We would like you to know a little bit about our philosophy.

We feel it is important to continue making the finest black and white photographic prints, each print by hand in a traditional wet darkroom. Just as the fine craftsmanship is valued in a fine piece of furniture, hand blown glass, or a priceless oil painting, we feel it should also be valued in the creation of a handcrafted black and white photographic print.

At Hidden Light LLC we work with many processes including: the traditional black and white silver gelatin print and  Platinum/Palladium. We take very seriously the task of making the finest print that can be made, and are always trying to improve what we can do.

We invite you to take a deeper look into our website where you can see some of the projects we have worked on, see who our clients are, and learn more about our services.

Most Sincerely,

Matt Beaty


With a background in photography and marketing, Matt came on board in 2013 to look after The Framing Department and to make sure Stephen and Corey don’t get in too much trouble.

He brought with him a wealth of experience in communications and small business marketing in Flagstaff.

In 2016, Matt joined Hidden Light as a partner and took over Corey Allen’s role as the primary platinum/palladium printer. Three years later in 2019, he purchased the remainder of the business from Stephen Saunders to become full owner.

He particularly enjoys the creative process in the outdoors and can often be found camping in the wilderness of Northern Arizona on weekends, shooting digital or large format, and chatting about photography with anyone who will listen.



With a background in freelance photography and photojournalism, Taylor works in the silver gelatin darkroom. His intuitive feel for darkroom processes is a product of over 16 years working on his craft and continually experimenting with and learning new procedures, including several alternative process techniques.

Have backpack, will travel.

Taylor still shoots a LOT of film; large format, 120, and 35mm.


A graduate of NAU’s photography program and a passionate lover of the outdoors, Kristen looks over the day-to-day admin at Hidden Light and manages The Framing Department including all framing design, mounting, laminating and finishing. In her spare time, she’s learning as much as she can about archival framing methods, re-familiarizing herself with darkroom printing, and making sure everyone has the proper amount of snacks.

Hidden Light Alumni Section

Our thanks go out to our alumni, each of whom has contributed part of themselves to help make Hidden Light LLC what it is today.