D.W. Matthews Studios, LLC

Chamber networking leads to major “photo op” for Deidre Matthews.

What does your business do? When and Why did you join the Brooklyn Chamber?

I’ve been a professional photographer for 15 years including stints with Showtime Networks and LIFE magazine where I worked with famed photographer Gordon Parks. I opened my New Jersey based studio four years ago where I specialize in portrait, wedding, corporate event and publicity photography and "candid" photos of my clients and the people and things they love most. Depending upon my clients’ preferences and needs, I will work “in studio” or “on location” throughout the tristate area and beyond. Commercial work is my main stay in Brooklyn where I work with companies to develop their marketing materials, produce their corporate headshots or cover their events.

I was introduced to the Chamber by a fellow Spelman graduate who was employed with the Chamber at the time. I joined in 2003 and it has been a wonderful experience.

How has your Brooklyn Chamber membership assisted your business?

The Chamber has given me visibility in places and with people who otherwise would not have known of my work. I covered the Chamber’s 2005 Building Brooklyn Awards where one of the honorees I photographed, Rhonda Lewis of Bridge Street Development Corp., later contacted me to create a montage of senior citizens’ portraits for a permanent exhibit at their Quincy Street Residences in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which opened this winter. Another fellow Member Monique Greenwood allowed me to do part of the shoot at Akwaaba Mansion, which was great. This opportunity led to my being commissioned for another similar project by another organization. Certainly, the Chamber’s networking events have proven to be the most fruitful for me, especially Brooklyn Eats, no pun intended!