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First modeling portfolio picture of a Tampa model on Tampa Bay Modeling. All portfolio photographs, unless otherwise noted, by C. A. Passinault, lead photographer for Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, as well as Director of Tampa Bay Modeling. C. A. Passinault is a top photographer, as well as a modeling expert.Second model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Click on the image for an anecdote of the modeling shoot which produced this picture.In this third picture, you can see why the Tampa Bay area is one of the best in the world for modeling portfolio development work. Photograph by Tampa photographer C. A. Passinault.Image four of our online portfolio of another Tampa model. This photograph, if we are not mistaken, was taken on location in the Tampa Bay area. The best modeling portfolio photographs are location shots.This is another great picture. This is the fifth model photograph on Tampa Bay Modeling. Pictures featured in our thumbnail array may not be the same as those of models which are in our featured model section, but often, they are one and the same.Unmatched in any Florida modeling market. The quality of this image is excellent! Photograph by C. A. Passinault, our resident photographer and modeling expert.Another top Tampa model gets their look on. The best models can obtain a wide range of looks, as you can see when you look at other pictures of this model!Is it any wonder why more and more companies and art directors are booking independent models without going through an agency? Proof that you can be a professional model, with a lucrative career, without being dependent upon an agency to find and book modeling jobs!Another awesome photograph of a Tampa model by modeling photographer C. A. Passinault, lead photographer Aurora PhotoArts, and director of Tampa Bay Modeling.For modeling portfolio work in the Tampa Bay area, nothing beats location work. Studio photography is not nearly as cost effective, or appropriate, for modeling portfolio work.Keep in mind that this picture, for a modeling portfolio, was taken by a qualified modeling portfolio photographer, C. A. Passinault, for a specialized, professional market, which is modeling. A wedding photographer or a portrait studio will not be able to give models what they need for an effective modeling portfolio, as you have to know what you are doing!This is the 12th picture in our Tampa Bay Modeling online portfolio. Yet another Tampa model shows a marketable look in their portfolio. The best models are capable of the most looks, and are not locked into a single look!Agency model or independent model? It doesnt matter, anymore, especially in Tampa Bay. Professional models like this one can be booked without going through an agency, saving both the model and the job agency fees.Modeling portfolios need at least six looks, and by looks, we mean different looks. A composite cards needs at least five, on average, with a headshot on the front, and four different looks on the back of the comp card. This Tampa model is demonstrating a marketable look right now, in this photography. Picture by C. A. Passinault.


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This is an archive of relevant mail and our replies organized by subject. The date of the mail bag will be noted for each letter, with a link to the related mail bag. This archive is updated on the first of the month when relevant mail is posted in the current mail bag, and the newest letters are added to the top. Other sections of the Tampa Bay Modeling site link to this section so the mail and our responses can be used as reference and support content. We really like this way of archiving so great letters and our replies are not lost in old mail bags and can be easily researched. Enjoy!
~ Model Monica Stevens, Tampa Bay Modeling Mail Bag Editor

When Does Your Mail Bag Section Launch? - POSTED APRIL 2006.

Hi there. I was reading over your (very, very) cool and hip modeling site and was wondering if you were going to launch your mail bag section in April like it says in your news section. I noticed some things are not up like they were promised in your news section and I am eager to read the model scam section in particular, as I am a model (and not a new one, either) who has been scammed recently and I could have really used the information a few weeks ago. I’m not really complaining (well, maybe a little), but I really like your site and the Tampa Bay modeling community needs all of your really cool announced ideas yesterday. I check the site every day, like many models probably do, looking for your good ideas to materialize into something useful, but ideas do nothing for us if they remain on the drawing board and are not available for us to learn from. Oh, and we need those tools, too. If they work, this site is going to shake up the market! I already know of one model scam who need to be held accountable for what they are doing to models and I really don’t have much information on what to do. Independent Modeling used to have this information but I’m having trouble finding it. What happened to Independent Modeling? I heard that they got in trouble and had to take down all of the cool things. Oh, and good move on giving Monica Stevens a job on your site. She is a bad ass. I love that girl, her knowledge of the modeling profession, and her razor sharp wit. She doesn’t take crap from anyone! I really enjoyed reading her old mail bag on Independent Modeling over the years. Did she get fired from Independent Modeling after they got in trouble and dropped their mail bag section? Those last mail bags of hers were incredibly sassy and very funny to read. I miss them.
Please let your readers know that even us experienced professional models can get scammed if they are cut off from the information and the tools that they need. Those who are responsible for removing what WAS up have done a horrible disservice to models, and that’s why I am really looking forward to your improved “Next Generation” tools and information. We want it, we need it, and it will help models everywhere. Well, once you make it available, that is.
- Jennifer

Hi Jennifer,
Wow. Now that’s the letter that we needed to kick this thing off. As you can tell by now, Tampa Bay Modeling’s Mail Bag section launches now, right on schedule. The other things that you are waiting for, such as the new model scam section and model scam-fighting tools, will be available this month (Check our NEWS SECTION for daily information).
Keeping this short and to-the-point, I’ll now answer some of your other questions (I am still setting up my desk here at my home in Hyde Park and have more letters to get to- I’ll have to keep things as short as possible most of the time).
Independent Modeling was not forced to remove anything, and I didn’t get fired. In 2005, there was an editorial transition and the site was rebuilt from scratch. They no longer saw the need for stating the obvious and some of the content was no longer appropriate for where the site was going. It was formatted as the ultimate modeling resource site, combined with the other independent sites, and focused on career tools and promoting professional models. If you think about it, you’ll understand that it’s kind of hard to use a site to promote anyone when you have entire sections devoted to slamming model scams and generally pissing people off, especially when the controversial content is very redundant and stating the obvious. For the record, I still contribute to Independent Modeling on a freelance basis, and I still hang out with the staff.
Since there was no longer a need for a mail bag on Independent Modeling (I’m not really a fan of what they have now, as it is not as entertaining to read and is instead updated daily as a FAQ-type database that works better for their new format), the models over here at Tampa Bay Modeling wanted one on their site. They were regular readers of mine and liked the mail bags. So, I booked a regular job on their staff as the new editor for their mail bag. Since Tampa Bay Modeling does not directly promote models and it is set up to attack ideas instead of certain people in the industry, it’s not overly stating the obvious and fills an important need. Many of the great things on the old Independent Modeling site have been licensed for use here, and the models are working overtime to improve the information and tools before bringing them online. It’ll be well worth the wait. In regards to the model scam section, they’ve already gone through the first draft and had to start over. It seems that there was too much information being crammed into the sections and it was determined that average readers would get lost in all of the text. They are fine-tuning the organization by using informative summaries that lead to expanded information and tools, and that is much better.
For the record, you can find some of that old information and tools (and my old mail bags) by using search engines like Google (Click on “CACHED” instead of the direct link. Hold down (SHIFT) when you do it to open a new browser window) and useful sites like Archive.org. Take the URL’s found in the search engines (old Independent Modeling content is found under “geomedia.addr.com” and not independentmodeling.com) and paste it into Archive.org. You’ll be able to check out archived versions of any web site on there by year and date. My mail bags ran between 2002 and 2004. Archive.org is really cool for investigative work, as it is the Internet’s best version of a time machine that I know of. I use it to find information that has been removed. Want to see what your favorite web site looked like in 1997? Check it out!
Speaking of old mail bags, some of the best E-Mails from the Independent Modeling bags may find their way here. This month, I didn’t have access to those files (and didn’t have time to look them up on Archive.org, either- It has been busy here and I am still getting organized), so stay tuned.
I’m also glad that you liked my earlier work and think highly of me. I’m back, and you can expect even better things here. I’ve learned a lot since I last did a Mail Bag.

~ Model Monica Stevens, Tampa Bay Modeling Mail Bag Editor






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