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

Matt Dunn Top Model Photographer in Orlando Florida

Matt Dunn ,Top Model Photographer, in Orlando Florida. Top fashion, advertising, and celebrity photographer will open another studio in Orlando Florida.  His work is associated with clean fashion imagery as well as slick advertising campaigns for such famous clients as Walt Disney World, Everything But Water, Ron Jon Surf Shops, and ABC Television to name but a few.  His slick fashion editorial spreads have been published in Vogue, Harpers’s Bazaar, Marie Clair, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour in many countries and his work has been published in 86 countries.  His stock imagery is in the libraries of Corbis, Getty, and Super Stock.  He has been photographing celebrities and supermodels for three decades and is available for assignment world-wide.  Still working in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Miami, he will be also available for model development, model agency consultation, select weddings, portraits, and advertising work in the Orlando Florida area.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Dunn at (954)529-1390 for consultation.20346_233501666615_6226875_n

Helio Castroneves celebrity wife swap for ABC

Helio Castroneves celebrity wife swap for ABC

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Matt Dunn Modeling Images from 1980’s

By popular demand I am uploading my old model comp.  This goes to prove that I did actually model although it wasn’t my favorite part in the fashion business.

This was my composite in Chicago and I did lots of work for Imagnin, Montgomery Wards, Sears, and Marshall Field’s to name a few.

Matt Dunn Model Composite for Elite Models in the 1980's

Matt Dunn Model Composite for Elite Models in the 1980’s

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Photographer Matt Dunn back in modeling days in the 1980's

Photographer Matt Dunn back in modeling days in the 1980’s

Funny to me how lack of photography sharpness was the norm back then.  Don’t get me wrong, I know them images are ancient and have faded especially since printed on cheap paper but thought it would be funny for those of you who know me but didn’t know this about my past.LOL!!!

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Taking Better Photos of Your Kids at Play

Studios are a fine way to document what your child looks like.  The lighting control a professional has while shooting in a studio is perfect for showing the slight nuances in your child’s face and can show scale in a very stable environment.  However to really show the personality of your child try putting him in a place to show it; the playground.

Playgrounds are an integral part of any childhood. They’re a place to run and jump, make new friends, and try new things. That is why a playground is a fantastic place to make great pictures. But before you grab your little ones and head to the nearest park, here are a few tips you’ll want to know.

Though it is natural for us to take pictures while standing, when photographing kids, you may want to try getting closer to the ground. Shooting on a child’s level will prevent the distortion of bigger heads and little feet you sometimes get when shooting down on little ones from a standing position. Plus, you will see more of your child’s face and less of the top of her head. It can also give your photographs a better feel for how they see the world.

A zoom lens is a perfect lens to use when capturing images of your kids at play. Pros use the expression “fill the frame.” It means move in and compose the photo by including only what is important to your shot. For example, if you are photographing your child blowing bubbles, instead of photographing a full-length image with the playground in the background, zoom into her face as she blows the bubbles, or crop tightly on her hand waving the bubble wand in the air.

At the playground (or anywhere, for that matter) it’s going to be pretty hard to have your kids stand still for a photo. The solution is to capture them in action. Just be sure you set your camera to a fast shutter speed and if the camera you’re using has scene modes, use the sports scene mode. This will ensure that you freeze the action, instead of ending up with a blur running through the image.

Childrens images shot for Walt Disney World

Take photos of your kids on the swings, coming down the slide, climbing on the monkey bars, and any other playground apparatus. Be sure to experiment with different angles. You might be happily surprised with the results. Look for the geometric shapes and bright colors that fill the playground and include them in your compositions for more interesting photographs.

If your kids do slow down enough to let you pose a few photos, try capturing an impromptu portrait. Zoom in close to capture the joyous expressions.

And, remember that playgrounds will often incorporate picnic tables, ball courts, winding paths and more—all possible subjects for great photographs of your kids at play.

A playground is a great place for kids to have fun and can be a great place for a photographer to have fun, too!

 

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.

Updated Client List

I haven updated my client list in a while and thought I would post it.

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Client List

Altell

AT&T

WWD

W Magazine

Vogue

Teen Vogue

Vogue Espana

Vanidades

Harper’s Bazaar en Espaniol

Harpers Bazaar Italia

Beauty Handbook

Vanidadas

Marie Claire

Cosmopolitan Italia

Cosmopolitan Germania

Gioia

Amica

Blow Up Magazine

Postmortem Magazine

Of First Magazine

Dimension Magazine

Sarasota Magazine

Vassarette

Warner

Bali

Macy’s

Dillard’s

Rich’s

Belk

Makes and Models Magazine

Tennis View

Florida Tennis

Beauty Reinvented

Atlanta Magazine

Dossier Magazine

Karma Magazine

BMG Music

Sony Music

Warner Brothers

Universal Music Group

Shady Records

Interscope Records

Wimberley, Alison, Tong and Goo,

Clear Channel

Monsters in the Morning

ABC Television

ESPN

Banana Moon

Venus Swimwear

Everything But Water

Powercraft Magazine

In Style Magazine

Coca Cola

NEC

Sony

BMW

Giorgio Armani

Shu Umura

Fit Magazine

Fitness

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Reef

Purple Door Salon

Seventeen Magazine

Goody’s

CVS

Walgreen’s

Walmart

Coin Department Store(Italy)

Discovery Girls

Professional Photographer

GRL Lab

Teen Extreme

Look Good/ Feel Good

Teen Beauty Handbook

Reinventing Beauty Magazine

Second Effort Performance Products

OMC

Apache Powerboats

Magnum Powerboats

Aronow Powerboats

Mach Propellers

Caras

M&M’s

Georgia Pacific

Salvation Army

Morris Architects

Love For Venus

Creative Light Entertainment

Gebbia Entertainment Group

BMW Tennis Championships

Superstock

Photosport

Show Off Straps

Patterson Studios

Beautiful Kyla


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.

Images From Kylas First Photo Shoot with Matt Dunn


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.

Matt Dunn Photography does not have open calls.
Please do not come to the office without an appointment.

Requirements:

* 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.

Aksana for NEXT Models Photographed by Matt Dunn

I had the opportunity to shoot an amazing model two days ago. Her name is Aksana. Rochelle Lee did her makeup.
This was a last minute shoot and the model only brought 6 tank tops, 4 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of jean shorts, and NO SHOES!
Take a look at the contact sheets and you will be able to see how great the shoot went and even though we were limited with the
possibilities for the shoot we still got some amazing images.


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