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.

NOUVEAU MAGAZINE 2013

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.

A Meeting with a Top Model Scout and Photographer

Have a meeting with model scout, Matt Dunn to become his next big discovery! Email a clear polaroid or simple image on a simple solid background along with age and height to matt@mattdunn.com and make the email subject “Model Search Contest”. All polaroids and images will be put into an album on the new Matt Dunn Fashion Model Scout page in 3 weeks for voting, so be sure to spread the word! Feel free to submit yourself or anyone you think has model potential. More details on Twitter: twitter.com/mattdunnphoto
SOME OF MY FINDS I HAVE PLACED WITH CLICK, WILHELMINA, MAJOR, FRONT, MC2,FORD,ELITE,NEXT,COMPANY, WOMEN,AND MANY OTHERS
HERE ARE A FEW IMAGES OF GUYS I STARTED IN THE BUSINESS

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MATT DUNN IS UNIQUE TO THE MODEL WORLD. HE NOT ONLY SCOUTS, GROOMS AND PLACES NEW FACES WITH THE BEST AGENCIES IN THE INDUSTRY, HE CONTINUES TO MANAGE AND GUIDE HIS MODELS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT HIM AND SEND YOUR PHOTOS!
-YOU DO NOT NEED PROFESSIONAL PICTURES. IF YOU HAVE THEM WE WILL ACCEPT THEM, BUT GENERALLY WE PREFER POLAROIDS.
-PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME, MEASUREMENTS, (HEIGHT, WEIGHT, BUST, CHEST, HIPS, WAIST), AGE, HAIR COLOR, EYE COLOR, A CONTACT PHONE NUMBER AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS.
-WE ARE UNABLE TO RETURN SUBMISSIONS TO YOU. IF OUR AGENTS ARE INTERESTED, THEY WILL CONTACT YOU. PLEASE DO NOT CALL TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION.
-IF WE ARE NOT INTERESTED PLEASE DO NOT LOSE HOPE! WE ARE LIMITED BY WHAT LOOKS WORK FOR OUR MARKET RIGHT NOW. YOUR LOOK OR TYPE MIGHT NOT WORK FOR OUR AGENCY AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO RESUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS AFTER 12 MONTHS.
MY LATEST FIND I PLACED WITH NEXT

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS:
AGE: 12-22
HEIGHT (FEMALE): 5’8″ OR TALLER
HEIGHT (MALE): 5’11 OR TALLER

PLEASE SEND ALL SUBMISSIONS TO:
matt@mattdunn.com

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING UNRETOUCHED PHOTOS:
HEADSHOT
FULL BODY
BATHING SUIT
WAIST UP

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