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.
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.
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.
Ask 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.
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
Here is a new fashion editorial I have half completed with the beautiful Brazilian bombshell Carolinne Rossi from Next Model Management in Miami Beach. As usual, Ron Gerard supplied me with a great casting for a different client where I found Carolinne. We hit it off immediately and had this project a week later. I think she pulled it off beautifully. I think I am going to call the editorial spread “SHOOTER”. The fabulous and spot-on hair and makeup was done by the amazing Sherilyn Segal. She always makes me look good. Also a very special thank you to artist Michael Perez for letting us use Gallery 212 in Miami as a deco backdrop for our story. He had a blast playing with all of my guns. His hospitality is beyond reproach! Should wrap up the shoot this coming Monday.
How Did I Forget These Images of American Apparel Silver Swimsuit! These are the icing on the cake of a beautiful shoot culmination with a very beautiful “golden hour” in Virginia Key off of Key Biscayne in Florida during late January. You be the judge if we nailed it! The fabulous makeup was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and the golden tresses were tended by Vanessa Varela. Sexy, simple and beautiful!
A special thanks to the American Apparel on Lincoln road for their help in this photo shoot.
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
As a Unit Production Stills Photographer in Florida my job is to create two types of images. The first is, photos specifically intended for use in the publicity and marketing of feature films or television productions, shot as the main camera sees it, while the movie is being filmed. I am also always look for alternative angles and shots taken from a different point of view than the main camera as long as they can capture the movie mood and feel without altering the meaning of the scene. The lighting and feel of the scenes integrity is always maintained without any embellishment from me or my exposures. Simply stated, no flash and a similar look and feel to exposures set by the camera operators.
The second type of images I produce I call “BTS” or “behind the scenes”. On the set I document the making of the movie or show and images includes close-ups of the actors and crew, wide shots of the crew shooting the action or even setting up the equipment, props etc. Basically anything that goes on behind the scenes that can still used for press releases and/or released to the media.
I shoot with top of the line NIKON bodies using the fastest and best lenses available ( I can shoot on low lit sets when needed with the fastest primes available on the market) and two professional sound blimps to reduce (almost mute) the sound of my camera’s motor drives & shutters, so its noise won’t get picked on the film’s recorded soundtrack while the action is rolling. All of the above must be done while not getting in the way of the crew, or even worse, without getting in the shot myself. In order to accomplish all this and get the job done it is extremely important to always understand and be aware of what’s happening on the set around me and what is going to happen next, and, last but not least be as invisible as possible and blend in with the crew/background.
I have been doing this type of work, professionally, for more than 13 years and am a regular on ABC and Disney features and shows. I have done this work in Los Angeles in studio as well as on location and also in Florida in studio and location. I make friends quickly and smoothy can operate within any set and any circumstance and have few limitations. I am also quite familiar and used to tight budgets and fast turn-around. I have fast portable hard drives which I can ship daily with the photography which is produced.
Please feel free to give me a call to get a price quote for Florida unit production still photography or Los Angeles or wherever you are planning production(passport-ready) and let me know what your next production involves whether it be a television show (TV), feature film (MOVIE), or music video.
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.
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,
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Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Price Club/Costco donated $225K, 99% went to Democrats
Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrats
Magla Products ( Stanley tools, Mr. Clean)donated $22K, 100% went to Democrats
Warnaco(undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats
Martha Stewart Living Omni media donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats
Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats
Guess, Inc.donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats
Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats
Liz Claiborne, Inc.donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats
Levi Strausdonated $26K, 97% went to Democrats
Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats
WalMart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans
K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans
Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans
Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans
3M Co.donated $281K, 87% went to Republicans
Hallmark Cardsdonated $319K, 92% went to Republicans
Amwaydonated $391K, 100% Republicans
Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures)donated $283K, 100% Republicans
B.F. Goodrich (tires)donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans
Proctor & Gambledonated $243K, 79% went to Republicans
Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K, 73% went to Democrats
Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. beverage business + considerable media interests)donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats
Gallo Winerydonated $337K, 95% went to Democrats
Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans
Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel wines – as well as Lenox China , Dansk, Gorham Silver)donated $644 K — 80% went to Republicans
Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats
Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections)donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken)donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans
Outback Steak House donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans
Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans
Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis)donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans
Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans
McDonald’s Corp.donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze)donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
Heinz Republicans $64,000Democrats $21,300!!!!!John Kerry’s wife’s company!!!
Traveling and/or dining
Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats
Marriott International$323K, 81% went to Republicans
Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans