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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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Model placement scams are even more idiotic. A modeling and talent agency, which, in Florida, is the only type of business which can legally make money by referring models into jobs, is a middleman in the modeling industry. Model placement companies are a middleman to the agency middleman, so you work with two middlemen. It does not make any sense to chain together middlemen in any career, as it makes doing business, for the model, much more expensive, and therefor, less cost effective. What they do is advertise modeling opportunities and modeling jobs, and they sell classes and portfolios. Model placement scams have a big pitch, too, and they offer to introduce you to agencies. So, you get a middleman introducing you to another middleman. At the most, model placement scams are modeling development businesses, or pseudo modeling schools (which bait models with the payoff of “introducing them” to the right agencies) which are a poor value, and they are not worth it. You can introduce yourself to agencies at no charge, or even go to a professional photographer to get the portfolio that you need, at a fair rate and the best value, and then go out and get modeling jobs on your own! Why a professional photographer who specializes in modeling portfolios? Because the photographer is at least honest about what they are in business to do, and they do not mislead anyone. As long as the photographer can demonstrate a history of doing good modeling portfolios, they are a much better, and safer, bet. Believe it.
Another thing about any modeling business which claims to place models with modeling agencies is this. Let’s say that you want to let a modeling agency do all of your work for you, and that you choose to be dependent upon a modeling and talent agency for your modeling job leads. While this limits your modeling career, especially when the model allows the agency to manage their career when the agency is supposed to be working for them instead, that’s ok. It works for some models, we suppose. Just realize that being an agency-only model also gives them power over you, and their opinion therefor now has more weight. It can be said that you are known by who you associate with. The modeling and talent agencies know who everyone is in their market, and they know that model placement businesses are low value modeling schools, at the most. Since you chose to be dependent upon modeling agencies, essentially giving them permission to have power over your career, what they think about you has a direct bearing on your modeling career (that is, unless you find work on your own, too). Do you think that the modeling agency will take you seriously when the business which is referring them to you has ripped you off? Do you think that they will ever respect you once word of your poor decision gets around?
Even if you choose to be represented by several modeling agencies, you find modeling work on your own, and you do not allow the agencies to have power over you, how are you going to feel when you realize that you paid too much for a mediocre modeling portfolio and low quality composite cards? How are you going to compete with models who have much better tools, and who were smart enough to pay less for them than you did? This is why modeling schools, modeling “management” companies, and model placement businesses are poor value investments, in our opinion. If they get your business by promising to manage you, or to refer you to agencies and modeling jobs, don’t you think that is misleading when what they are really selling you is not the same thing? Do you think that effective, high quality modeling portfolios, comp cards, and modeling career tools are important to them when they sold you on things which they really don’t have any direct control over? This is why you have to go to professional modeling portfolio photographers and companies which specialize in modeling portfolios and in modeling career tools. Make sure that they are selling what you are buying, and that is what their focus is on. Additionally, find out what fair modeling portfolio rates are for the Tampa Bay market! Only deal with professionals who are honest about what they are in business to do! Don’t get ripped off by a business which promises to refer you to agencies and modeling jobs when they are really selling you overpriced modeling classes and crappy, overpriced portfolios.
Make sure that they focus on what they are really in business to do, instead of selling you on other things which are more tempting. If their services cannot be sold at face value, because they are poor quality, and they have to rely upon luring models in with the promises of other things which sound better, there is absolutely no incentive for them to improve the quality, or the value of their services. After all, that’s not what they are selling, and it’s not why you buy those services. Once you cut through the misleading pitch of a model placement company, a modeling school, or a modeling management company, you really get a substandard, overpriced modeling development company with poor quality portfolios and often worthless classes.
We’d like to see a model placement company honestly market what they are really in business to do. Without the misleading lures, there is no way that they can compete with a professional modeling portfolio photographer or a photography company which specialize in modeling portfolio photography services. Compare and see for yourself!
The irony, too, is that these model placement companies, modeling management businesses, and other schemes are way more expensive than legitimate photographers. There are two reasons for this. First is greed. The scheme figures that any model who falls for their pitch is stupid enough to overpay for services, and often, they are right. Second is cost effectiveness of operating the business, and sell-through numbers. There are smart people out there who don’t fall for the B.S., and they walk away. As a result, the modeling placement scheme does not sell as many services as a more legitimate company does. Subsequently, they have to charge more to offset the lower sales, and to keep their profit margins up. So, essentially, you’re getting ripped off twice. You’re getting ripped off by buying overpriced, low quality services which were never advertised, and which you did not sign up for, really, when you responded to the advertisement. You’re also getting ripped off because you’re paying for services which other people did not buy, and the cost of the lost business is passed on to you!
As a rule of thumb, businesses which offer low quality, overpriced services have to resort to other incentives to sell what they are really doing. Their services cannot stand on their own merits, and they cannot compete with their competition. They also don’t want you to shop around for the services that you need.

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