Ja' Dee Muphy of JDM Photography
Stylish, grounded and focused are the words often used to describe Ja’Dee Murphy. A native New Yorker, Ja’Dee is an inner city man with vision and confidence. His education includes the School of Visual Arts and Parson School of Designs where his raw talent in writing, drawing and theatrical arts first astounded his teachers. He was awarded the Claudia Bronze Medal for Art and Designs while attending William Howard Taft High School.
Ja’Dee has experience as an actor, dancer, model, make-up artist and writer, a combination of skills ideal for model management, fashion show production and talent representation. He credits his time working with the late couturier Gustavo Huertas (Fashion Designer for Paul Mitchell) as essential to his remarkable style and "eye." While touring with Huertas, Ja’Dee perfected the industry’s keynotes: Timing, Technique, and "The Look.."
In 1996, Ja’Dee's passion for fashion influenced him to form the first all black male modeling agency, B.M.E.( Black Male Enterprise), which rapidly grew into his full service agency, Tones Model Management, Ja’Dee's commitment and courage inspired and opened doors for many talented Afro and Latino Americans as well as other ethnic groups who seek a career in the fashion Industry. His motto: "Let no one tell you no to your dreams."
Ja’Dee and TONES models are proud to have worked for more than fifth-teen in the fashion industry. Tones Model debut was with fashion Directors/Coordinators and Producers Donald Credle and Jerry Jordan Brown on GMAD's annual fashion shows, models were featured in John Blassingame’s Men Collection shows and have been featured in Today's Black Women magazine as well as the covers of Venus and For You bridal magazines and Essence Magazine.
Over the years TONES models have worked with some of the East coast's finest designers including; Francis Hendy, Deborah Williams for Her Game 2 and Edwing D' Angelo, William Witherspoon, Willie Hall, Ray Brown, Duane Fish, Baby Phatt, Mark Ecko, Rocawear, Kenneth Cole, B. Smith, Tracy Reese and many others designers. TONES models have appeared on the NBC's The Today Show, Tyra Banks Show, and BET Monique Show as well as on Law and Order and other TV shows. TONES models are best described as having exotic beauty that is distinctive, provocative, glamorous and intriguing. Tones models as an agency, is in the process of reinventing itself and will now be known as JDM Model management and will be collaborating with other major agencie, clients, and magazines to ensure that the career of JDM models’ are educational and rewarding experiences.
As a Photographer
Ja’Dee is now becoming the newest seek-out fashion photographer in New York who talents is also has been requested on the west coast. Thought he only has been photographing for 8 months, Ja’Dee Murphy as been contacted by several publications for his talents and Designers, such clients as designers, Bill Witherspoon, Tyrell Mason, Duane Fish, Celebrity Actor “The Most Downloaded Model Internationally” Ngo Okafor. Actor and Spokes Model Lionel Whitley, Belco Becoum,Cover Model for Vera Moore Cosmetic and International Male Model Yohei Koizumi of Japan.
Ja’Dee work has been seen in the Harlem news press and on Good Morning American Morning News that featured the Heavy Weight Golden Glove Champ Ngolio Okafor. Ja’Dee will be working with some of NYC top modeling agencies, and has photographed two cover pages for HEIGHT MAGAZINE and alone with Height has been requested to an interveiw with Insider Edition . Fame Celebrity Photography Steven Williams of LA, is quoted to described Ja’Dee’s images as “PHOTOTASTIC” as well as several of his peers who were taken by Ja’Dee’s natural talents, one of them being Tim Harris, Art Director and Owner of Identities Models.
Ja’Dee stated that he too is surprised at the dimensions that his photography has leaded him in such a short time frame. States he have a fine love for fashion and beauty, and is still amazed how ones’ humanity can be capture in splits of seconds and that a single photo can fulfill you with emotions, this is what he seeks even as a fashion photographer, to bring emotions to those who views his work.
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