Over the last decade Mateo has spent countless hours perfecting his lighting, vision, and photographic imagery in and out of the studio. 
 Having shown interest in photography from an early age, he attended black and white film classes and learned the process of developing 35mm. 
In 2010 he graduated from a private institution called Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Mateo spent the next several years working amongst numerous talented artists, operating multiple photo studios in the city. 
He has built a network and community that he is proud of. With this, came a generous working knowledge of current gear, and industry techniques. ​​​​​​​