Another Throwback Thursday

Another example of a beautiful fashion and makeup story with the amazing Brenda Green doing hair and makeup. An amazing model from Next Models shot in my studio in Los Angeles California. I am so sorry I forgot the name of my amazing stylist(the best I ever had used). She would bring volumes of clothes, accessories, and shoes and all were amazing. Wish I could have shot them all. We did lots of great shoots together, all three of us and would make magic every time.

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Fashion model from Next in Los Angeles for Los Angeles Magazine by Matt Dunn

Michele Pommier Working Same Miami Modeling Magic

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MDP_2233RTCHFMichele Pommier is at it again. Always the workaholic, Pommier is once again discovering and turning out models that will soon be at the top of the game. Working with her more than 25 years one can attest to Michele’s resolve in shaking things up in the modeling field.
Teaming up with many of the industries top names like Matt Dunn and his photography, she is pushing ahead of many who came after she built the empire and modeling business in south Florida more than 2 decades ago.
Pommier has always had the knack of finding unique, fabulous, and iconic faces. When she pairs that with the unique lens-work of noted fashion and celebrity photographer, Matt Dunn, something special happens. “The team is working like a well oiled machine”, Dunn remarked.” Having met Michele more than 25 years ago, she gave me my shot in the business by allowing me to photograph many of her top models, many of which went on to super-stardom”. Dunn added, “What a gift that was when Michele gave me birth in such a exclusive business”.


Located at 309 23rd street, suite 320, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, the magic continues. Along with Matt Dunn, Pommier is also partnering with Katia Sherman, president of Major Models. Sherman was her second in charge back in the greatest modeling boom in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Together, they built Michele Pommier Models from a small agency in Coral Gables into a worldwide powerhouse agency whose billings were among the largest in the industry.

Interested parties should inquire at (305) 397-8036 or on the web at http://www.michelepommier.com/
POST TAKEN FROM MICHELE POMMIER MODELS SITE:
“We are a boutique agency, representing a small group of working models & talent, which gives
us the ability to work closely with them and concentrate on their individual careers.”

In the 1970’s, Miami Beach became known as God’s Waiting Room. It’s younger sons and
daughters looked around, cringed, and booked the next flight out. They couldn’t be blamed,
really. The area had decayed badly and there was no reason to stay.

Into this morass stepped Michele Pommier, a supermodel turned entrepreneur. Pommier took one
look at all that the fleeing youngsters waved away “the sunshine, the palm trees, that ocean!”
And saw opportunity. She envisioned a future where others saw a void.

Give Pommier credit for being the first to open a modeling agency in Miami, in 1979. She
recognized South Beach as a viable photo location, extolled its virtues, and challenged others to
join her. She raised the bar of the fashion and beauty industry of this area, bringing it up to
international standards.

This Westport, Connecticut native was one of the most recognized models in the ’70s. She
started out with the esteemed Ford agency in New York City. Later, having accomplished as a
model what she wanted to accomplish, she set out to be an agency owner. Pommier moved to
Coral Gables and opened an agency and prepared for the deluge she knew would follow. It did,
she stayed, and thousands have made their careers off of her 1979 vision.

Miami Award-Winning Sports Photographer

Although I don’t advertise it much, my clients believe I am a great sports photographer. Having played most sports competitively and being an ex-professional athlete myself gives me a distinct advantage over just the observer photographer. Timing, being extremely important in all sports, gives me the anticipation that I need to nail image after image and deliver dynamic results time and time again. Having worked for many of the top sports publications, I have delivered, on deadline, spectacular and unique imagery consistently and that is what has won awards for me through the years. Take a look at my other websites http://www.mattdunn.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=13 for motorsports and miscellaneous as well as http://www.mattdunn.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=14 for many of my award winning tennis images. I am also on SPORTSSHOOTER.COM http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=9099
Dont hesitate to give me a call on my cellular phone and lets talk about your next project. If you are pressed for time, under a tight deadline I’ll do my best to take some of your stress away having been a pro for nearly 30 years.

Sharapova Hits Her Forehand Against Viktoria Azaranka At Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Sharapova Hits Her Forehand Against Viktoria Azaranka At Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Djokovic In His Win Over Mardy Fish in SemiFinals

Novak Djokovic In His Win Over Mardy Fish in SemiFinals

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Rafael Nadal Doing His Signature Move

Rafael Nadal Doing His Signature Move

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Larry Bird Rebounds

Larry Bird Rebounds

Jumping For Joy

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Novak Djokvic Hits a Drop-Shot Winner on Rafa Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Djokvic Hits a Drop-Shot Winner on Rafa Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Rafa Returns a Ball During The Final

Rafa Returns a Ball During The Final

NEW BEAUTIFUL SWIMWEAR EDITORIAL FOR ELLE’MENTS MAGAZINE

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.

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

MODEL LAUNCHER PREDATOR OF WANNABES

Model Launcher and owner Bill Staniford, formerly of Property Shark,who was also involved with dating a Russian spy, is at it again. Misrepresenting his new company as a viable and successful model scouting firm all the while propping himself up abusing a loophole in Facebook to basically steal images from all corners of the world. Even though it has been pointed out to him, Staniford and his company continues to pilfer from image makers, model talent, singers, actors and actresses,hair and makeup artists, clothing stylists and countless others in the “real business” Staniford passes himself off as belonging to. He is stealing from the same industry professionals he is wanting and trying to be a part of. He is using photos of Rhianna, Heidi Klum, Irina Shayk with Select Model Management,and Izabel Goulart with Women Models,among others, all without their permission. He knows all of this as it is willful misrepresentation and wants to mislead the wannabe model public, most notably young boys and girls, into believing he has something to do with the successful promotion of these models, singers, and actors. He is doing all of this in hopes of creating a following/ ie. traffic to his fallacious sites. In a recent email exchange I had with Mansfield Staniford I told him: You know what you have been doing is illegal and immoral since when I pointed out how you were misrepresenting yourself and company(federal copyright infringement) you had one of your minions quickly take down my notices on Facebook to continue your deception. Here is the link to the ridiculously lengthy TERMS OF USE legal notice THEY USE to try to strip any rights YOU have.
http://modellauncher.com/contests/terms
He then tried threatening me:
“I am sure that you wouldn’t want someone attempting to destroy your online reputation, would you? That wouldn’t be very good for business, would it? I would kindly ask you to remove your fallacious comments regarding Model Launcher within the next 24 hours and we can both pretend that we never met each other.”
The only one being fallacious here is MODEL LAUNCHER, Bill Staniford aka Mansfield Staniford who is masquerading as someone connected to the fashion,beauty,music, and acting business.

Elle’ments Magazine September 2013

This is a swimwear layout I did for Elle’ments Magazine. We shot this in July and the heat was nearly unbearable.
Sherilyn Segal did the
makeup and John from Caroline Gleason Models got us the blonde(Katie) and the brunette we used was from MC2(Gabrielle)
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Nouveau Magazine

Nouveau Magazine

Natalia for Michele Pommier Models

This is a new girl from Los Angeles/Hollywood that came in for Swim Week here in Miami Beach.
I got a chance to shoot her over the weekend and we went on to make some iconic images for
not only the agency but also will be published in Esquire Russia.
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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.

Are you a Professional Photographer?-Fort Lauderdale Wedding Photographer | Portrait Photography

Fort Lauderdale Wedding Photographer | Portrait Photography

Are You a Professional Photographer?
Take this simple test to see if you (or someone you know) shows the characteristics of a true
professional.
1.
You pay taxes on your income.
You file estimated tax payments q
uarterly, file state sales tax,
and you claim your income on your tax return. If you don’t, think about the number of people
who see your “page” on Facebook. It won’t take long for the state and federal revenue people
to connect your FB “business” with the fact that you don’t obey the law and report your income
like a real professional.
2.
You have a real website
. Facebook doesn’t count. A website legitimizes you as someone who
will be around in a couple of years, and knows how to run a business.
3.
You have an established post production workflow with backups and offsite storage
. If
not, what are you going to tell your clients when something trashes their images and don’t have
the originals?
4.
You have backup equipment
. Say you drop your main camera/lens at a wedding. What will
you do? Where is your backup gear? How will you respond in front of your client?
5.
You set custom white balance and calibrate your monitors
. If you don’t know what these
are, that might explain why your images don’t produce consistent colors.
6.
You don’t rely on filters, special effects, color gimmicks or other manipulation to give
your images appeal
. If they can’t stand on their own with basic post production, are they really
that good? Getting the exposure right “in camera” is a hallmark of a talented professional.
7.
You work with reputable print labs and equipment to generate quality printed output and
products
. Your clients really do want prints. Are you going to let them produce terrible prints at
the local giant store? Have you ever compared the difference?
8.
You have insurance
. You cover your equipment, liability, and errors and omissions. Stuff
happens. Are you professional enough to be prepared?
9.
You know how to use your camera outside of “Automatic”.
Can you estimate a manual
exposure in bright sunlight? Do you know how to use a light meter? Can you calculate
equivalent exposures across a range of ISO, shutter speed and f-stops? A professional can do
that in her head.
10.
You know how to use all kinds of light, natural and artificial
. If you sell yourself as a
“natural light” photographer, you may not have the skills to use supplemental light to create
good images. Use of on camera and off camera flashes is often a necessity.
11.
Your web/portfolio/sample images are clean
. Are yours blown out, dull, out of balance,
uninteresting or poorly composed? How do you know? Have you ever had another
photographer that you respect give you honest critique on your images? Your clients are not
the best judge of image quality.
12.
You use contracts and model releases for your sessions.
Do you realize you can be liable
if you publish images that don’t have releases, particularly for minors?
13.
You belong and actively participate in professional photography organizations.
Are you
in WPPI, PPA or a
local group? If not, why not? These groups exist to provide guidance and
fellowship and development to professionals of all levels.
14.
You pursue continual education.
What is the last photography class you have taken? Are
you pursuing a degree or merit program? Do you teach or mentor other photographers? If not,
why not? The best professionals continually grow and share with others.
15.
You represent the business of photography professionally.
This means that you charge a
fair price, you don’t copy others’ work, you follow through on your commitments, produce
quality products and services, and you treat other photographers with respect.
So how many of the 15 points did you get? How “professional” do you think you are? What can you do
to improve your standing in the photography community?