About Matt


Matt Rainey is an Independent Contract Photographer based in Annandale, NJ - USA.  

Matt shoots still photography for clients including American Express, Rutgers University, RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter's University Hospital, The New York Times, NJ Monthly Magazine, The Business Council, USGA, among other distinguished organizations.  

Matt specializes in coverage of corporate town hall meetings, senior leadership conferences, editorial visual storytelling and news/features. He expertly works silently and unobtrusively. He is a deeply experienced photojournalist, as well as an editorial, corporate, lifestyle, food, product and eCommerce photographer. Very recently, Matt worked on staff for Rodale Inc. producing still photography for Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, Bicycling, Runner's World, Organic Life, Rodales.com, Rodale Books and Rodale Custom Publications.  

Since 2009, Matt has served as a contract photographer for Corporate Affairs and Colleague Communication with American Express.  

Matt spent 15 years on staff at The Star-Ledger covering stories including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in SouthEast Asia, Hurrican Katrina, The Virginina Tech shootings, conflict in the Middle East and thousands of stories of New Jersey residents. 

Matt is the recipient of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, and a member of the team awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. The awards were administered during Rainey's tenure at The Star-Ledger. Among scores of photography and journalism awards, he is the recipient of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Award for Domestic Photojournalism and the 2005 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, administered by The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.  

Matt sits on the 2018 Advisory Board for the DesignThinking@Rutgers Certificate Program, Rutgers Center for Innovation Education and has served as an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Kean University and Rutgers University. 

Matt is a graduate of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, he is married and the father of three. He also has a new puppy at home, a German Shepard aptly named Leica.