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.

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.Susanna_C_Elite_2-2015 187_ppRTCH

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.Susanna_C_Elite_2-2015 160_pp

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.Ria_A_Elite_2-2015_pp

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.

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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Model and Photographer Scams Are Back At It Again

Model and Photographer Scams Are Back At It Again.  Watch out newbie photographers and models as some people are scouring the modeling websites and randomly calling, texting, emailing, or all three.  I recently got a text from a Los Angeles phone number (323)364-3628 and it sounded way too good to be true.  Also didn’t make much sense seeing that although I make much initial contact with clients though an email rarely does anyone text my cell phone unless they know me.  I answered the text and then three days later I received another text.  The initial text was this:

Hi Matt Dunn, I’m Karen Porter from modelmanagement.com I have a modeling assignment for you if you are interested kindly get in touch with me through Text 323-3643-628 Or email karenporter1209@gmail.com..Thanks

Now many times I have to give the benefit of the doubt to new or new to this industry clients.  However when I saw much of the verbiage being used, the wrong grammar, and the wrong punctuation I was beyond skeptical.  However I texted back the same day I received the initial text and recieved no response.  I also called the number the text originated from with an electronic machine answering.

Today I received a text again.  This time I was certain with the grammar and message:

Hi Matt am sorry it too me so long before getting back to you due to my schedule are tight.. i already email you kindly check it and reply all needed as soon as possible.. Thanks Karen Porter

So here is the email:

Dear Matt,
My name is Karen Porter from United State Of America, I’m a
freelance modeling agent working for Nat Magazine in recruiting Model,
Wardrobe stylist, Makeup artist and Hair stylist.
I text you regarding your post on modelmanagement . I was thrilled when
i saw your profile while surfing the Internet. I work with a newly
opened clothing store in Los Angele’s Ca, . Currently we are working
on promotional sales and advert for the store, I’m currently
recruiting models for a special edition of the magazine for publishing
and posing of the Store Sales Promo Magazine to boost their sales and
help them pave there way up the clothing industry meeting up with the
world of fashion today.
Sincerely I will be honored if i can work with you on this project,
you can come on board as a professional Photography, Shots will be taken to
advertise the stores products ranging from casual wears, Dinner gowns,
cooperate wears and different types of Model both for male and female.
Two fantastic Model will be assigned to you, the models will be
taking there shots for two hours meaning you will be needed for the
same period of time.
The location of the shoots will be in Los Angeles , CA  within next 2
weeks, the photo shoot, fashion show; etc will be used for the
magazine cover of Zest magazine (NO NUDES), which is a brand of Nat
Magazine.
I believe that you will make a good Model. The shoot is just for 1 day
and you will be paid $6,600 for the whole project, The date for the
shooting is not yet fixed, I will have to make arrangement for that
ahead from now, there is a company financing this whole project, I
will email you the exact date for the shooting as soon as the
arrangement is completed with our client.
As part of our working policy and ethics, we give part payment to our
clients before we proceed with any job and balance immediately after
the work, You will be paid $500 as your part payment, your
accommodation, transportation and feeding we be free cause we will
make provision for it.
In order to be certainly sure that i have you booked, funds will be
sent to you immediately on confirmation of your payment information as
clearly outlined below this e-mail. After payment has been received,
the photo shoot will be taken and sent to the store. The whole crew
(the Photographer, the Hair stylist, the wardrobe manager) will be
delighted to work with you.
In order for booking arrangements to be made as soon as possible, I
need you to provide me with the following details:
Name in full……..
Residential address….
City…….
State…..
Zip code….
Phone number… (Cell and home)
Age……
Sex……
Any previous experience…I wait your quick response
Thanks,
Karen Porter

This is obviously a scam targeting model  kids and newbie photographers.  Be wary.  They are offering quick front money(send you a check for more than stated and ask you to put it in your bank account and ask you to send them the difference after taking your fee out.  Your money is real and theirs is non existent).  Another clear way of knowing this is a scam other than all of the grammatical errors is how they are talking to photographers and models saying I would be a great model.  Their are too many flags throughout.

 

 

New Client and New Model from Mega Models Miami

I recently completed a shoot for a new client of mine.  It is a crocheted bikini and swimwear company that does very beautiful hand made swimsuits and coverups.  The makeup was by my close friend Sherilyn Segal and the hair was by a newcomer on my team ,Vanessa Varela.  The model was Caroline from Mega Models Miami.  Thank you for all your help Travis and Javier.  Our shoot was on Miami Beach in South Beach and beach work was done on Virginia Key off of Key Biscayne.  We are looking for a great 2014 with this new company and creating amazing new images for them

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Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

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Mega Model Miami Caroline 2014

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?

GOT THE NEW WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING

Got it up and running. Have been getting compliments from all over the globe. I think it looks really nice if I do say so myself.
If you don’t know it the web address is http://www.mattdunn.com
If you haven’t been there I hope you go there and like it. Please let me know what you think of the site either way. Without criticism one cannot grow. Gimme your best shot or compliment.
All my best,
Matt

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

RICK DIETZ

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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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ABC Disney’s Best New Show Is Revenge Reven8e

Summer may be over, but things are just beginning to heat up in ABC’s new drama series Revenge. Set in the Hamptons, the series is poised to become a true guilty pleasure, should the show live up to the intrigue offered in the pilot. As the opening monologue states, “This is not a story about forgiveness.”

Created by Mike Kelley, Revenge twists soapy drama around a mystery and at the center is Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), a seemingly pleasant, beautiful woman who has chosen to surround herself with other beautiful, wealthy people as she rents a house on the beach on Long Island. While she appears to blend in well among society’s elite Emily has a score to settle, and with good reason too. Her motivations for vengeance are explained as the episode progresses.

Revenge’s premiere episode begins at a party where something terrible happens, after which the episode goes back in time to the day Emily arrived in the Hamptons. From there, the pilot manages to work the character introductions, Emily’s extremely relevant back-story and family history, and her first bit of exacted revenge into the hour-long episode.

We’re introduced to Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), a gorgeous, wealthy, and socially powerful woman whose word and opinion goes a long way. Her husband Conrad (Henry Czerny) is also powerful and extremely wealthy, though it seems as though Victoria may have the upper hand in the relationship. Their son Daniel (Josh Bowman) is immediately attracted to Emily and completely unaware of her motives. The last Grayson is Charlotte (Christa B. Allen). She’s as beautiful and privileged as the rest of her family.

Among the non-rich characters entering into Emily’s life are Nolan (Gabrielle Mann) and Jack (Nick Wechsler). Both men have ties to Emily’s past, which are revealed in the premiere. While Emily appears to be set to pair up with Daniel Grayson, it might not be a stretch to guess that there could be something romantic on the horizon for her and Jack.

A series like Revenge is likely to be an escape for anyone who lacks a house in the Hampton’s and formal galas to attend. However, if a rich-people-with-problems premise isn’t enough to hold your attention, Emily’s thought-out scheme to pay back the people who wronged her family just might. Through flashbacks, we’re given just enough information about what she had, what she lost and who is to blame, to understand why she’s doing what she’s doing and to want to see her succeed. At the same time, there’s a lot left to find out, which could make the series worth watching beyond the first few episodes. All the while, the first few minutes of the series premiere, which show how the summer is going to end, linger in the back of our minds as we’re left to wonder how things got to that point.

While Stowe delivers a performance that balances grace, confidence and just enough intimidation to understand why people look at and to her the way they do, VanCamp plays Emily in such away that it’s not quite clear just how far she’s willing to go to pay back the people who wronged her.

Revenge feels like it should be a summer series. Not only is it set in a summer town during peak season, but the soapy element lends itself to a series that indulges in the drama of a wealthy people with a lot of self-inflicted problems. With warmer days behind us, Revenge may offer a bit of mystery and intrigue, and plenty of fun, should the series manage to continue building on the momentum of the series premiere.

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.