right and I am forever grateful for her encouragement.
The past five years have been spent building the business of my dreams and growing our family. I love that I get to be myself, be creative, and stay at home with my family. Photography has become my all time favorite artistic expression. However, more recently I have been loving documenting everyday moments, typical outings, and fun family events with videography. It captures relationships in a whole new light. When I watch videos I took, edited, and have already watched too many times I am still amazed at how much of them I forget. Having high quality home videos has been a priceless blessing to me.
I strive to inspire, motivate, and help other amazing parents to live intentionally, for the glory of God, and pick up their phone, camera, or pencil to document their family’s life. If you are ready to live passionately, love with all your heart, be the best you, and become your family’s historian–you’ve come to the right place! We are here to support you on your journey.”