When is a “photographer” “professional photographer”?

When is a “photographer” “professional photographer”?MDP_5364RTCH_pp

I recently followed a discussion in Model Mayhem launched by a “freelance photographer” who needed assistance with shooting a model portfolio for an aspiring model he had met recently. The supportive and caring response to the question was thoughtful and complete to the extreme. It really was a tribute to the professionals that are part of this group that shared without reservation even though I sensed a unspoken consensus of incredulity that a “photographer” would be unfamiliar with posing and lighting techniques.20346_222782166615_3224673_n

Ron Jon Surf Shop Billboards by Matt Dunn

Ron Jon Surf Shop Billboards by Matt Dunn

In the end, I suppose anyone who has ever taken a picture is a photographer and if you can get someone to pay you then you are a pro. Likewise, I know of no pro who didn’t launch their career doubtful of their readiness or worried that they would be revealed as a charlatan soon after taking their first polaroids(sorry for the reference but many of us started before the advent of digital and LCD screens).

I want to make it clear at the outset that my intention is not to demean anyone who considers himself or herself a photographer. I have had many assistants who taught me and have been willing to share techniques I may have never found in any other way.

Caroline in American Apparel Silver Swimsuit

Caroline in American Apparel Silver Swimsuit

That being said

I would really like to know how it feels to the pros out there who see aspiring photographers present and market themselves as “photographers” not to mention “professionals” when by any reasonable measure such a claim is at best a benign stretch of their own imagination,(of course, I don’t mean to include Ashton Kutcher in this set of “photographers”).

I can hit some tennis balls on the tennis court and look like I know what Im doing but I wouldn’t call myself a professional . So why is the word “photographer” bandied about so easily by so many with little more than a Coolpix and a website?

Am I just having a bad day or is this ever a minor irritation to anyone else too

Matt Dunn Top Model Photographer in Orlando Florida

Matt Dunn ,Top Model Photographer, in Orlando Florida. Top fashion, advertising, and celebrity photographer will open another studio in Orlando Florida.  His work is associated with clean fashion imagery as well as slick advertising campaigns for such famous clients as Walt Disney World, Everything But Water, Ron Jon Surf Shops, and ABC Television to name but a few.  His slick fashion editorial spreads have been published in Vogue, Harpers’s Bazaar, Marie Clair, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour in many countries and his work has been published in 86 countries.  His stock imagery is in the libraries of Corbis, Getty, and Super Stock.  He has been photographing celebrities and supermodels for three decades and is available for assignment world-wide.  Still working in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Miami, he will be also available for model development, model agency consultation, select weddings, portraits, and advertising work in the Orlando Florida area.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Dunn at (954)529-1390 for consultation.20346_233501666615_6226875_n

Helio Castroneves celebrity wife swap for ABC

Helio Castroneves celebrity wife swap for ABC

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New Work For Radio Disney with Austin Mahone

New Work For Radio Disney with Austin Mahone

Here is a little from my latest work with Radio Disney with Austin Mahone.  To be honest, I had to ask my daughter who Austin Mahone was since I had never heard of him.  She knew right away. although she is a country music fan.  She told me about things he had done as well as he is friends with Justin Bieber.

This shoot took place at a school in Miami called SLAM.  There were 1000+ screaming kids, many of them girls, there to catch a glimpse of the new bubble gum pop star. MDP_4186

Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014 and the huge crowd

Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014 and the huge crowd

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Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014

Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014

Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014

Austin Mahone Radio Disney 2014

New Unit Photography Work for ABC/Disney

New Unit Photography Work for ABC/Disney  Here is some of my new photography work for ABC/Disney.   I recently finished work on The Bachelor with Juan Pablo.  I also spent time photographing the Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 22 wins and 33 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing until 2011, where he placed eleventh. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth. He also was the Dancing With The Stars Mirrorball Trophy winner.   Here are a few images from both.  Renee and Juan Pablo bond during the hometown dates on The Bachelor Credit: Matt Dunn/ABC

Just showing my fans what I have been up to lately!

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

The Bachelor Juan Pablo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves

Happy New Year from Matt Dunn Photography

Happy New Year to everyone.  My December was crazy with multiple shoots for ABC television as well as many agency shoots.  I feel blessed to have so many that trust me to take their visions to the next level.

Miami Beach, South Beach agencies are getting back after it bringing the world back to south Florida.  We, collectively, brought the world to and created South Beach out of a retirement idealism and back to a vibrant energetic and yes hedonistic place, well beyond its past glory in the ’50s and ’60’s!  The model agencies are attracting new and fabulous talent, both boys and girls, and the kid divisions are also poised to flourish.  We are all looking forward to the economy picking up and the stagnation in advertising ending.  Looking forward to a fun and fabulous resurgence on the beach.

All my best

Matt

CENTRAL and SOUTH FLORIDA UNIT PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOGRAPHER

As a Unit Production Stills Photographer in Florida my  job is to create two types of images. The first is, photos specifically intended for use in the publicity and marketing of feature films or television productions, shot as the main camera sees it, while the movie is being filmed. I am also always look for alternative angles and shots taken from a different point of view than the main camera as long as they can capture the movie mood and feel without altering the meaning of the scene.  The lighting and feel of the scenes integrity is always maintained without any embellishment from me or my exposures.  Simply stated, no flash and a similar look and feel to exposures set by the camera operators.

Rachael Taylor on the set of ABC's Charlie's Angels

Rachael Taylor on the set of ABC’s Charlie’s Angels

The second type of images I produce I call “BTS” or “behind the scenes”.  On the set I document the making of the movie or show and images includes close-ups of the actors and crew, wide shots of the crew shooting the action or even setting up the equipment, props etc. Basically anything that goes on behind the scenes that can still used for press releases and/or released to the media.

Minka Kelly Takes a Break Between Takes While Filming Charlie's Angels in Miami

Minka Kelly Takes a Break Between Takes While Filming Charlie’s Angels in Miami

I shoot with top of the line NIKON bodies using the fastest and best lenses available ( I can shoot on low lit sets when needed with the fastest primes available on the market) and two professional sound blimps to reduce (almost mute) the sound of my camera’s motor drives & shutters, so its noise won’t get picked on the film’s recorded soundtrack while the action is rolling. All of the above must be done while not getting in the way of the crew, or even worse, without getting in the shot myself. In order to accomplish all this and get the job done it is extremely important to always understand and be aware of what’s happening on the set around me and what is going to happen next, and, last but not least be as invisible as possible and blend in with the crew/background.

FLORIDA UNIT PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOGRAPHER

FLORIDA UNIT PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOGRAPHER

I have been doing this type of work, professionally, for more than 13 years and am a regular on ABC and Disney features and shows.  I have done this work in Los Angeles in studio as well as on location and also in Florida in studio and location.  I make friends quickly and smoothy can operate within any set and any circumstance and have few limitations.  I am also quite familiar and used to tight budgets and fast turn-around.  I have fast portable hard drives which I can ship daily with the photography which is produced.

Childrens images shot for Walt Disney World

Childrens images shot for Walt Disney World

Please feel free to give me a call to get a price quote for Florida unit production still photography or Los Angeles or wherever you are planning production(passport-ready) and let me know what your next production involves whether it be a television show (TV), feature film (MOVIE), or music video.

FLORIDA UNIT PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOGRAPHER

FLORIDA UNIT PRODUCTION STILL PHOTOGRAPHER