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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.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006Tampa Bay model photographed at a Tampa Bay location during a model portfolio photography session by Tampa Bay photography company Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Bay Photography and Design. Photograph by modeling portfolio photographer Chris Passinault.

Agency Conflicts.

Models need to find photographers and qualified professionals who can help them build their portfolio and establish their career tools BEFORE going to any model and talent agency. This is the only sure way to avoid potential conflicts of interest and the possibility of being misled and scammed by an agency. Models, use caution if an agency tells you to avoid getting portfolio photography services before going to the agency or that you have to use the services which they recommend.
We’ve said it before, and we will start saying it even more. There are some serious professional and ethical issues with some model and talent agencies in the Tampa Bay area.

In all honesty, most models that I know only trust one agency in this area, and the agency that we trust is Alexa model and talent management in south Tampa (That’s not to imply that all the other agencies are bad, either, that’s just our opinion- there are other agencies that are reputable).
What’s ironic is that professional models no longer have to put up with the B.S. that agencies seem to bring into our careers. It’s not like a lot of us need agencies that much anymore. While we do use agencies as a source of model job leads, most of us now compete with agency bookers and book model jobs on our own! In our opinion, the way that the modeling industry is set up is flawed, and model and talent agencies are working-conflicts of interest and should never be taken seriously as a source of guidance for a modeling career because most of them do not have the best interests of the models in mind. Most of the bookers who are dispensing career advice and referring models to photographers and other services are unqualified, minimum wage workers who are little more than glorified receptionists. These bookers spend much of their careers cold-calling businesses and are not qualified to manage models or discern what quality modeling career tools are.
Do you really want professional, qualified advice on what you need as a model for your modeling career? Ask the professionals who do photography and portfolio services as a career. After all, you are what you do, and there is never anyone more qualified to give advice than the professionals with the most experience in their field. If you want to know what is effective in a model portfolio or what makes a good picture, ask a model portfolio photographer who does it professionally. If you need a modeling web site or effective model composite cards, ask professionals who do that for a living. Don’t ask some middleman who has no experience in the professions that they are referring others to. If they have never done it themselves professionally, what makes them the authority in that field?
Tampa Bay Modeling is now working on a whistle-blowing resource for agency bookers and employees. Only agency workers know all of the details of what their agencies are doing, and if there is anything unethical going on, they owe it to the models who their agency represents and to themselves to make things right and to contact the authorities. This resource will be online shortly, and agencies only need to worry if they are doing something wrong. If model and talent agencies are working within the boundaries of the law and are conducting business honestly, then professional models proudly support them and they have nothing to worry about. As a professional model, I recognize legitimate agencies as being integral to my career, and will utilize several agencies and their qualified bookers as a source of model job and go-see leads in addition to booking model jobs on my own. I also realize that agencies have no business trying to manage my career or making me use certain resources because of the potential of a conflict of interest, especially when the agency is a working conflict of interest because they also represent models who are my competition.
We are not anti-agency. Tampa Bay Modeling is not against reputable agencies. Those who are breaking the law and who are taking advantage of models, however, are about to have a fight on their hands.
Here is to justice well served and to saving professional models from model and talent agency scams in the Tampa Bay area.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida








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