This is my new editorial from Crush Magazine out of Paris France.
New Work For Radio Disney with Austin Mahone
Here is a little from my latest work with Radio Disney with Austin Mahone. To be honest, I had to ask my daughter who Austin Mahone was since I had never heard of him. She knew right away. although she is a country music fan. She told me about things he had done as well as he is friends with Justin Bieber.
New “Dangerous” Fashion and Beauty Story by Matt Dunn Photography!!! We came up with the idea for a woman “James Bond” type story. The beautiful model is Carolinne from Next Models Miami. I was the stylist and weapon wrangler(all of the weapons are from my arsenal. They include my crossbow, Marlin 60SS, Sig Sauer P220, and Windham Weaponry AR-15 with an Aim-Shot HG-Pro reflex sight and 4X magnifier. The camera is a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 70-200 2.8 AF-S lens. The amazing makeup and hair was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and many of the makeups were custom-formulated by her on the spot for this shoot.
A big thank you for all concerned in this shoot including Guess Clothing, American Eagle, American Apparel, and Kohls.
Leticia and I can always find a way to have a good time shooting beautiful and relevant images for our client. I am fire and she is gasoline and together we have always created a nice,warm glow; tee hee!!!
I recently got to photograph a new beauty from Michele Pommier Models. She is definately on the way back to being the top agent on the beach as long as she keeps discovering and developing talent like Kelsey. Kelsey is a breath of fresh air. Fun, full of energy, and willing to try new things; just what is needed to grow as a model.
Matt Dunn, a top Miami Beach and international fashion photographer, is also one of the premier sports photographers in the world. Having closely covered offshore powerboat and formula 1 boat racing as well as field hockey, NFL, NBA, WTA and ATP events, Dunn has proven to be a quality and unique sports shooter. With iconic images of the top players in the basketball, football, and men’s and women’s tennis, he continues to strengthen and prove his world-class image taking prowess.
There is a new and insidious wave of cyber-sites on the internet that do nothing more than promise fame, fortune,and fairness to the new and unwary young models. Therefore they muddy the water for the model who doesn’t know any better.
Remember the model scams of the past?
Paying agencies for photo packages all the while getting no promotion. Mass model searches as Pro-Scout, Manhattan Model Search ect are all forms of this.Sure, once in a long while and after taking tens of millions of dollars in fees from the unwary, they will run across someone who really is model material. Sure, a representative from real agencies show up since they are promised an expense account at a nice Florida hotel(from the “scouting” company). Many time they are paid a fee as well all from the fees you pay to objectively get advice. The agents also know they “may” stumble upon a diamond in the rough.
The new wave of these scams, like MODE LAUNCHER, have no licensing, hide in little rooms behind computers, and seem harmless all the while gleaning information from those kids, promising contests and trips to South Beach to shoot with top photographers. They are profiting, by deception,by selling their information all the while gaining what seems to be and audience. They promise the streets are paved with gold and that winning one of their “contests” will change your life. They steal images right off the internet and intimate they have something to do with, or started these models career. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am here to tell you the truth. Lets quickly get to the “Contest” portion. These are rigged and are chosen by Bill Staniford, AKA William Staniford as well as a few of his associates. How do I know this? Because he tried to recruit me into his slimy business so he could use my knowledge and credibility in this business to help repair and bolster his reputation.
He is trying to cloak himself and his intentions by getting seeming endorsements from a few highly respected names, like myself, in this business. Staniford’s latest offensive is to name, only Matt Dunn Photography, in a blog post. Why? Because I have and continue to pull back the curtain on his latest scam.
I have been in this business for more than 30 years, first as a model and then a successful photographer for the past 25+ years. I have never met such an arrogant, self-centered individual as Bill Staniford. Model Launcher, Staniford’s business, has been in effect for little more than a year.
He believes that no matter who is in the room he is smarter than him. Rules don’t apply to his nor does fairness so what he does and who he does it to has no effect on him.
Now that I have lifted the veil on him and Model Launcher, so to speak, he has sent me hate driven emails and now is putting up a few detrimental blog entries.
This is all driven because I refused to work with Model Launcher as I had heard this scamming concept before and continue to tell the people to stay away. Here is the email I got from him yesterday in his hate-filled rage.
He believes he can tell lies about me and people will blindly follow and not do their homework. I have a world-wide amazing reputation and am producing work for magazines and advertising consistently. Look at my website to see but a few of my new works including recent shoot for ABC/Disney of Matt Damon. http://www.mattdunn.com Staniford thinking that walking down a runway one time during a season of Project Runway it hitting the “big time” shows how he knows nothing about this business. Call any agency in Miami Beach, let alone in New York and you will find out that Model Launcher and Bill Staniford are invisible to the industry. I am sympathetic to models as it has gotten tougher and tougher for them to sift though all of the garbage,the pedophiles, thieves, and scams with all of these predators coming at them from all angles.
Continuing with a scam that is ongoing, Bill Staniford, AKA Mansfield Staniford who was involved with a Russian spy that was deported by the US government,keeps copyright infringing on photographers, model, makeup artists, stylists, and model agency masquerading as and agent. He and his cronies keep duping Facebook kids ranging from 10-25 into believing Model Launcher is an illegitimate model scouting organization. He knows he is tricking children as I have informed him as well as other of his business associates of his. He has absolutely NO TIES TO THE FASHION BUSINESS. I am about to turn him into the agencies he continues to steal from and he will be finished. Model Launcher is a scam and has no ties to the industry and never will. I talked to many of my friends who are in the model management business and they are behind me in pulling back the curtain on the deception that is Model Launcher.
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.
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.