Seattle Sounders FC SEAvNE (8-10-2019)

What a crazy game! From the Sounders being up, to being down and then pulling ahead again just to have the game end in a tie. But the most important part was that I broke my stupid monopod the night before and didn’t have the reach that my 400mm lens usually gives me. Looks like I’ll be visiting B&H to pick up a new one before the next match.

Here’s my selects from a bright sun shinny day at Century Link Field in Seattle, WA

From the fine folks at, Asgard503

It’s always a lovely surprise when I get care packages from the homies around the way. Huge thank you to, Michael Ciochon, who sent up up some of the new gear from his Portland, OR based Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear and lifestyle brand, Asgard503. Wanting to mix it up a bit from the last shoot, I got a hold of one of my old kickboxing student and talked her to meeting me at 11pm to do a little shadowboxing in the middle of the street. Totally a normal thing, I swear. Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the night…

2019 Crazy Monkey Kettlebell Competition

This last weekend I had the privilege of shooting the 2019 International Kettlebell Organization USA National Championship hosted by Crazy Monkey USA for the 3rd straight year. This has quickly became one of my highlights of the summer. Not only do these athletes train like animals, but they also leave it all on the platform. It’s awesome to see the athletes putting in work. Many competed for the first time and others broke personal records. Overall with, Saiko Shima-Kolesar taking the lead, this is one of he best organized events I’ve ever shot with everything running like clockwork!

Here’s a few of my faves from this years comp.

Full gallery…https://www.mattferrisphotos.com/2019-Crazy-Monkey-Kettlebell-Competition

Maternity x Fitness

One of the more fun projects I’ve been able to work on right here. I was stoked when Katherine reached out to me with the idea of doing a fitness related maternity shoot based around her love of boxing and kettlebells. She’s a total savage with doing this shoot 20 days out from her due date!! One day I want to be half a cool as Katherine.

Seattle Sounders FC SEAvHOU (5-11-2019)

May 11th saw the Seattle Sounders FC come away with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo for a much needed 3 points by way of Christian Roldan scoring from the outside at 4:41 in the first half. On a photography related note, I wanted to push myself outside the usual thing I’ve been doing and shot a good portion from the 300 level at Century Link Field. I think I got a couple interesting shots. That said, next time I think I’m gonna add a 1.4x or 2x converter to the Canon 400 f/2.8L to shoot from up on high.

Here’s a few highlights from the match…

Seattle Majestics vs SD Surge 5-4-2019

Saturday night saw the Seattle Majestics come out swinging and for the first time in team history, beat the powerhouse San Diego Surge 22-10! Just like in life, it’s all about small steps and being a little better today than you were yesterday. Today the Majestic were the best they’ve ever been with all aspects of the team firing on all cylinders! It was an impressive win!

And now it’s time for the playoff’s!! I can’t wait to see where this team goes in the post season!!

Seattle Majestics vs LA Bobcats (4-27-2019)

First off...What an amazing group of ATHLETES here!!!  
Here’s a few highlights from Saturdays WNFC game featuring the Seattle Majestics Women's Tackle Football and the Los Angeles Bobcats. The Majestics faced the bobcats in the season opener in LA and came away with their only loss of the season as well as couple season ending injuries. This time around the Majestics came out in a dominate fashion with a solid 16-6 victory over their west coast rival! 
Full game album is up on the Seattle Majestics Women's Tackle Football FB page!

Seattle Sounders FC SEAvLAFC (4-28-2019)

What started off looking like it was going to be a high scoring match up with Jordan Morris scoring the fastest Sounders FC goal (as an MLS Franchise) at the :46sec mark into the match, and LAFC equalizing a few minuets later. And that’s where the score stood for the next 90min of play (inc. the 4 added min by the ref). Things heated up pretty quickly after Christian Roldan received a red card in the 18th minuet as play became more and more physical with the sounders down to 10 men on the field. It wasn’t the prettiest of matches as both teams come away with 1 point each.

Here’s a few of my selects from the match.

Seattle Sounders FC SEAvTOR (4/13/19)

What a great day on the pitch! The Seattle Sounders FC are on fire as they beat Toronto FC 3-2 in what has become an intense rivalry between the two power houses!! I’ll be looking forward to more of this kind of dominating action as things keep heating up over the season!
Here’s a few of my faves from the match…

Seattle Majestics 2019 Home Opener

Saturday night we saw the return of the Seattle Majestics in their home opener against a tough Las Vegas Silver Stars. The emotions were high for the Majestics after, not only coming off a away game that left them short on the roster due to some devastating injuries. But also saw the passing of a former teammate and family member. The game was dedicated to the memory of J. Moss.

With all the adversity they faced, it made their hard fought 20-0 win that much sweeter!

Eatonville Dance Studio

If there’s one thing to photograph that’s really growing on me, it would be dance. These dancers have so many similarities to the normal athlete portraits that’s part of my normal work, yet the amounts of grace is almost unbelievable to witness. It’s a real pleasure working both sides of the spectrum from raw and gritty fighters, to the fluidity of dance. Here’s a few highlights from our shoot with a few of the talented dancers from Eatonville Dance Studio

Seattle Sounders FC (SEAvRSL)

Sadly I missed a couple games this season, but I was back on the pitch for ECS at Century Link Field with another solid Sounders (1-0) win against a game opponent in Real Salt Lake on April 6th, 2019.

Here’s a few highlights from the game…

Seattle Sounders FC (SEAvCOL)

Excited to be back in the mix covering the Seattle Sounders FC for Emerald City Supporters this season! Lots of highlights coming over the season. And here's a few from Saturdays 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field.

Ivan Salaverry MMA

Always humbled to be brought in on projects such as this.  My long time friend, Dan Dejos hired me about 4 years ago to shoot for Ivan Salaverry to launch their new website. A couple weeks ago he brought me back out to shoot for their website refresh. Hoping we'll get to do it again in another 4 years! Hahaha
Check out their site at https://www.ivansalaverrymma.com

Dominate FC II

After fight week in Chicago leading up to Glory 58 last Friday, I had just enough time to head straight back to work for Dominate FC II at the Tacoma Dome. Literally worked all night Friday till the shuttle took me to the airport at 5am. I had just enough time to make it all work out. Like I had about a 3 hour nap on the flight and I was still wearing the same cloths from the night before cause there wasn’t enough time to make it home before I need to show up to the venue. Hahah. I was originally planning on going to be back in Europe, but due to a few “technical” difficulties, I came home instead. Thankfully so, because DFC II was epic! I had an Allstar team made up of Abbie Parr, David Craig, Heidi Marshall, Doug Hills and Hannah Mootz on task to hold down the fort for me. Everyone of them absolutely crushed it. Proud of how these 5 strangers (at the time) that I threw into the mix for the first time came together and ran things like the professionals they are!!

Only 2 shows in and Dominate FC is already the premier show in the south end. Showcasing only the best of the best amateurs, and incredibly talented up and coming professionals alongside WSOF and UFC veterans. Here’s a few of my selects from the night of action.

Glory 58 Chicago

It’s been a wild week with the crew at Glory Kickboxing. Starting fight week off in Germany, I made my way out to the Windy City to get in some more work with my mentor and Glory’s Chief Photographer, James Law. Along the way, I was informed that I wouldn’t be allowed back in to the EU for 3 months, so had to call a few audibles on the fly and head home to Seattle after the show. Oh, and I forgot my computer on the plane, and it’s still MIA. So that sucks. But all in all, It was all worth it in the end. Onto fight week, It’s always a fantastic time working with such a good human being in James Law who pushes me to do some new and wild things behind the camera. Not to mention the rest of the ops staff that’s welcomed me into the fold. Grateful for the people who have entrusted me with getting the shots.

Here’s a few of my selects from my time in Chicago.

Seattle Majestics

This last Saturday I was able to join up with the Seattle Majestics for their 2017 season home opener at French Field in Kent, WA.  I knew this was going to be a blast simply cause it's Football, but I had no idea how wrapped up I would become in the energy and pure emotion coming off the sideline.  These ladies are in a class of their own.  The dedication they have to their teammates and passion for the game is what makes for some of the epic sports stories of we see in Hollywood today.  And that's not to mention the incredible hits, and big plays that one comes to expect from the gridiron.

This was the first time I shot football in a little over a year, so this game was more about shaking off that rust and getting back into the rhythm of things.  I can't wait to get back out there next week to see these athletes back in action!!!

Here's a few highlights from Seattle's, 24-21 win over a game Portland Fighting Shockwave on April 8th, 2017.

WSOFNYC, New Year's in the Big Apple

Here's the highlights from my trip weekend to NYC to shoot World Series of Fighting with Ryan Loco (www.ryanloco.com) at the famed Madison Square Garden on New year's Eve.  I'm in your debt for all the support my friend!  It was a great time exploring and mostly getting lost in the Subway with my homie David Craig who worked as Ryan's Digital Tech.  I may have possibly fallen in love with the big apple!  

WSOF 33!!!

This latest adventure took me on the road to meet up with the man himself, Ryan Loco in Kansas City, MO for a stellar lineup of fights at the beautiful Municipal Auditorium for World Series of Fighting 33.  On a side note, that venue is a piece of history and anyone who has the opportunity visit the Auditorium, should do so. Below are a few of my favorite shots from the studio session, behind the scenes an a few highlights from cageside.   

I really can't thank enough for the constant support you've shown me, Ryan!

Much love Homie!!  

 

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers

What a great day for some MLS soccer in the PNW!  This was my first time out shooting soccer of any sort and I gotta say, I'm hooked!  Now talk about a rivalry every bit as intense as you can imagine from the Northwest powerhouses. From the rather small section the Sounders Supporters had, they sure didn't hold back and made their voices heard throughout the stadium.  In the end, the Sounders had a rough day of it. By the end of the first half they found them selves being shut down four to nada.  Though Seattle made a valiant effort with two scores in the second half, Portland held their lead to take this battle in the war that is, Seattle vs. Portland.