New Mexicans to Know: Meet Matt Oberer of Mattophoto – Albuquerque Business First – Albuquerque Business First

For the past 20 years, Matt Oberer has literally helped build Albuquerque.
An architect by training, he has worked as a project manager, construction administrator and associate architect. He spent 15 of those 20 years at FBT Architects. His last day at the firm was Sept. 17.
He left the firm to turn what has been his side hustle since 2009, Mattophoto, into a full-time operation. Oberer’s photography business is focused on, well, architectural photography.
His target market is the architecture, construction and engineering industries, offering finished building photography, product photography and drone imaging.
Oberer said the decision to go out on his own has been on his mind for five years, and he called it “a leap of faith.” But with an established network, he said he already has quite a bit of work on the books for the next several months.
A native of Albuquerque, Business First recently caught up with Oberer to discuss both his personal life and this new chapter in his professional one.
The following is an excerpt from that interview.
Albuquerque Business First: What has kept you in New Mexico all these years?
Matt Oberer: My family is all from here. So, the family and my network that I have here has kept me here. And I love the Southwest.
When you aren’t working, what are some of your favorite pastimes? I like the outdoors. I like to ride motorcycles. … I like to just be outside and camp and enjoy nature.
What do you think New Mexico and Albuquerque is going to look like a few years from now? It’s got a bright future. I think there’s a lot of industries that are coming here that are going to help to liven up and shore up our economy and the built environment.
What is it that you love the most about photography? I understand buildings really well. Just having an architect’s eye … all of the training that I have gone through to become an architect, so I really just love the angles and the shadows, the way the light plays with the spaces in the pictures. And it excites me to be able to show off what an architect’s intent was in a building, whether it was my own building or somebody else that I am photographing for.
What is your ultimate hope for this new venture? Really, I just hope to bring my passion to the architecture and engineering industry. And to be able to really replicate what the architects were thinking when they designed the building, and help people understand the spaces that they’re in through my lens and through my eye.
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