Matthew Stephen

Photographer Male Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/matthewstephan
Mayhem # 772885

About Me

I am retired and now on a horse ranch in Tenn. I turned it into a rescue ranch for all types of animals and we need your help saving lives
https://www.facebook.com/EchoRescueRanch/
https://www.gofundme.com/EchoRescueRanch
email. me_studios@yahoo.com

Over 25 years working full time internationally in both commercial and retail professional photography.
Clients list and type of work include:
Paramount Pictures: special images that were used in the movie:
"The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner.
Pro model portfolios, actor Head shots and publicity shots: Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Peter Jennings, Gen. Chuck Yeager, Miss USA/Universe inc.:Head shots, judge/asst. director, producer.
CBS,WBBM-FM, B-96 TV and Radio personalities' Publicity head shots.
Sandals International Resorts, Both as a photographer and magician
Hyatt Resorts. Commercial photography.
A special commissioned work which was a rendering of the concept "1000 points of Light" for President George H. Bush.
Mag., publications, Billboards, posters, and countless others.
Specializing in a style he developed in the 80's. which was a joining of techniques and styles he learned studying Ansel Adams' Zone system, Peter Gowland's glamour and Playboy lighting styles. After turning down a job interview with Playboy, Matthew opened his own studio with a focus on Celebes and models. A studio glamour image would use as many as 25 separate strobes to light a set. His success earned him a special award for his photography from Miss USA/ Universe Inc. and numerous newspaper and TV interviews. Having been one of the more successful studios in Chicago gave Matthew the ability to retire from the retail world at the young age of 48 to travel and concentrate on glamour and photojournalistic endeavors. All of this is quite astounding considering Matthew is rated as being a 100% disabled Air Force Veteran from his tour in the early 70's. He sustain severe injuries in what was described as a non survivable fall when a ledge of the mountain he was on broke loose while on a search and destroy mission, only to go on and receiving a special accommodation for his mountain rescue of 2 downed F105 fighter pilots later that same year and on the same mountain range that nearly took his life 10 months earlier.
Then it hit.
In 2008 I had to close down M.E. Studios because I could no long hold a camera and shoot.
I was in severe pain most of the time and after two back surgeries it was all over. Divorced and had lost every thing I loved. I was forced to get any healthcare through the "We don't care, We don't have too" VA and By 2012 I was planning to add my name to the list of 22 Veterans take their own lives each day.
Then one day while getting through the line at the dental clinic I met my future wife behind the counter. She was one of the small few that really cared about all the Vets that passed through. Loved by all she couldn't walk down the hall without countless "hi how are you's and you see a blank stares turn to a smile each one she said hello to.
We now live on  a small ranch in Tenn and rescue unwanted and unloved animals.
But we could use your help save more lives.
like us on: http://www.facebook.com/EchoRescueRanch
or help us at: http://www.gofundme.com/EchoRescueRanch

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Clients list and type of work include:
Paramount Pictures: special images that were used in the movie:
"The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner.
Pro model portfolios, actor Head shots and publicity shots: Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Peter Jennings,
Gen. Chuck Yeager,
Miss USA/Universe inc.:Head shots, judge/asst. director, producer.
CBS,WBBM-FM, B-96 TV and Radio personalities' Publicity head shots.
Sandals International Resorts,
Hyatt Resorts. A special commissioned work which was a rendering of the concept "1000 points of Light" for President George H. Bush.
Mag., publications, Billboards, posters, and countless others.

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