Getting Me Ready For College

Getting Me Ready For College

So as I am left alone with my thoughts I cant help but go back in time when my daughter, Bennett, was a baby.  I think about how much changed in my life in an instant.  Immediately things that seemed important became irrelevant.  My entire thought process changed.  Pam and I no longer though about us as a duo but as a family.  I got to fall in love with my wife again.  Not understanding the emotion, I didn’t know where all of this was coming from but somewhat resented such a disruptive change in the way I was selfishly living my life.  I look back now and realize I was not only growing but growing up.  For true growth some things must be left behind.  I now know this but feeling my little girl is heading off to college I don’t feel at ease.  I find I feel anxious!  Not so much for her but for me.  How will this impact my life and way of life.  How emotionally I will handle all of the changes about to come my way.

As we have done through all of Bennett’s development there has been a plan.  Rarely has anything with her been left to chance.  Yes we have always prayed about her well being and for great things to occur in her life but we have always maintained a strategic road map for the goals set before us.  For this college experience we simply are out of the loupe.  Being a scholarship athlete many of our duty’s have been taken over by the school.  This leaves me feeling like my daughter will find she doesn’t need me anymore.   I assumed this role of control and responsibility 18 years ago and now the world is saying let go of the reigns, “Ive got this”!  Really?  How can I trust everything will be alright?  As our time with her dwindles I cannot help wrestling with the inevitability that my little girl is leaving me.  She is onto her own journey.  I remember leaving for college and out into the big bright world on my own.  Maybe we need to get away from our family and all the cynicism and jadedness  to get a truly fresh take on the world and what it has to offer us and what we have to offer.

At this point, do I feel Bennett needs me to help her circumnavigate the University of Alabama?  Of course not.  However, as her dad for 18 years it is hard not to try to inject myself into everything she will be doing.  Is that my own narcissism?  I don’t think so.  I look at it simply as trying to fend off any problems and any resulting pain that could come her way.  This is what dads do!  It is the habit I created many years ago and continue to foster each and every year.  After all, I have gotten better and better at understanding her problems and how to fend off the small problems before they get to be big ones.  I have gotten better at identification as well.  I believe this is true because she has grown so much as a person we are seeing more and more eye to eye.

These last two weeks have been so much fun.  Little things we have done together, lunch, shopping, ect gives me such insight into this special young lady.  Her candor about certain things, her self assuredness about others.  Her laughter and wittiness all remind me of myself when purity of thought and lack of failure were prevalent in my life.  My prayer for her is to maintain that happiness.  People flock to her now but when she gets to college she doesn’t recognize the fan base she will have, many who will look up to her and gravitate to her since her attitude is so amazing.

So we packed the Pathfinder to the roof with boxes of everything she needed and set out on our journey to Alabama. Driving and talking, listening and advising, I am sure she will be sick of me for a good while.  But as our time together is coming to a close I feel as though I am listening and looking at her more.  Making memories with my mind that I can draw on when I need to, I guess.  I really cannot describe what I am feeling as I have never felt it before.  With my job, I was lucky enough to be able to spend lots of time with Bennett and really get to know her.   Hey, maybe that is what I am feeling.  I have gotten so used to knowing everything about her that when I don’t know what she will be doing it makes me uneasy.  I’ll get over it eventually.

Arriving in Alabama and getting her set up in her dorm I couldn’t help feeling out of place.  Several of her roomates had already arrived.  They engaged in conversation that was instantly unfamiliar to me.  I busied myself with setting up her closets and hooking up TV’s ect just to justify my being there.  As I did it finally hit me.  She is going to be just fine.  She doesn’t need me there doing what I was doing but it made both of us feel better just spending those last minutes together.  I finished up and then asked her if she wanted to go to lunch.  I think she was feeling my uneasiness.  We headed out to Newk’s, a place I’d heard Pam and her talk about all last year.  As I ordered I realized, I am on her turf now.  She knows more about these places than I did and that would be happening more and more.  As we ate she told me many things about her life on campus and what she hoped it would bring.  I found myself somewhat spellbound as I listened and watched my little girl who had become this amazing young woman.  I recognized she was anxious to step up to any responsibility asked of her.  I realized she was going to be alright.  Alright?  Alright has never been enough for her.  Exceptional is more what she is after and she is ready.

I took her back to her dorm and dropped her off.  I asked if she would like to go to a late super since I was heading out first thing in the morning.  She said sure.  Now I could really feel my grip wanting to harden but really knew this was going to harder on me than her.  I picked her up for dinner about three hours after we had eaten lunch.  Obviously this meeting really wasn’t about food.  At the dinner table I said my last prayer with her.  Still asking if she needed anything else, I could feel our time slipping away.  We ran by a store on the way back and got a few more things but honestly I don’t remember what she got.  I just paid for it.  After all, I felt like I was in a movie that was stuck on fast-forward.  My time with her was slipping away.  As I pulled in front of her building the hustle of others moving in was still going on at 10PM.  I got out of the car, walked around it and embraced Bennett longer than I felt I ever had.  It was so long I feared she recognized it.  She let me.  I think if I’d have hugged her longer she would have let me as well.  She knew what I knew.  We would never be the same.  This experience will change us both.  After a quick kiss, I told her I love her.  I got in my car and drove out of sight.

That drive in the morning was the longest trip I felt I had ever driven alone.  I’d driven, several times to Los Angeles, but this trip from Alabama to Orlando was an eternity.  The cavernous inside of my empty Pathfinder was a constant reminder that my little girl has grown up and is on her own way.  Now I must be a distant observer and let her welcome me into her world.  I look forward to that day but for now I will smile and be proud of her; Proud she chooses to do this on her own with confidence and an independence that few kids are ready for.  She has truly become a strong young woman.  She must fly alone on this journey.

When I returned home that night I hugged and kissed my wife, popped the chilled champagne, and toasted “We did it”!

 

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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SONY OPEN 2014 So Far…Serena and Rafa Looking Amazing

SONY OPEN 2014 So Far… Here are a few of the stars I caught this year!  Im very busy but wanted to keep my fans

informed with a few of my favorite(and quickly accessible images).  I am always quite busy uploading images to the UK, Spain and my home stock agency Photosport in LA.

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Rafa Nadal at the Sony Open 2014 in a Practice Session

Rafa Nadal at the Sony Open 2014 in a Practice Session

Maria Sharapova signs the camera lens for Tennis Channel at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova signs the camera lens for Tennis Channel at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Rafa Nadal at the Sony Open 2014 in a Practice Session

Rafa Nadal at the Sony Open 2014 in a Practice Session

Andy Murray at the Sony Open 2014

Andy Murray at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

Serena Williams at the Sony Open 2014

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Roger Federer at the Sony Open 2014 at the end of a practice session

Roger Federer at the Sony Open 2014 at the end of a practice session

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Stan Warrinka at the Sony Open 2014

Stan Warrinka at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

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Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open 2014

USTA Andy McFarland Director Youth Tennis Division in Florida Photographs Teens Nude

Andy McFarland from the USTA Website

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Andy McFarland, Director of Tennis for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) is moonlighting as a sleazy, nude,and bikini photographer photographing young girls. These are the images on the front page of his website

USTA Andy McFarland Director Youth Tennis Division in Florida Photographs Teens Nude
Is this who you want to be close to your tennis playing daughter, whether in grade school or a teenager? USTA Andy McFarland, Associate Executive Director Youth Tennis Division here in Florida is actively acting as a nude and swimsuit photographer shooting photos like this.

This is purely about being the father of a teenage daughter who is also a top tennis player nationally.  Recently it was brought to my attention that Andy McFarland,director at USTA, is a Playboy type hard core glamour photographer.  It may seem like it is the pot calling the kettle black however I don’t moonlight shooting teenage and 20 somethings nude and nearly nude and do it for much more than a decade all the while working in a position that keeps me in constant contact with young and impressionable young girls. Although he trys to hide it (certainly Andy Gladstone and other men in USTA know about this), it is unacceptable that this goes on and he is always around all of our children especially our impressionable girls.

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Andy McFarland, Director of Tennis for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) is moonlighting as a sleazy, nude,and bikini photographer photographing young girls. These are the images on the front page of his website

This image is on the front page of his photography website.

Here are websites for the USTA’s Associate Executive Director, Andy McFarland, Associate Executive Director Youth Tennis Division here in Florida

Look at the websites I have attached links for and decide for yourself if you want this guy anywhere near your child!  Call the USTA and let your feelings be known.

http://www.wilderamaginations.com/

USTA site: http://www.florida.usta.com/About-Us/staff/?intloc=headernavsub

http://www.modelmayhem.com/8676

Do you want him around your child…he has been been around your kids since 1994???

Laserfibre Quantum TT Premium

Laserfibre Quantum TT Premium

Evaluations of the Laserfibre Quantum TT Premium:

Matt Dunn, April 29, 2009:

Place of purchase: Laserfibre

Date of purchase: 01/2009

Warranty: 10 years

Price: $679

Equipment:

tabletop, drop-weight constant pull tensioning, 6-point suspension mounting, 2 fixed clamps, tools, string

Experiences:

Ordered the stringer in January of 09, missing parts. Was sent replacement parts and told how to install them. No manual was sent, no instructions on how to put the machine together. Must say the man who sold it to me(the designer of the machine) walked me through how to string on the phone. Never had strung a racquet before. Was promised a new machine since this one had many types of problems from what he said about my string job. I sent him multiple images of the machine and what I was doing. I never received a PO to ship back or any more correspondence; no machine. Sent several emails and made multiple phone calls. No response to my issues was ever made beyond the last call… I have been stuck with $700.00 paperweight that doesn’t work properly nor ever did. Poor customer service.

Number 1 Again (Thanks South Florida)

Photographers, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photographers – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thanks again to south Florida(Miami,Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach)for making me the number 1 photographer in work as well as sales. I am humbled and thankful.

Updated Client List

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

Client List Main

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

Images from Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Here ae some images from the Sony Ericsson Open 2011.  Great tournament and many upsets thoughout from Roger Federer being ousted in the Semis by Rafa Nadal to Vika Azaranka winning in the final over Maria Sharapova.  Here are some images from the tournament.  Rafael Nadal lost in the final to Novak Djokovic.

Novak Dives For a Passing Shot By Rafa in the Sony Ericsson Open 2011 in Miami Florida

 

Rafa Returns a Ball During The Final

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

 

Viktoria Azaranka Accepts Trophy For Her Win At WTA Sony Ericsson Open 2011

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

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

Maria Sharapova Plays Left Handed When Challenged Far Out Wide

Victoria Azaranka Jubilant About Win Over Maria Sharapova at Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Victoria Azaranka Jubilant About Win Over Maria Sharapova at Sony Ericsson Open 2011

 

Novak Djokovic In His Win Over Mardy Fish in SemiFinals

Mardy Fish Becomes Top Ranked American Tennis Player after Routing David Ferrer in Quarterfinals of Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Federer Falls Short at the Sony Ericsson 2011

Rafa Nadal Returns Serve against Roger Federer

HOPE Match for Japan

Today I had the opportunity to shoot many of the stars of tennis playing a soccer match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Some of the players for the tennis players were Novak Djockovic, Marcos Bagdatis, Fernando Verdasco, Davide Ferrer, Jurgen Meltzer, Feliciano Lopez, and Andy Murray.

Novak Djokovic Posing with Strikers Mascot

Marcos Baghdatis, voted the team’s most valuable player, and Andy Murray scored goals for the ATP World Tour Allstars, which was captained by World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. A total of 17 ATP World Tour stars took part including World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

The charity match raised funds for the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan, which has been effected by a recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami crisis. The match was followed by a gala dinner which also sought to raise funds.

ATP World Tour Allstars

Starting XI
Novak Djokovic (captain)
Kei Nishikori
Feliciano Lopez
Juan Monaco
Richard Gasquet
Viktor Troicki
Andy Murray
Marcos Baghdatis
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jurgen Melzer
Gasquet’s physio (goalkeeper)

Substitutes
Alexandr Dolgopolov
Potito Starace
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo
David Marrero
Fernando Verdasco
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer

New Additions to My Junkyard Series

I have been doing this “Junkyard Series” for 20 years. I do additions to the series when I find great locations and/or great models as muses. As the title implies, I do the series in dirty and often times strange locations which are unacceptable and one would rarely find fantastically sexy and beautiful people in. I love the contrasts not only in the people but in the elements of the location. If anyone knows of other locations I could do more of these in please let me know. Otherwise I will be looking everywhere. Please see my other work for the series at my main website.  What a gorgeous creature!!!