Today we have a phenomenon going on that is horrible for the consumer. It is the constant clogging of the internet searches by companies who are acting in their own behalf by charging for referral services. They are doing this as sounding as being your friend but in reality charge the business for referring you to them all the while making it difficult for the customer to find the actual companies. This is what these “lawyer referral” companies are doing as well as Angies List and in photographers way are Creative Finder and Thumbtack and now a new one called Localgrapher. These companies charge the photographer who then in turn will charge you the fees to you. I’m informing you of this since they are making it increasingly difficult, in many industries, to find the people who are really the talent and who do the work. Please refrain from using these services since they keep muddying the internet searches and keeping us from being found by you. Also they are pushing your fees higher as well as keeping you from finding the best fit for your needs.
This is recent work for the dress company HOLT Designs out of South Florida. This entire catalog project was produced by Matt Dunn Photography and under a strict budget and produced and executed in it entirety in 2 days. I hope you like the results as much as I do!
This is my new editorial from Crush Magazine out of Paris France.
Matt Dunn, Top Miami Fashion, Swimsuit, and Beauty Photographer Moves back to Waverly in Miami Beach. His move was spurned by his love for the soaring and beautiful bay views throughout. “I lived here more than a year ago and after moving away I felt something was missing”. Having quick and seamless transitions to the best and most beautiful locations in South Beach, Miami Beach as well as quick access to all of the upper Keys gives Dunn a great a great advantage to making the best of a day or week of editorial fashion shooting or swimwear catalog production. Located at 1330 West Avenue, The Waverly offers all of the amenities of a truly high-end hotel without the production hassles and limitation. White-glove service and on-site valet add to the ease of operation. Matt Dunn can be reached at (954)529-1390
To be successful, a fashion photographer must be an exceptional problem solver. As with most professions, to be at the top means one must roll with the punches and become a creative problem solver, overcoming obstacles both seen and unseen. We have learned that this is no longer no mans land and that our clients and team expect this quality from us.
Being a professional means you can consistently create an exceptional result, in any condition – not only when conditions are exceptional. We must shoot, sometimes, when we are feeling less than artistic.
Many times, whether on location or studio, problems must be expected. I know what you are thinking, “what a negative thought process”. I would think that too except I have been a professional photographer for more than two decades and I can tell you, either you are prepared or you are not.
Many of my clients come to me and ask me about why I brought so much equipment or why we didn’t use a certain piece of equipment. Just like I have many lenses and camera bodies I have modifiers, scrims, reflectors and an entire myriad of stands and configurations. Most of these are not for use in optimal conditions; quite the contrary. In Florida, as well as many places I seem to shoot, inclement weather can pop up at a moment’s notice. Also sun can end up not being where I want it or the intensity not what I need for a certain shot. Theses are the circumstances you must prepare for. As the leader of the team you are expected to solve all of life’s little problems.
Do you have some hairpins, duct tape, 2 sided tape, clamps of all shapes and sizes, Velcro, extra swimsuits, etc.? There really is no telling what can and will happen on a shoot. If you don’t cover it you better make sure someone else will. Much of the well being of the shoot depends on your team and talent feeling great and that you are in control makes everyone feel warm fuzzies. This is one reason I try to find out what everyone likes to drink. Even something that small can make someone really feel like you care and in return they will give you their best.
The other day, I was on a remote location in Key Biscayne and my model had to be up against this banyan tree, which was infested with bull ants. Well I didn’t have any repellent but my makeup artist did! It takes a team, a trusted team, to make things happen and everyone must go beyond their expected duties to be prepared. I call this professionalism and this all goes into the final product of these types of shoots.
The following day, we had another amazing day in Key Biscayne. This day ended up being one of the hottest and most miserable days I have ever been on location. I was sweating so much that I feared changing lenses for the sweat getting into the camera body. My makeup artist and myself, as well as the crew and models had to make adjustments in our normal protocol to successfully negotiate the obstacles at hand. The heat was unbearable, sandspurs and ants, painful, and the tide was exceptionally high but we made it work.
Make certain that your team and you have collaborated before and you all know each other’s propensities, shortcomings, and idiosyncrasies. It makes the shoot go smoothly and gives you the best chances for a magical result.
BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens UPDATE!
I have an update. I submitted this case to JUDGE JUDY and the head producer called me. I explained the entire case to her and then she agreed it would be a great case to have the Judge hear. I gave her all of Gina’s aliases and her contact info as well. She immediately called her and, as usual ,she was screening though her VM. The producer called her once again and then she answered the phone. She then made up a BS excuse and told the producer she would run the idea past her “attorneys”. Obviously she doesn’t want to be seen, publicly on TV, as the fraud she continues to show everyone else. It would be so fun to see Judge Judy’s reaction to all of her BS as well as the scams she perpetrates. After all, what promoter doesn’t want free publicity for their magazine and projects.
October Is For Water skiers: 2014 U.S. Open and Rocketman kick off in Lake Grew as well as Lake Ivanhoe and Mapple Lake respectively. I’ve been out of water skiing for quite some time now but the performances have kept escalating as one would expect. As a past water ski tournament competitor and collegiate skier for Florida Southern College, I was astounded by the performances by both the women and the men. The level that this sport has moved to since I three-event skied is astounding. Many positive changes have occurred to help the athletes to achieve the performances but what one can clearly see is that the athleticism has sky-rocketed and I must say I am so happy to see “my sport” achieving such a level of what world-class athletes should. Also, my hat is off and much respect must be given to the organizers, coaches, parents, and sponsors as all are needed to grow a sport.
I spent the better part of last week photographing many of the top athletes in the sport. Here are some of the images I captured of this beautiful sport of water skiing. Enjoy the power and the grace this sport embodies is frozen imagery.
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.
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.
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
BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens and Platinum Weddings Gala and The Couture Linen Collection and Platinum Weddings Group. She has shown her dishonesty and lack of credibility in so many ways I don’t know where to start. She and Platinum Magazine owe me and my team more than $3200 for the editorial shoot we were contracted to perform. She has also effectively stolen that drive from me which is valued at more than $400. They have yet to pay anyone for their work although I over-nighted ,via UPS, a Lacie portable hard-drive with all of the images from the photo shoot. She has become a ghost by never answering phone calls and hiding from emails and texts from both my hair and makeup artists as well as myself.
I was first contacted by Gina Triolo to photograph her “new” magazine Platinum Fashion Magazine. I found out she works out of her home at 32 Colonial Farm Rd Haverhill, MA 01832. She contacted me initially on Facebook and then it moved onto calling me on her caller id blocked phone. When I asked her about this she told me that she was being stalked and harassed by models who wanted to be on the cover of her magazines. She talks way too much and way too fast all the while patting herself on the back. However I have met editors like this in the past so I simply appeased her. She constantly talked to me about all of the people she knew and how much money she had. She talked with me over 20 times in the weeks prior to the shoot, many times 10pm and later, about the look she was wanting, locations, models, agencies, hair and makeup artists and rates for all of them. I could clearly see, many times, she was a novice at these types of shoots. However I just thought I knew so much more having been in the fashion editorial business for nearly 30 years. I helped her and suggested multiple model agencies, did card pulls, called and booked hair and makeup artists, all on my credible reputation. I let her book a hotel I suggested, The Mondrian in Miami Beach. Thank goodness I did so I wasn’t stuck with that bill.
Gina has the following know aliases.
Known Aliases: Gina M Durgin
Gina M Sgarano
Gina M Karlsson
Her birthdate is October 6, 1973
About a week prior to the shoot date Gina Triolo Karlsson requested invoices from the hair stylist, makeup artist, and myself, the photographer. She told us she wanted the invoices early so she could get them to her accounting department so we could be paid a few days after the shoot. Of course this sounded very good to all of us so we complied to her requests and got her the invoices immediately. The invoice I sent her was on June 18 2014, a few days before our shoot. The makeup artist and hair stylist both sent their payment information a few days before I sent her my information.
On the day of the shoot, I arrived about 45 minutes early, a practice I have always done since the beginning of my career. After all I wanted to make sure I had ample time to scope out locations throughout the hotel since Gina told me that we had open access to the hotel. When we arrived she was hesitant to tell us the room number since she was not even out of bed yet. That was the first bank of lies she told me to my face. After the models and hair and makeup artists congregated in the lobby Mrs. Triolo – Karlsson arrived, full of many excuses. My opinion is that of excuse making and lies are her MO and you will see this throughout this story. Gina Triolo Karlsson has given me many different names of people that don’t exist. The last person she has made up is Kathleen Humphrey but she has also used the alias Linda Ellis as well. They are supposedly at the same phone number(781-526-1906) which always goes directly to voice mail. I have never spoke with anyone other than Gina. I have left messages and have never received a voice call back. Usually what has been happening is a day or 2 later I get a BS email from her.
As I usually do, my assistant and Gina Triolo Karlsson walked around the hotel looking for shot locations. Once again she told me that she had full run and authority to shoot anywhere in the hotel. This was another lie that was uncovered during the shoot.
As I have demonstrated Gina Triolo is a scam artist masquerading as a magazine editor and multiple business owner. She claims to have been in business for many years all the while what I have learned is that she preys on those who don’t do their research or have no research to glean info from. This is what I hope those who find this on-line will get from my experience. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate calling me. I will fill in the blanks for you.
As for Gina Triolo Karlsson, my attorneys have been alerted and are in attack mode. I will get paid!