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.
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.
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.
Ask 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently got to photograph a new beauty from Michele Pommier Models. She is definately on the way back to being the top agent on the beach as long as she keeps discovering and developing talent like Kelsey. Kelsey is a breath of fresh air. Fun, full of energy, and willing to try new things; just what is needed to grow as a model.
Matt Dunn, a top Miami Beach and international fashion photographer, is also one of the premier sports photographers in the world. Having closely covered offshore powerboat and formula 1 boat racing as well as field hockey, NFL, NBA, WTA and ATP events, Dunn has proven to be a quality and unique sports shooter. With iconic images of the top players in the basketball, football, and men’s and women’s tennis, he continues to strengthen and prove his world-class image taking prowess.
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Matt Dunn Photography Receives 2012 Best of Orlando Award
Orlando Award Program Honors the Achievement
ORLANDO October 21, 2012 — Matt Dunn Photography has been selected for the 2012 Best of Orlando Award in the Portrait Photographers category by the Orlando Award Program.
Each year, the Orlando Award Program identifies companies that we 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 our community. These exceptional companies help make the Orlando area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Orlando Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Orlando Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Orlando Award Program
The Orlando Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Orlando area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Orlando Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Orlando Award Program
Matt Dunn is internationally recognized as one of the top fashion, beauty, celebrity, and swimwear photographers. He has been in the forefront of fashion and editorial trends since he started back in 1986. Through more than two decades his work still is both timely and timeless. His fashion and beauty work has been showcased in the top national and international publications as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire,Vanidades, Anna, Gioia. His swimwear work has been done for top companies as Everything But Water, Shoshanna Swimwear,Becca Swimwear,Gottex Swimsuit, and Richies. Hawaiian Tropic as well as Ron Jon Surf Shops have enlisted the thoughtful eye of Matt Dunn to photograph and advertise their lines in catalogs and billboards. Check out his main and official website at www.mattdunn.com
Matt Dunn is available for model development and placement. He also can photography you for your portfolio and agency.
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Summer may be over, but things are just beginning to heat up in ABC’s new drama series Revenge. Set in the Hamptons, the series is poised to become a true guilty pleasure, should the show live up to the intrigue offered in the pilot. As the opening monologue states, “This is not a story about forgiveness.”
Created by Mike Kelley, Revenge twists soapy drama around a mystery and at the center is Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), a seemingly pleasant, beautiful woman who has chosen to surround herself with other beautiful, wealthy people as she rents a house on the beach on Long Island. While she appears to blend in well among society’s elite Emily has a score to settle, and with good reason too. Her motivations for vengeance are explained as the episode progresses.
Revenge’s premiere episode begins at a party where something terrible happens, after which the episode goes back in time to the day Emily arrived in the Hamptons. From there, the pilot manages to work the character introductions, Emily’s extremely relevant back-story and family history, and her first bit of exacted revenge into the hour-long episode.
We’re introduced to Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), a gorgeous, wealthy, and socially powerful woman whose word and opinion goes a long way. Her husband Conrad (Henry Czerny) is also powerful and extremely wealthy, though it seems as though Victoria may have the upper hand in the relationship. Their son Daniel (Josh Bowman) is immediately attracted to Emily and completely unaware of her motives. The last Grayson is Charlotte (Christa B. Allen). She’s as beautiful and privileged as the rest of her family.
Among the non-rich characters entering into Emily’s life are Nolan (Gabrielle Mann) and Jack (Nick Wechsler). Both men have ties to Emily’s past, which are revealed in the premiere. While Emily appears to be set to pair up with Daniel Grayson, it might not be a stretch to guess that there could be something romantic on the horizon for her and Jack.
A series like Revenge is likely to be an escape for anyone who lacks a house in the Hampton’s and formal galas to attend. However, if a rich-people-with-problems premise isn’t enough to hold your attention, Emily’s thought-out scheme to pay back the people who wronged her family just might. Through flashbacks, we’re given just enough information about what she had, what she lost and who is to blame, to understand why she’s doing what she’s doing and to want to see her succeed. At the same time, there’s a lot left to find out, which could make the series worth watching beyond the first few episodes. All the while, the first few minutes of the series premiere, which show how the summer is going to end, linger in the back of our minds as we’re left to wonder how things got to that point.
While Stowe delivers a performance that balances grace, confidence and just enough intimidation to understand why people look at and to her the way they do, VanCamp plays Emily in such away that it’s not quite clear just how far she’s willing to go to pay back the people who wronged her.
Revenge feels like it should be a summer series. Not only is it set in a summer town during peak season, but the soapy element lends itself to a series that indulges in the drama of a wealthy people with a lot of self-inflicted problems. With warmer days behind us, Revenge may offer a bit of mystery and intrigue, and plenty of fun, should the series manage to continue building on the momentum of the series premiere.
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