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

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

New Client and New Model from Mega Models Miami

I recently completed a shoot for a new client of mine.  It is a crocheted bikini and swimwear company that does very beautiful hand made swimsuits and coverups.  The makeup was by my close friend Sherilyn Segal and the hair was by a newcomer on my team ,Vanessa Varela.  The model was Caroline from Mega Models Miami.  Thank you for all your help Travis and Javier.  Our shoot was on Miami Beach in South Beach and beach work was done on Virginia Key off of Key Biscayne.  We are looking for a great 2014 with this new company and creating amazing new images for them

Mega Model Caroline 2014

Mega Model Caroline 2014

Mega Model Caroline 2014

Mega Model Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

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Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

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Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

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.

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Parents Always Ask “What About the Model Searches like Manhattan Model Search and ProScout?”

It seems obvious one of those companies who comes through town must be in the Orlando area, selling a weekend to “be discovered” because I have had so many parents ask our opinion about such things. Interestingly I have heard these questions from parents from kids who aren’t tall enough yet, old enough yet, one girls still has braces, another needs to work on her body, and yet this company is selling them packages to be seen by agencies in October (for $1500)

I  am realizing the two biggest common mistakes aspiring models and their parents make: 1) Listening and trusting the wrong people 2) Pursuing things too soon when they aren’t in model shape, are too young, haven’t done their homework about the industry, and/or haven’t cleared up their skin, grown in over-tweezed eyebrows, etc…

SO….trust your gut, YES, they make their money selling hundreds of people for each city. People will tell me their child has been “SELECTED” but the reality is you’ve been “SOLD”. Even if someone has potential, if they are not ready, they will got lost in the shuffle, and it’s like throwing money down the drain. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. My promise to you is that I am committed to letting you see behind the curtain, the curtain they don’t want you to see behind.  Actually it is closely guarded.

For over 20 years I have felt very passionate about helping aspiring models and their parents understand the business and to help guard them against the predatory companies selling them unnecessary classes, expensive shoots, giant model conventions, weekend scouting events, and outrageous website fees.

After our recent turn of events, we are now more determined than ever to be the voice and help educate people through our website. Stay tuned…

One more time, TRUST YOUR GUT. If you’re asking if things are unnecessary and too much money, you already know the answer…

 

Information About Matt Dunn Model Scouting

Matt Dunn Photography utilizes more than 25 years of fashion business expertise to provide innovative personal management to new and experienced talent.
Having a plan from day one is of the utmost importance to any model who wants a successful, long-term career.
The fashion industry is driven by youth and trends that can make one model a star and another yesterday’s news. Day rates and earnings depend on changes in styles and looks and a modeling career can be unexpectedly cut short.
Only a very small percentage of all aspiring models actually make it to the superstar level. However, with planning, solid understanding of the business, and one-on-one personal guidance from our expert team, talent can have enduring and lucrative careers.
Most models lack experience to stay in control of their careers and end up getting lost in the innumerable sea of other models.
We help our talent establish a strategy from day one based on our expertise and your expectations and goals. We can become your voice in an otherwise difficult business. We are a support system where we can develop and implement plans and bring them to fruition through our networks of top hair, makeup, and stylist, as well as world-class photographer, Matt Dunn. Our vast pool of top agency contacts from around the world allows us to match you with the agencies with whom your look will be the most compatible.
We look forward to working with you and welcome a call from you.