Matthew Hahnel (@matthewhahnel)

Bio:Photographer based in Washington Married to @reneeroaming Sony Alpha ambassador info@matthewhahnel.com

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I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who purchased our book “Roaming America” during the pre-sale! It was a huge success, and due to demand they have already had to ship more to the US before the first batch has even arrived! Those of you who have already purchased a copy in the US, the books should be shipping out before the end of the month. Renee and I are so excited for everyone to get them and hear your feedback. Thanks again and don’t hesitate to message me with any questions about planning your National Park trips, happy to help when I have some free time to respond to messages 🤙🏻 Image with the @sonyalpha A7R II and 24-70 lens.

Feeling happy, free and forever grateful for the experiences we have had over the past week and a bit here on the Islands of Tahiti. It has been an absolute dream to visit this place and our already high expectations were absolutely blown out of the water (no pun intended). It was so great to be able to stay busy with all of the exciting activities, but also to be able to just stop and spend some quality time as a couple. We are forever working our butts off and working on our business together, so trips like these where we get to stop for a moment are incredible for us. Plenty more images to share from the islands, so stay tuned 🏝 @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti

This day was one for the books... one of those you know that you will remember for life. We left our hotel by boat, which is the norm here on Bora Bora, and headed out for a full day of water activities. Honestly, water where I cannot stand has always scared me a bit.. the fear of not knowing what is below I think was the main reason. The fact that I would be at the mercy of creatures who glide through so effortlessly while I flop around like a fish out of water also doesn’t help. This trip to The Islands of Tahiti has helped to squash these fears. As I jumped off the boat into 50 feet of the clearest water you will ever see, surrounded by sharks, I didn’t feel fear, but instead a deep sense of calm. We swam below for an hour while these sharks circled curiously, and I learned that these creatures are not the big scary monsters that society sometimes make them out to be. We got back in the boat and made our next stop in shallower water where we got to swim with more sharks, but also with incredibly playful rays. They would come right up to you and say hello. At one point, @reneeroaming was essentially getting a big old bear hug from one of them (her facial expressions were hilarious). Our last stop was by this insanely beautiful island (as seen in this photo) where we drove up to another boat that had a grill on it. We were treated to one of the the most delicious meals of the trip cooked right on the boat. Renee couldn’t help but get in one more swim before we headed back for the day, and I managed to snap this off the second floor of the boat. @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti

I have been incredibly lucky to have visited some incredible island destinations, but The Islands of Tahiti have without a doubt taken the throne at the top for me. We are here exploring for a week and a half, and after a few days I already know it’s going to be hard to leave. One of my favorite moments so far was when Renee and I were in our bungalow one morning when we heard some faint noises from outside. We went out to find a canoe pulling up to our little dock with breakfast on board! Before digging in to our food we couldn’t resist a quick little paddle out from our bungalow to enjoy the rainbow that was popping off behind us. I mean really, a full rainbow view over the ocean right outside your window?! Something I will never forget that’s for sure. Thanks to @shortstache Who snapped a photo of us on the canoe as we glided by his bungalow 🤙🏻 @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti @letahaaislandresort

WOW, thank you SO much to everyone who has shown support since the pre-release of our new book Roaming America a couple of days ago. We have had such an incredible response and can not wait till they start to hit your mail boxes next month. After a year in the making, we cannot describe how good it feels to finally be able to share this project with you all! As an extra thank you, Renee and I added just a few more of the pre-order bonus copies (signed copy and comes with free print) for those who missed out on the first lot, otherwise you can pre-purchase a regular copy any time. You can find links for where to grab the book in my bio or on my previous post. You guys are incredible, thanks again! P.S. Renee and I are heading somewhere new tomorrow, any guesses where? Hint: it looks very different to this but has a big similarity 👀

🌲 BOOK PRE-SALE 🌲 We are so excited to finally share the pre-order details for our first book, Roaming America. In 2017 @ReneeRoaming and I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime… a 7 month journey to every national park in America. Over the course of this epic road trip, we traveled through 39 states, two US territories, drove over 25,000 miles, took 26 flights, and hiked hundreds of miles across some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. Roaming America tells our story through images captured along the way and musings from the road. We also share our personal experiences and give away insider tips to help you plan your own national parks adventure! #RoamingAmerica — — — — — — — — — — — — 📚 WHERE TO BUY 📚 •If you are interested in a signed copy along with a free print then head on over to Renee’s website: ReneeRoaming.com (limited to 100 copies, so act quick if this interests you!) •USA 🇺🇸 Amazon currently has a pre-order sale on with 37% off of retail price (such a steal!). Also available from Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and other major retailers. •Canada 🇨🇦 Pre-order from Amazon Canada. Currently discounted, link in bio. •Europe/UK 🇬🇧 Dutch & English versions available from retailers such as Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, WHSmith, Book Depository, and @LannooPublishers •Australia 🇦🇺 Pre-order from Amazon AU or stores such as Angus & Robertson and Dymocks. (I will keep updating this list as the book makes its way around the globe) 🌏 — — — — — — — — — — — — Renee and I put our heart and soul into this book, and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with you guys! I also wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to all of you for the support over the years. It’s cliche I know, but without you guys this book would have never been possible. — — — — — — — — — — — — @LannooPublishers @UitgeverijLannoo @BooksByMarked #WHPgoingplaces

It’s almost that time folks. Good views, good friends, good times. Sometimes even cheesecake at the top after a long hike 🤤 Stoked for the snow to melt and to start checking off places from a list that has become WAY too long... though I guess it’s not a bad thing this state has enough to see to last a few lifetimes. Definitely going to try and fit as many of them as possible into this one.

If I could describe Alaska in a few words, it would be “on another level”. It has similarities to states in the lower 48, but it’s almost as if Alaska took those similarities and said “how can we make this bigger and more likely to kill you?”. The mountains are bigger, the mosquitoes are sized like birds and there’s some MONSTER bears up there. If you speak to any native Alaskan who spends time outdoors (most of them), they are almost guaranteed to know someone who has had a close-call with a bear, or much worse. Because of this, hiking in Alaska definitely is a unique experience. Your senses are heightened, and any sound out of the ordinary is magnified. It doesn’t help that so many of the hikes have you bashing through head-high brush, limiting what you can actually see. With that said, if you come prepared (bear spray, making lots of noise, proper food storage etc), you will be rewarded with some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere to be found in the world. This particular scene was one of our favorites on a trip to Alaska last summer. We hiked up in what was mostly beautiful weather, but things quickly changed as we approached our destination higher up in the mountains. It started to rain relentlessly, so we quickly set up our tent and spent the rest of the night hunkered up in there to stay dry. We typically avoid sleeping in huts as they often have mice, which means I don’t sleep. We set our alarms for sunrise, waking up to the sound of more rain pattering on the tent.. but as luck would have it, just after sunrise the clouds cleared, leaving this beautiful low hanging cloud in the valley below. Alaska never makes it easy on you, but at least the juice is always more than worth the squeeze.

It's easy to look at someone's Instagram and be jealous. We've all been there. I get messages all the time from people saying how jealous they are of my life. The thing is, no one's life is perfect. Although you might scroll through Instagram and be bombarded with photos of paradise, people flying around in helicopters and nice butts, Instagram is a highlight reel of everyone's lives. Truthfully, I have spent the last 2 weeks inside on my computer for 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you are a freelancer, you feel like there are no breaks. Your success relies solely upon how much you are willing to put into your work, and the moment you try to take a break, you feel guilty. Renee and I spend more time at home and working 10+ hours a day, stressing over deadlines than we do outside taking photos. I've worked many jobs and never felt the same amount of pressure, stress and uncertainty as I do with this one.. but with all of that said, I wouldn't change it for the world. Freelancing isn't for everyone, but if its your calling, you cannot imagine doing anything else. The drive to continue to live on your own terms keeps you focused during those long stints in front of the computer writing emails that you most likely won't get a response to, editing photos for hours that you have no idea if anyone will like (or if the Instagram algorithm will show to people) and following up on invoices you sent out months ago that haven't been paid. This isn't supposed to be a sob story... I just want everyone out there to know that it's not all happy days and everyone on Instagram doesn't poop rainbows. We all have different callings, so be happy with where you are. If you aren't, work and work until you are. You are capable of reaching your goals if you want them bad enough I guarantee it. Anyway, this photo was taken on the trip that kicked it all off for me back in 2016. I was fired from my job and we both decided to leave Colorado and make this whole photography thing a career. Nearly three of the best years of our lives later here we are, a few more wrinkles but with a hell of a lot of great memories. Thanks to each and every one of your for being a part of the ride 🍻

This photo was taken during our road-trip to every national park in 2017, but for some reason I never got around to sharing it here. This was one of my favorite hikes of the whole 7 months. We walked thousands of feet from the valley floor to reach this INCREDIBLE view over an ice field that seemed to stretch forever. Alaska is so incredibly wild and so incredibly beautiful. Cannot wait to get back and explore this area more in the future. Renee and I share some of our favorite camping spots in our book that will be up for pre-sale shortly, and this is one of them! Some places truly have to be seen to be believed 😍

Back on our National Parks road-trip in 2017 @reneeroaming and I had to split up one morning to capture different areas. We had limited time to photograph Death Valley, and we wanted to capture as much of it as possible. She went up to this vantage point, while I went down to capture Badwater Basin (the lowest spot in the US, below sea level). While I was happy with the images that I captured, I was just a little jealous of Renee’s view from 5500 feet up above where I was. So, on our recent van trip back to Death Valley, we made sure to both visit together this time. It was a beautiful sunrise. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. The wind was minimal and the light glorious. Thanks for the show Mother Nature, you a real one. The original image that Renee captured from here made it into our book about our road trip to all US National Parks. The book release date is approaching, and we will be announcing pre-sale information shortly! Make sure to keep an eye on mine and @reneeroaming stories to stay up-to-date if you are interested 🍻

As a lot of you would know, Renee and I recently spent a week traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. We were absolutely blown away by the beautiful coastline and rugged mountains that stretch almost the entire length of the west coast. Although we saw SO much, we feel like we have unfinished business in Ireland, and can’t wait to get back to dig deeper into this amazing country that has SO much to offer. Swipe to check out some other images we captured during the trip which I haven’t gotten around to sharing yet 🤙🏻 @thewildatlanticway @tourismireland #LoveIreland #wildatlanticway

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