Photographers Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash Meet on Google+ and Get Married


Photo from Nicole S. Young’s G+ stream.

One way you can judge the health of a social network is by the relationships that come out of it. There has probably been no more vibrant social network for photographers this past year than Google+. Google+ attracted the most social of photographers early on last year when they launched and they’ve succeed in capturing the soul of social networking for photographers since. There are many sites where you can post photos, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, 500px, but none have quite the social magic that Google+ has in quite the same way right now.

I remember when Flickr first launched back in the day, back when they seemed to have a simliar magic. One of the first things you saw coming out of Flickr were romantic relationships — many people were meeting on Flickr, getting involved and in some cases even getting married. Google+ is only a year and a half old at this point, but today I saw the first photographer marriage coming out of the network that I’ve noticed so far, photographers Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash announced that they tied the knot.

For those of you who don’t know Nicole and Brian, they are wonderful photographers and contributors to G+. Nicole is a photographer and author who specializes in stock and food photography and Brian works for photo processing company onOne Software and like me loves to shoot abandoned and urbex type photography.

From Nicole:

“Every once in a while something that is seemingly small comes along that makes a difference in your life, and other times it changes your life completely. In the summer of 2011 Google+ was brought to life, and with that the beginning of Hangouts and a swarm of amazing people from all over the world. This community here on Google+ has impacted my life so wonderfully and drastically, and in the process I’ve made many life-long friends and connected with people I barely knew before, but through the popularity of Hangouts I was able to actually interact with.

One of those people was +Brian Matiash, and just a few months ago we officially tied the knot!

Yes, it’s true. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I said YES!!! We had a simple ceremony on what we call “Marriage Day”

My good Pal Trey Ratcliff got the assist for helping to introduce them to each other on, yep, you guessed it, a Google+ hangout.

Congratulations to Brian and Nicole both on this excellent news! I’m curious as to whether or not they’ll be registering at B&H or Adorama.

And for the rest of you, before you pony up for that match.com or eHarmony account next month, you just might want to reconsider and head on over and check out Google+ instead. My money’s on Scott Jarvie being next, btw. ;)

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5 comments on “Photographers Nicole S. Young and Brian Matiash Meet on Google+ and Get Married
  1. Lee says:

    Great piece that made me smile and want to plus it all over the place. Not even taking the bet on Jarvie because, well doh…

  2. April Joy Gutel says:

    Congratulations Brian and Nicole!!!!

  3. Brian says:

    Thanks SO much for taking the time to write this entry, TH. Suffice it to say that it means a lot, as does your (and everyone else’s) well-wishes. I hope we get a chance to shoot some gnarly abandonment again sooner rather than later.

    Best wishes to you and the fam! Let me know if you need anything from me.

  4. Nicolesy says:

    Thank you for the kind words, TH! Hmm, I kinda like that idea about the wedding registry … ;)

    Hope to meet up with you soon, a trip down to SF would be a nice getaway, hehe :)

  5. Kevin La Rue says:

    Hearty congrats Brian and Nicole (whom I hope to meet someday!). Well done folks and a cheerful *huzzah* for many happy years together!