New Video of Beauty Handbook Photo Shoot by Matt Dunn

Happy Thanksgiving from Miami Beach and Matt Dunn Photography

I am so thankful I don’t know where to start. My friends and family around and healthy how could one want for more. Also to be in a place where my dogs can go swimming in the pool in November is great! Maybe some snook fishing after dinner tonight will cap off some great food and fun.

New Video on U-TUBE by Matt Dunn Photography

One of My Favorite Sayings About Individuality

Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, or gorgeous or talented or fabulous?

Actually, who are you NOT to be?

You are a child of God.

You playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in every one of us.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear of our own excellence, our presence automatically liberates others.

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Cool Weather in Miami Beach for Photography

I love the cool weather we have been having. It is such a pleasure to look forward to the next morning. We are so blessed to have the fabulous season here in south Florida. Many of us take it for granted but when I am shooting in this season my images really show the lack of humidity and quality of light few places receive.

Dr. and Mrs. Wang

Photography is amazing this time of year, the lack of humidity shows up in additional sharpness and color richness. The subjects also feel comfortable and at ease.
If you haven’t thought about having your wedding in south Florida you should check it out. It really is exceptional. If there is anything I can do to make your wedding more special don’t hesitate to ask.

The Wang Wedding

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.

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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.

“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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