Tree of Life Films & Photos

Tree of Life Films & Photos

Based In: Las Vegas, Nevada
Photographer: Tree of Life Films & Photos

Tree of Life Films & Photos

Based In: Las Vegas, Nevada

Hi! We’re Jennifer & Tom Mattera, an elopement photographer and videographer team, based in Las Vegas, Nevada and traveling all throughout Utah, Arizona and Southern California to document couples adventuring and in love.

We’re originally from Pennsylvania and spent over 10 years capturing traditional weddings mainly on the East Coast. A few years ago, we visited Joshua Tree National Park for the first time where we shot an engagement session and we were hooked. We loved the experience so much that we planned a cross country road trip to see the National Parks in Southern Utah and fell in love with the American Southwest. It literally blew our minds! So much so that we and our 3 cats, Moosie, Lala & Elf moved across the country and landed in sunny Las Vegas!

Now, we are within driving distance to so many National Parks and endless epic locations, so we are up for adventure. There is something about the desert, the mountains, the desolate beauty that draws us in. We can’t think of a better place to go on an adventure together and celebrate your love. This is where you share experiences and create memories. Imagine hiking as the sky starts to glow and saying your vows as the sun rises over the mountain. Or soaking in the last bits of sun as it sets in the endless desert.

Elopements are for you if you want to escape the stress and production of a traditional wedding and strip everything down to the core. It’s all about you two and your love. It’s your moment.

We are big believers in keeping this experience authentic. The way to do that is for you to have everything planned out ahead of time so you can relax and enjoy the day. We’ll help you along the way for location recommendations and permits. We’ll help you schedule the day to make it a fun and chill experience. We’re going to get to know you two really well so it feels like you’re just hanging out with your friends, Jennifer & Tom on your elopement day. It’s just us (not a big paparazzi team).

One of the best things we hear from our couples is that we made them feel really comfortable and that we brought a zen vibe to their wedding day. That is the best compliment that we could get as first and foremost to us is that you have an amazing experience. We also love that our relationship often continues beyond your wedding. Many of our couples bring us out for their anniversaries, vow renewals and family sessions. we’re so grateful to get to be a part of our couples lives as the years go on.

From a photography and videography perspective, Jennifer is an award winning photographer with a background studying fine art, photography, web/graphic design and experience working with Advertising agencies. Tom is an award winning filmmaker and co-director of 2 feature films which were distributed worldwide. His first film received favorable reviews in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and he worked with Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid in his second film.

Our approach is capturing genuine moments where you two are actually into each other and experiencing the amazing environment that you are in the middle of. We’ll help you get there with prompts and direction (only as much as you would like or need). We make it fun, we play music – send us your playlist! We like to do whatever works for you. Once you’re in the moment, we don’t need to say much at all!

On the technical side, we like to prepare by scouting ahead of time for amazing light with epic backdrops. We are obsessed with shooting into the sun and lighting up your photos and videos with all of those magical sun flares. We like to go for a dreamy vibe, because that’s how we feel when we are standing at the edge of the desert as the sun blazes just before it sets.

So if you’re looking to adventure, elope and make a couple of new friends, hit us up! We’d love to hear from you!!

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Jenn and Tom from Tree of Life are incredible. Working with them was amazing right from the first phone call. It started off with just a chat on the phone to get to know each other. It was great to already feel a personal connection right from the start. During our first shoot, they made us feel so incredibly comfortable and open. We felt so at ease the whole time, and this was our first professional shoot! This was so essential in capturing candid and natural shots. They are both incredibly intuitive and creative as well. During our engagement shoot, they found the coolest spots to get gorgeous shots. Places we would never think to go to. They just have awesome sense of what looks good. Jenn and Tom took into account our vibe and aesthetic with the photos/video they created. It just felt so us. My husband and I, all our friends and family can not stop looking over the gorgeous photos and cinematic video. So happy that our special day was captured in the most authentic and gorgeous way. Do not think twice, work with Jenn and Tom!!

Jillian & Mike

we just received our films and holy moly. this footage, these photos--it's all more than we ever could have imagined. Tom and Jenn knew exactly how to frame every instant. They honored our wishes, caught every intimate moment, and found a way to create film and edit pictures that made the day feel like the fairytale we dreamed. Before our wedding, Tom and Jenn were privy to our concerns and were there for us on the day of our wedding. They are thoughtful, creative, generous---and know exactly how to craft the day cinematically. They are a tremendous couple, a wonderful team, and--together--an absolute force

Melissa & Jordan

Tree of Life Films & Photography is absolutely, the most incredible team I have ever worked with. Not only were they so much fun, with the sweetest personalities, Tom & Jennifer are extreme professionals with an incredible eye. Within spending five minutes together, we felt as if we had known them our whole lives. They captured our personalities and made the experience so enjoyable and effortless. I was in complete awe when I saw the photos; beautiful doesn't describe it enough. We are so grateful that we got to shoot with them and I HIGHLY recommend them! Let Jennifer and Tom capture your most special moments. You won't regret it!

Bently & Heidi

Jennifer & Tom are epically talented. I've never seen lighting used so fantastically well! When we got our pictures back, we were speechless and floored! Our families cried because these two captured our wedding moments in the most beautiful way

Riley & Eric
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