portrait and wedding photography




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Scott is a California native who grew up in Monterey and San Jose.  He started playing drums at a young age and in 1990 began recording music and touring with Reggae bands Inka Inka, Dub Nation and Dub FX.   He also backed many top Reggae artists including Judy Mowatt, Sister Carol, and Yami Bolo.

After the birth of his son in 2009, Scott picked up his first DSLR camera and quickly fell in love with the art form while photographing his own children.  He then moved on to shoot portraits and headshots, as well as landscape photography.

As his skills grew and word began to spread, he eventually was hired to shoot product and lifestyle photography for bicycle company Public Bikes, where he was able to develop a strong set of studio lighting techniques.  

After this experience, Scott decided to pursue photography full time and bring his knowledge of both natural and studio lighting to wedding, event and portrait photography.

Scott’s artistic background, both in music and in various photographic genres, provides the foundation for his unique style.  He feels that all art forms relate to each other and can support one’s artistic vision. He draws parallels between mixing a song in the recording studio and processing an image: the most important part is having a vision for what you want to create, and making it happen.








 City and Architecture



benefit project for victims of North Bay Fires

In October of 2017, wildfires ripped through Northern California destroying everything in its path with 8,900 structures destroyed, 44 deaths, and more than $3 billion in losses. More than 100,000 people were displaced from their homes, and countless numbers of people have lost absolutely everything. And while homes, businesses, and dreams will need to be restored, we did find Art Out of Ashes -- and now you have found us.

When the fires and smoke eventually cleared, they revealed a cemetery of a wide range of vehicles across the land. We felt one way we could communicate the peoples unique losses was through photographs of over one-hundred different vehicles which are individualized but represent such differences. We’ve captured the souls of these vehicles through the incredible lens of talented photographer Scott Maddern and have turned the photos into artwork for you to help raise money for the victims still struggling.

We have produced various collections of vehicle art for you ranging from exclusive small sets to larger sets that will only be available for purchase at an auction to take place at a Vineyard in Sonoma County. After the auction, some of the artwork and a photo book will also be available for purchase on this website.

The proceeds will go to benefit the victims of the fires through our partnership with the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid to long-term needs of those impacted by these devastating fires. 

Please visit our website for more information at  artoutofashes.org

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