Sports Season? Sony Erickson Tennis

I love certain sports and have shot all types.  Tennis still my favorite and I am looking forward to another great year shooting tennis for my stock agency, Photosport.

Rafael Nadal Doing His Signature Move

Serena Williams Going For It

Andy Roddick

Rafael Nadal, Number 1 Player In the World

Andy Roddick Shows His Gameface

Larry Bird Rebounds

Magic Johnson

New Fashion Editorial for Dimension Magazine by Matt Dunn

I have many editorial projects coming out in October and November,  This is one of my fashion editorial stories

done at the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  All I can say is wow was it hot that day.  We got all the work done in about

8 hours in record setting heat,  98 degrees in the shade.  I am looking forward to sharing more of my fashion/ beauty magazine work with you

on this blog.  Keep in touch or subscribe to the blog.

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Dimension Magazine fashion editorial by photographer Matt Dunn

Opening Spread for the Dimension Magazine

Opening Spread for the Dimension Magazine 2010

 Dimension Magazine 2010

Dominika and Wyatt Dimension Magazine 2010 by photographer Matt Dunn

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Matt Dunn Gets on His Knees to Photograph Kids and Pets

Hey guys,

Been asked repeatedly about how I shoot children and pets so well.  Here is the secret.  Get down on their level! It really is that simple.  They will gravitate to you and respond very differently than if you loom over them asking them to pick their heads up to look at you.  Shoot in the morning since pets and people are most compliant then.  Shoot lost of images and dont worry so much about getting everything right.  It will stress your subject.  Just have fun with the process and they will enjoy it as well.  Keep everything positive and praise often.  I promise the next time you break out the camera they will love having their photograph taken.Our loving companion for more than 8 yearsNotice that I was on the ground when I shot this image.  They are both so relaxed and it was so much fun.  They had been running and playing in Tennessee.

Weekend Working

It seems to always be the sign of a good week, or at least a very busy one. Weekend working has been on the last 5 weeks in a row.  Wow!!! Whether Ive been uploading a project to an editors or creative directors FTP site or processing raw files and organizing them, Ive been thrilled being this busy this early in the season.  God has definitely been good to us.  Putting some finishing touches on some magazine work on Monday and Tuesday.  Prepping Wednesday for a road trip to Atlanta.  Cant wait to see one of my best friends.

Heather in Studio

Shot some images of Heather(Mega Models Miami).  Great model.  I will definitely use her again and again.

Here is another one…

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5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing A Wedding Photographer by Matt Dunn

5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing A Wedding Photographer
You’re getting married! The date is set, the rings have been picked out and now you start putting the pieces together for the wedding of your dreams. During the next months, you’ll be faced with so many choices than you ever imagined. From the wedding dress and flowers to photography, food, and the venue you will plan a plethora of details.
After the big day, the dress will be carefully stored in the attic, the flowers will die, and the food will have been eaten. Your wedding photographs, however, will live on as a record to the love, friendship, and unique happiness of the day.
Photography is the only wedding expense that will continue to give the bride and groom a return on their investment.  Wedding photography is an investment the couple will appreciate with each passing year, as the memories of their special day are savored and shared with friends and family.
A couple might budget $20,000 for their wedding. Even if the photographer’s services are $2,000, that’s only 10 percent of the total cost. Yet the value of that 10 percent will multiply itself many times over in the coming years.
Mistake #1: Not asking for testimonials
Nowadays it’s not very hard to say you are a wedding photographer. Just get a camera, photograph a friend’s wedding, print some samples off at a one hour lab and charge less than everyone else. In the last 20 years, I’ve seen many new photographers come and go. Dropping prices in consumer digital cameras have made everyone with a halfway decent camera think they can be a “professional photographer.” You want a photographer that consistently makes of brides happy. There’s a lot more to good portraits than pressing a button on an expensive camera. You would like to know how other bridal couples did or did not enjoy working with this photographer.  Many special things will happen during your wedding and reception.  Can you be sure that the photographer you choose will not overlook them
Mistake #2
: Photographer not having an assistant on the day of the wedding
Photographing a wedding is a lot of work for one person. The assistant helps arrange people, watch for details like necklaces and cuffs, works with the bride’s wedding dress and keep the day flowing smoothly. All of this means you get better photographs AND a better experience on the wedding day.
Mistake #3
: Deciding only by price
Don’t shop for price; shop for value. Remember: You get what you pay for. Value comes in the confidence you have in the photographer and their work. Besides good photography, consider several other factors, including the studio décor (are they stuck in the 80’s?), the photographer’s camera and equipment (will they have backup equipment with them?), their image, and how they conduct business. The photographer’s personality also is very important. Everyone is pretty stressed on the day of the wedding and you want someone who will help put you at ease and help you look your best. Great value has many facets.
Mistake #4: Not determining if the photographer has a VISION about your wedding photographs
Look at the photographer’s work. Does he have a background in fashion/beauty industry? Do the wedding couples look like they had a good time?  Are the colors vibrant?  Are the photographs “OK” or are they “great”? Did the photographer capture the detail of the wedding gown? Do these photos look like everyone else’s?
Mistake #5: Not having a planning session before the wedding
Do you want the photographer to show up at your wedding and ask you a thousand questions? Wouldn’t it be great if a few weeks before the wedding you could sit down and discuss things like how you’re going to handle divorced parents or Grandpa in a wheelchair? If your photographer has a planning meeting with you, you know they are really interested in YOUR ideas about your wedding photos.
Planning a wedding is a tremendous undertaking, and you’ll want a beautiful photographic story that shows just how special your day is. While the day will come and go, the memories will live on in your wedding album for years to come.  The food, the flowers, the dress will be gone after a day.  The photographs will increase in value as time goes on. They will provide you with “Your Story” for years of wonderful memories.

“Your Face” and How I Photograph You

“If I could say anything to people who need my product for their careers,” explained Matt Dunn, “I would probably say, ‘Your face matters and it was a gift given to you by God? You particularly as an individual are a miracle of his creation. Your face is an incredible miracle that needs the clarity, a way to differentiate you from someone else. I’m trying not to sound arrogant in all of this but it really comes down to, I am a powerful communicator with when it comes to a person’s face. I can see their magic, their potential. I know how to put it on a piece of paper so that an audience “sees their magic.” This is why many people I photograph continue to say I am the first photographer who really saw the real them.

“To actors and models, stop playing with fire,” Matt continued. “These are your careers. Don’t let five years of your life go by with mediocrity as your tool.” And Matt knows actors and models, having worked with many A-list actors in Hollywood and New York City supermodels along a career that has spanned more than 2 decades.

Matt directs the subjects though his double doors on his studio “set” with ease. One might think a photo shoot would center on one subject, but in Matt’s style, anywhere from five to eight actors and other professionals are working. There’s spectacular group camaraderie and sometimes a diva with attitude, as is true with any Hollywood set—and this gives a reality to the experience. More importantly, the group shoot takes the pressure off any one individual and affords plenty of time for wardrobe changes, makeup touch-ups, and new hairstyles (some women go into up-do’s, while men may shave off their 5 o’clock shadows after doing some more rugged looking shots).

In the true spirit of community service, Matt wants to make sure parents have a good, current photo of their children should they need it in a time of crisis. “I feel so strongly about it. Any child under the age of five on the planet to come visit with us for 15 or 20 minutes and we will shoot them for free, and we do that in support of Amber Alerts,” said Matt. “We hope that nobody ever needs to use my picture for that purpose, but I do know, however, when I see the children who have been abducted, and their pictures on television,” he continued, explaining that often the photos available to the media during Amber Alerts are outdated.

The Incomparable Sam Elliott

L'Uomo Vogue

“But what I love giving back to the community of actors and models, or people who need to have headshots for the purpose of career—what I enjoy so much about it is the glow in their faces when they see themselves on film through my camera,” exclaims Matt. It’s exciting to see that you’ve really touched someone’s heart about who they are, and I think if I have appreciated and learned anything, it’s that everybody really does have a unique gift, and I’m able to, through the camera, not let an audience see the photography side of it, but more importantly see the person who’s being photographed.”

Candice Accola from the set of The Vampire Diaries

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“Get to Know Me”

“I believe in the power of the photo’s magic, the ability to touch the soul with light and shadow; to excite through color and balance”. “Through the eye of a photographer a glance becomes a romance, wind becomes a dancer when introduced to fabric, and motion is stopped in a heightened sense with the click of a shutter”. “I strive for that split-second magic that happens when motion, mood and mystery by come together to form powerful color, and black & white photographs”. “The many forces within my life have influenced my vision”.” From the early images I grew up seeing by Avedon and Skrebneski, my time living in Paris and New York, the friends I adore from Milan to L.A., and the compelling memory of Miami Beach; all have shaped me in quite an indescribable way”. “I enjoy the challenge of creating modern images, powerful visual stories that speak effectively of life and the many ways we live it”.” Art, images, visual; it’s all is like water to me”. “I need it to survive”. “Through the years I’ve taken many timely images which have become timeless of women, movie-stars, and personalities.”

“I have photographed campaigns that I have charged tens of thousands of dollars for and I have captured images that I have charged nothing for”. “I love what I do for a living and direct that passion toward your project”.

I like: Archeology, History, Fashion, Cars, music, Cult films, European cemeteries, Passion,Spontaneity, Kissing, Taking Chances, The Unknown, Philosophy, Astronomy, Pucci, The 70s, Animals, Disney World, Art, Architecture, Art-Deco furniture and architecture, Doorways, Lavish Hotels, Amusement Parks, The Ocean, Horse-back riding in the snow, Mayan ruins, Dachshunds, Australian Shepherds, strong french-press coffee, Italy, SoHo, Petting, Speed, releasing adrenaline, Jazz concerts, Sunset Grill, Rickenbacker basses, Seafoam green, warm sand between my toes, Songs in the Attic, Smoke on the Water, Chris Rea’s On the Beach as well as Fool If You Think Its Over, fields of lavender , public displays of affection, To Live and Die in L.A., crisp white linen shirts, worn espresso- colored leather couches and chairs, Gino Vannelli,Bobby Caldwell, Bottega Veneta Hermes, Waterman and Montblanc Pens, cheap dates, Patti Smith, white cliffs of Dover, Willy Wonka, The smell of Florida lakes and burnt gasoline, Waterfalls, Snickers, Brian DePalma movies, David Lynch, Pipe Organs,Left-over Pizza for breakfast, Salty buttery popcorn in a old musty movie theatre with torn velvet seats, Barbados, Capri, Santorini, Degas, Richard Avedon, Victor Skrebneski, Pamela Hansen, Milton H. Green,Alberto Varga, Antoni Gaudi, 800 thread count sheets, Bruce Weber,Herb Ritts, Batman, the scents of cafe’ and roasting chestnuts along the streets of Milano at Christmas time, Gatlinburg TN,Apocalypse Now, dark photos of lingerie, Windmills, train rides through the Alps, old paint peeling on concrete and wooden walls, Lemurs in Madagascar, Water Skiing, Catherine Deneuve, Rome, Salvador Dali,Picasso, Rodin, Hugh Prather, the Paris Metro, Atlanta in the Spring, Paris in April, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, very thin-crust pizza, everything in it’s place, stark contasts, incredible sound systems, Jim Beam, Mark Levinson, Mario Batali, Arthur Elgort, Rafael Nadal, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Zoom jerkbaits, Rapala DT’s,  Herman Miller Aeron chairs, Appalachian Trail

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