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
How Did I Forget These Images of American Apparel Silver Swimsuit! These are the icing on the cake of a beautiful shoot culmination with a very beautiful “golden hour” in Virginia Key off of Key Biscayne in Florida during late January. You be the judge if we nailed it! The fabulous makeup was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and the golden tresses were tended by Vanessa Varela. Sexy, simple and beautiful!
A special thanks to the American Apparel on Lincoln road for their help in this photo shoot.
Just got the tear sheets for our new sexy swimwear editorial fo Elle’ments Magazine. My team did an amazing job including Sherilyn Segal for makeup, Inga Provolovich on hair, Marina Pascal For La Maison De Pascale Pascale Swim, and Amy Aceto for Amy Elise Swimwear. John McSweeny of Caroline Gleason Models, and Elliot Merlin of Mega Models Miami always are a huge help for models as is Ron Gerard with Next Models Miami.
All of you are the wind beneath my wings. You always make being creative the only thing I need to think about.
CLICK IMAGES IF YOU WISH TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS.
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
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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
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For the fourth year in a row I am shooting the Delray beach ITC. Great tournament is a warm up event for the Master Series event in March which aptly named the “fifth slam” since there are so many heavy hitters in the tournament.
This years event featured Andy Roddick but after his 30th ATP tournament win , he declared he was sick and couldn’t play in the ITC. Other than Roddick, every top American is playing this event. Unfortunately John Isner, a top college player turned pro in 2007, was ousted by Teymuraz Gabashvili. Today Sam Querrey was taken down in straight sets by Ryan Sweeting, a Bahamian turned American since he has lived in the US since he was 12 years of age.
Tonight James Blake will take on Kei Nishikori, a Japanese star who has been fighting hard to get back inside the top 100 since his elbow injury and subsequent surgery.
THESE ARE A FEW “BEFORE” IMAGES OF KAYLA BEFORE MAKEUP, HAIR STYLING, FASHION STYLING.
Had a great day last week shooting multiple editorial looks with a new model John Fisher, a fellow photographer, found. With the looks of Kyla he will have no problem placing her with a top agency. Between John and I, we have placed more than 10 models in the last 6 months. We have become quite good at spotting talent and placing them with appropriate agencies to get them working and in the mainstream of the modeling business.
If you are an aspiring model who wants to be with either a top Miami agency or New York agency contact me and we will see what we can do to expedite your journey.
Matt Dunn Photography utilizes more than 20 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 looks and styles 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 proper 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 photographers. 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.
Please Note We Currently Do Not Have Open Calls
We are always looking for new faces. If you think
you have what it takes, please submit your information.
If we are interested we will contact you.
* Female Age – 14 to 22
* Female Height – 5’9 to 6′
* Male Age – 18 to 24
* Male Height – 6’0 to 6’2′
Please provide Digital Snapshots
(NO MORE THAN 1 MB)
that show very clear head shot and full length images.
No makeup, shot outside with natural light and
in a basic color top and bottom.