Choosing the Right Photographer For Your Modeling Portfolio

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Choosing the Right Photographer For Your Modeling Portfolio is not an easy task.  The first thing one must identify is results.  There are many people claiming to be professional photographer today.  With the accessibility of digital cameras and $100 websites it is easy for models to get lost in a world of mediocre people claiming to be professional photographers only to find themselves with bad images and hundreds of dollars gone from their pockets.  The first thing I would tell you to do is check their work out.  Does it look like the work you want to get.  Does it look like the pages in a magazine or does it look like something your mother could have shot.  Do the models in their portfolios look like professional models or like a kid they shot from a mall.  Is the lighting flat or harsh or does it exude the qualities of the top photographers whose work is showcased each month in magazines and advertisements.  Has any of the prospective photographers work been published and where.  Published works are called “tearsheets” and are very important indicators of true professionalism.  They show a concept was agreed upon, conceived, and completed in an exceptional way.  Finally chosen for publication.  How long they have been shooting has some to bear but I have seen photographers who have been working for 20+ years whose work is no better than someone who picked up a camera 2 weeks ago.  MDP_5004RTCH_pp

Your common sense usually can tell you all you need to know when looking for a photographer but beware, there are many more salesmen out there than talented photographers.  Many of which should be selling used cars since they could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman wearing white gloves in August.  Look at the work and that should tell you volumes.  Also look at the quality of their website as this is generally the most important showcase they have for their work.  A Model Mayhem post or One Model Place does not count.  Having those isn’t bad but need to point you to their “real” website.  If they only have a Model Mayhem or OMP site BEWARE!!! Most of the talented photographers I know really aren’t salespeople.  They are artists and love and are passionate about what they do and take tremendous pride in making beautiful images.  They also know the elements that must be present to create beautiful images consistently.

Have they worked with top model agencies and if so which ones. Top model agencies include IMG, Next, Elite,Mega,Ford, Wilhelmina, Women,MC2 ect.  Look at the work! You should be able to tell of they are shooting top talent.  How is the styling?; how is the hair and makeup?  Did the model do their own or was it done professionally.  That is another big clue for you who are looking for great results from a photo shoot.   Top hair and makeup artists will rarely work with inexperienced photographers since they won’t receive anything for their work.  Top stylists generally want to work with great photographers and talent so they can upgrade their books with new images of their makeup and hair styles on beautiful people.MDP_7858

Don’t fall into the trap of free photographs or TFP(Test for Prints) or TFCD(Test for CD of the images)  These photographers are starting out and unless you are willing to waste much of your time for the hope of a few “maybe” images you should pass.  This really is a place where you get what you pay for.  I do photograph some models for free but I am generally trying out a new concept or new piece of equipment or maybe just trying out a model before I use them on a big job.  Low prices can mean much of the same as a free photographer.  Photographers, in general, know what they are worth in the marketplace.  Most of the best photographers will charge by the “Look” which means per outfit.  I charge between $450 and $550 per three look test.  The price variance is based on location.  I ALWAYS use professional hair and makeup artists and they will charge $150 plus depending on their skill level.

MDP_4250RTCHAsk other models of their dealings as well.  Was the photographer polite, on-time, prepared?  Did he problem solve easily?  Did he give you what he promised?  Ask them about the effectiveness of their images with this photographer they recently shot with.  Any new jobs since the new photos?  Any new client interest?  Has anyone in the fashion business made mention of them(wow those are really beautiful ect)? It is very important to have a barometer on how the new images have helped or hurt your book.  Does the agency like them and put them in your book?  I have had the pleasure of shooting  models from every top agency in the world and am proud to say that my images have been used to promote them successfully.

Caroline in American Apparel Silver Swimsuit

Caroline in American Apparel Silver Swimsuit

Be careful out there!!! With all the kids running around with cameras they bought off Ebay of got as a gift from their parents, it is hard to separate the real from the pretenders.  Hope I gave you some ways to do so.  Feel free to call me directly for a quote or any questions you may have.  My cellular number is (954)529-1390

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 “Dangerous” Fashion and Beauty Story by Matt Dunn Photography

New “Dangerous” Fashion and Beauty Story by Matt Dunn Photography!!! We came up with the idea for a woman “James Bond” type story.  The beautiful model is Carolinne from Next Models Miami.  I was the stylist and weapon wrangler(all of the weapons are from my arsenal.  They include my crossbow, Marlin 60SS, Sig Sauer P220, and Windham Weaponry AR-15 with an Aim-Shot HG-Pro reflex sight and 4X magnifier.  The camera is a Nikon D300 with a  Nikon 70-200 2.8 AF-S lens.  The amazing makeup and hair was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and many of the makeups were custom-formulated by her on the spot for this shoot.

 

Sharpshooter Story

Sharpshooter Story

Sharpshooter Story

Sharpshooter Story

Sharpshooter Story with Marlin 60SS and Bushnell Scope

Sharpshooter Story with Marlin 60SS and Bushnell Scope

Sharpshooter Story with Marlin 60SS and Bushnell Scope

Sharpshooter Story with Marlin 60SS and Bushnell Scope

Carolinne from Next Models Windham Weaponry AR-15

Carolinne from Next Models Windham Weaponry AR-15

Carolinne from Next Models Windham Weaponry AR-15

Carolinne from Next Models Windham Weaponry AR-15

Carolinne from Next Models Nikon D300

Carolinne from Next Models Nikon D300

Carolinne from Next Models Nikon D300

Carolinne from Next Models Nikon D300

Crossbow Sharpshooter

Crossbow Sharpshooter

Sharpshooter Beauty

Sharpshooter Beauty

Sharpshooter Crossbow Beauty

Sharpshooter Crossbow Beauty

A big thank you for all concerned in this shoot including Guess Clothing, American Eagle, American Apparel, and Kohls.

 

Matt Dunn Modeling Images from 1980’s

By popular demand I am uploading my old model comp.  This goes to prove that I did actually model although it wasn’t my favorite part in the fashion business.

This was my composite in Chicago and I did lots of work for Imagnin, Montgomery Wards, Sears, and Marshall Field’s to name a few.

Matt Dunn Model Composite for Elite Models in the 1980's

Matt Dunn Model Composite for Elite Models in the 1980’s

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Photographer Matt Dunn back in modeling days in the 1980's

Photographer Matt Dunn back in modeling days in the 1980’s

Funny to me how lack of photography sharpness was the norm back then.  Don’t get me wrong, I know them images are ancient and have faded especially since printed on cheap paper but thought it would be funny for those of you who know me but didn’t know this about my past.LOL!!!

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER= PROBLEM SOLVER

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.

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NOUVEAU MAGAZINE 2013

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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.

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GOT THE NEW WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING

Got it up and running. Have been getting compliments from all over the globe. I think it looks really nice if I do say so myself.
If you don’t know it the web address is http://www.mattdunn.com
If you haven’t been there I hope you go there and like it. Please let me know what you think of the site either way. Without criticism one cannot grow. Gimme your best shot or compliment.
All my best,
Matt

New Website But Same Web Address www.mattdunn.com

I have been working diligently on my new website. I had to go back to the beginning since all of the images are bigger and have much more detail. I should launch it in the next week since I am putting the finishing touches on everything. Working on new logo too. You will also see many updated images as well. Thank you everyone for your patience

Matt Dunn Photography Receives 2011 Best of Orlando Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matt Dunn Photography Receives 2011 Best of Orlando Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, November 8, 2011 — Matt Dunn Photography has been selected for the 2011 Best of Orlando Award in the Portrait Photographers category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com

Number 1 Again (Thanks South Florida)

Photographers, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photographers – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thanks again to south Florida(Miami,Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach)for making me the number 1 photographer in work as well as sales. I am humbled and thankful.