Matt LeClair is a freelance photographer, videographer, filmmaker, and owner of LeCLAIR IMAGE LLC, a small business based in Washington, D.C. Throughout seven years of professional experience in commercial photography, live event streaming, television, and film, Matt has worked as a cinematographer, photographer, writer, director, assistant director, technical director, producer, editor, sound recordist, digital imaging technician, camera assistant, and camera operator. An artist known for documenting moments with elegance and honesty, he creates visual stories using his chosen tools: cameras, lighting, and sound design. Whether shooting portraits, weddings, conferences, performances, or promotional ads, Matt expresses his ultimate ambition to decipher the art and science behind his craft.
During the past several years, Matt worked as Director of Photography (DP) and editor on the winning team for Stone Soup Films 2016 Doc‐in‐a‐Day Competition. Also as DP, his team was Runner‐Up to Best Film for “King’s Crossing” at the 2015 Baltimore 48‐Hour Film Project. His work as sound recordist helped his team win the Grand Prize in 2014 for “Game Night” at The DC Speakeasy Shorts Competition. In August 2014, Matt was elected as Membership Chair on the Television Internet & Video Association (TIVA) board of directors. His diverse background has allowed him to serve in many capacities within the photo and film communities, spanning more than two decades. Matt’s work has been featured on Home & Garden Television (HGTV), New Hampshire public access television, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus television, course materials for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), as well as numerous corporate, nonprofit, and academic websites.
Working steadily toward his purpose of inspiring enthusiasm for visual art with compelling images and cinematography, Matt has honed his skills in production and post-production for many years. His initial interest in the photographic arts was cultivated during high school as he took courses in photography and multimedia production, going on to find work making documentaries, advertisements, and music videos. In 1997, he won the first place award at the Wilton Independent Film Festival (Wilton, NH) for his first music video, “Time”. During his undergraduate studies in system dynamics modeling, electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science at WPI, Matt was employed by his university to create distance learning course materials, including live classroom and event recordings. Following college, he was hired for positions related to software development, web design, investment banking & financial services, sales & marketing, nonprofit database technology, and project management.
An explorer of visual art and science, Matt has pursued many different academic and professional interests throughout his career of life-long learning. While at WPI, he developed analytical skills and expertise with electronics and computer technology before going on to study physical and biological sciences at Harvard University during a two-year post-baccalaureate premedical program. After being accepted into three U.S. medical schools, Matt chose to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physiology, giving up his medical career early in order to pursue his greater passion for writing, photography, and film. This variety of life and work experience has made Matt versatile and technically proficient, well-suited for the challenges of creative problem solving.
Matt LeClair's résumé contains more information regarding the experience, education, expertise, and equipment he uses as creative tools. His two decades of work experience demonstrate his rare attributes of dedication, responsibility, and attention to detail. He is always looking for exciting new challenges and opportunities to work on important projects with talented people. The most valuable and distinguishing features Matt can offer are his unique perspective and original sense of style. He has a sharp eye for detail and a genuine interest in applying his technological know-how toward the creation of new and inspiring imagery.