I AM
MATTHEW THOMPSON


Let me introduce myself: My name is Matthew Thompson, I originate from the rolling hills of Yorkshire but moved to the beautiful (if not a little flat) Lincolnshire in 2001. I am myself married to the wonderful Helen and have been for the last 18 years, we have two wonderful children who are growing up far too quickly.

For me, Photography started as a hobby many years ago when I was a young lad using wet film and one of my father’s old Canon 35mm bodies. I remember the anticipation of sending the film away for processing and having to wait for what seemed like ages for the little 4”x6” images to come back to see if I had captured the image I wanted.



Things have come a long way since then and over the last 10 or so years with the advancement of the digital age and my time spent in the Royal Air Force helping to fund new equipment. I have seen my old hobby turn in to my new passion.

Even though the digital age helps us to see the benefit of our endeavors much sooner than we were previously able, the basic skills I learnt when I was a lad still hold fast for todays modern photographer, however. Every time I photograph a wedding, or capture a special event in someone’s life I learn something new and am reminded of the old adage, “every day is a school day”.

I have had the honor to be invited to capture some special moments for some truly amazing couples, many of which I now have the privilege to call my close friends.


  • So excited to get our photos yesterday in such a lovely little keepsake box. The photos are fantastic and brought back lots of memories of such a great day. Matt has captured images of things we just didn't notice on the day as it all goes so quick. He was simply brilliant. On the day he made everyone feel relaxed and was very patient with all the friends and family with cameras and phones. Words are not enough to say how happy and grateful we are. Thank you so much xxx
  • Amazing photos and brilliant photographers. they made our wedding day so special!!! really amazing service and just fitted straight into the day. Thank you xx
  • 517 photography, captured our little boys christening day with fantastic photos, I loved the 'real life' ones that provided me an opportunity to see parts of the day through photos that I actually missed on the day. Our family group photos were all brilliant and done in an organised, timely but fun manner which meant we all enjoyed the experience and had plenty of time to Enjoy our day....thank you Mathew and Helen. Amazing photos presented in a lovely memory stick ..... thank you, we will definitely be using 517 again!!
  • Matthew and Helen absolutely made our day. They took the most beautiful photos and were so helpful and considerate. Thank you! X
  • Matthew and Helen, what can I say, the photographs look incredible and have brought back so many happy memories we shared that day! You guys have such an amazing talent for capturing the happy ‘moments’ which is exactly what I asked for, I didn't want anything formal or posed but rather to portray the natural fun and excitement we were all experiencing that day and you guys have achieved that wonderfully! Not only were you two professional, but you went above and beyond with helping to keep me calm and even helping with the decorating and I can't thank you both enough for that!! You guys were brilliant and everyone who met you both agreed at how lovely you were!!! I truly had a wonderful wedding and am so lucky to have had it all captured by two wonderful people. I cannot recommend you guys enough, thank you again!! From me, Graham and little Isla xxxx
  • Mark and I would like to thank 517 photography for not only capturing such precious memories of our wedding day but also being a part of it too. All of our guests commented on how amazing they were/are. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you so much xx
    Clare Newman
  • We had 517 photography capture our special day. They were absolutely amazing, we couldnt have asked for anything better. Not only are they amazing friendly and generous people they will be friends for life. We couldnt have wished for better pictures so relaxed and natural. Thank you Matthew and Helen xx
    Natalie Taylor