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About Me

Hi! My name is Matt Shiffler and I love to make great photographs and have a positive impact on other’s lives. I am a professional photographer and gallery owner in Cleveland where I freelance for Great Lakes Publishing and the Plain Dealer.

Growing up an avid fisherman, my photography evolved from my love of nature and the outdoors. My photographs focus on the beauty of the Midwest and capturing the humanity of all different types of people. I love to teach through photography and through social media, I am able to bring people on my travels that otherwise may not be able to.

Within the last few years, I made the difficult decision to quit my full time police position and take a chance on myself and my passion for photography. In 2017, I moved to Shenzhen, China and had the best year of my life teaching English and photographing across Southeast Asia. When I returned home, I was lucky enough to be hired by some of the best magazines and newspapers in Cleveland and am very grateful for my opportunities. I opened a gallery in Waterloo Arts District and love to make new friends if you wanted to stop by at Matt Shiffler Photography, 16101 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH.

Please feel free to send me a message with assignments, events or portraiture at 

View my resumé here with publications listed below. Matt Shiffler Photojournalism resumé

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Cleveland Rocks’ with Mott the Hoople in band’s first U.S. tour in 45 years

Cleveland Film Festival

MOCA FLOH Vodka art exhibit “Fight for Air climbers scale Key Tower for charity” “Painesville residents gather to speak out against gun violence”

Wish Cleveland #GivingTuesday Event “Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band”

Heart of Ohio “Winery 1285”

CWRU Alumni Association Winter Jingle Mingle NatureVation tours showcase Northeast Ohio’s shuttered steel mills and more” “The Cleveland Air Show: Flying Solo for the Last Time” A ringer in Mentor: Horseshoe tournament celebrates 40 years of tradition, friendships” Families mourn at service for lost eggs and embryos”

CWRU Football “The Pacific rim of fire: Hiking into the Ijen volcano on Java Island to see the blue flame”

Cleveland Magazine “Grove Bags Is Making Green From The Cannabis Industry” “Ohio Girls Division I State Basketball Championship”

Think Magazine “SIGHTS UNSEEN”

Photoscouting for Kia’s “Rain” campaign with Lebron James

1st Place Award for the national Backpacker Magazine contest