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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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~RESOURCES~Tampa 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.

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As of December 21, 2011, we have a new policy in place regarding Tampa Bay modeling and talent agencies. Please read our official Tampa modeling agency statement. We do not recommend any of them, and models should only use them as one of many sources of modeling jobs leads, and exercise extreme caution when they do.
Be very careful when dealing with any modeling and talent agency!
In our opinion, the only way that you can be safe, and that you can be sure that an agency is ethical and professional, is to ONLY allow them to do what they are supposed to: Find and book you into modeling jobs. Period. Don’t limit your career that way, either, and go out and find and book those same jobs on your own. If you book that job on your own, you will not have to pay the agency commission, and neither will the modeling job. Also, when the agencies realize that you are already booking those modeling jobs on your own, they will HAVE TO work that much harder to book you into the job, first, so that they are do not lose out on their commission (Do you really think that ignorant, lazy models who allow themselves to be dependent upon an agency will be getting those jobs when you are out there booking them either way? You put those limited models in their place, too, as you are more marketable, and competitive, than they are!). The agency is put in their proper place (and so are agency models), the independent model is in charge, as they should be, managing their own career, and everyone wins (well, except for agency models and unethical agencies)!
In our opinion, do not trust the middleman, and cut them out when you can! Do not depend upon a business which, while working for you, also works for your competition, which are other models whom they represent!
Also, do not fall for the lies and the false hope that agencies use to manipulate others with. Businesses and modeling jobs, if an agency EVER tries to tell you that agency-represented models are more professional and more reliable than independent models, make them back it up! Have them guarantee it in writing, and hold them to it! You might as well get something tangible for the extra money that you have to pay out by obtaining models through an agency. Do not allow an agency to tell you what to do, as they, too, work FOR you, and do not allow them to LIMIT your options. Many professional independent models are much better, and smarter, than limited agency models, especially since independent models are go-getters who work harder at their careers than models who choose to be dependent upon agencies!
Models, in our opinion, never, ever allow an agency to manage your modeling career, tell you what to do, or allow them to exclusively represent you. Do not trust modeling agencies until they have earned your trust, as many modeling scams are connected with modeling and talent agencies. Keep your options open, and do not allow agencies to limit your marketability. The modeling agency is supposed to work FOR the models, and not the other way around. Also, in our opinion, it is a conflict of interest to allow an agency to manage your modeling career, especially since they are also working your competition, which are other models whom are represented by the agency. Those models are competing with you for the same jobs! Do you think that a business would be cool with someone who is working for them working with their competition? We don’t think so! Think, models, think! Could it be that, by allowing an agency to control you, that you give them power which should be in your hands, and open yourself up to manipulation, politics, and other unethical, unprofessional activity that will limit your modeling career? Put the agencies in their place, and MAKE them work for you. Don’t allow them to con you into thinking that it is a buyers market when it is actually a sellers market. Models have the power, as they are marketable, and they are the ones with the leverage!
Also, allowing an agency the privilege of finding you modeling jobs is the only way that they are supposed to make money, and in Florida, it’s the law! Don’t spend a dime on an agency, or on anyone who they refer you to for services, as you can never be too sure if the agencies are not unethically making money from those referrals. Never, ever buy anything from a modeling agency, or from anyone who they refer you to. Also, never allow them to sell you on the idea that you need modeling portfolios or composite cards, even if you do not have them. If you need a modeling portfolio or composite cards, keep in mind that a modeling agency is not in the business to give you those. Invest in your modeling portfolio, composite cards, and in your modeling career tools BEFORE you go to any modeling agency! You need to go to a professional photographer who specializes in modeling and talent photography for those services, and preferably one who is not referred to you by an agency, or one who is not connected to any agency. If those photographers accept referrals from agencies, which is different from referring their clients TO an agency, use caution! Question the credibility and the integrity of any photographer who is connected to a modeling agency or a modeling school.
What would WE do? We would skip any photographer who is connected to an agency, and especially one who is connected to a modeling school, and keep looking. Minimize your chances of being scammed by making sure that the photographer does not have a potential conflict of interest by being connected to an agency or a school!
If you have a portfolio and composite cards, regardless of where you got them, the agency should be able to do their job, regardless, and get you work. Never allow them to give you the lame excuse that your portfolio and comps are not good enough, and make professional photographers the scapegoat for why they are not good enough to do their job finding you jobs, especially since such opinions often segue into trying to sell you something! Consider their motivation when they tell you anything!

Please note that we do not endorse one modeling agency over any other, and that we are not affiliated with any modeling agency. Tampa Bay Modeling recommends that models utilize modeling agencies ONLY as one of many sources of modeling jobs, and that models should never allow any modeling agency to manage their professional modeling career, as modeling agencies also represent the competition of the model, which are other models. It is our opinion that modeling agencies, and general, are working conflicts of interest because of this. Our recommendation and our opinion may not necessarily be about the modeling and talent agencies listed on our web site, as these Tampa modeling agencies are legitimate and model-recommended.

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Florida modeling and talent agency laws as defined by the State of Florida DBPR.

Licensed Tampa Bay modeling agencies as listed by the State of Florida DBPR.

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For information only. To the best of our knowledge, the agencies listed here are ethical professionals. Tampa Bay Modeling, however, does not assume any liability for anyone wishing to contact these agencies. We are not affiliated and do not necessarily recommend or endorse any of these agencies. Use this information at your own risk.

Please note that you do not have to be represented by a model and talent agency to have a career as a professional model. Models can find modeling jobs and book those jobs at go-see's without the use of an agency. While smart models use model and talent agencies as another source of job leads, models who take the initiative and utilize every means available to them have a major advantage over models who are simply content to be simply represented by model and talent agencies or a main mother agency.

Tampa Bay Modeling cannot guarantee the results of models who choose to obtain modeling jobs on their own. The results are up to the individual model and the efforts that they put into their career.
We do not recommend allowing any model and talent agency to guide or manage your career. In our opinion, it is a conflict on interest to allow this because the agency also represents other models who are your competition. Model and Talent agencies are simply a source of possible model jobs, and should not be the center of any professional modeling career.

TA (Talent Agency) licenses verified by the Florida DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) database on 08/18/06. Listed agencies are S.A.G. (Screen Actors Guild) franchised.

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