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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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Tuesday, February 27, 2007Tampa 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.

Professional Alternatives.

Corrupt model and talent agencies, shady model searches, and model consultation scams will lose their leverage as more models learn and apply professional alternatives to their modeling careers.

We’ve received many E-mails from models and other readers who are under the impression that we are against modeling agencies. This is not entirely true. We recognize that modeling agencies are a legitimate part of the modeling industry, and they have been since it began, but at the same time we really want models and other modeling industry professionals to realize that model and talent agencies are no longer the only way to have a career as a professional model. They are now an option, and are one of many sources for modeling jobs. Any model who solely depends upon modeling agencies to book work is selling their career short, and any model too ignorant to think for themselves and who allow modeling agencies to manage their career is not in control of their profession and all too often have to put up with conflicts of interest and questionable ethics.
Conflicts of interest? Well, actually, there are. Think of agency bookers as salespeople. A model, being a subcontracted worker, is like a small business. As a business, having salespeople selling you is a great thing, but what if those salespeople are also selling your competition? Wouldn’t that be a professional conflict of interest, and should any professional compromise and accept such an unbalanced business relationship? Should you trust these salespeople? Do agencies only represent (and sell) one model? Of course they don’t. Modeling agencies represent many models, and that is a conflict, and when they also try to give models career advice and try to manage them, the model really needs to question their motivation and the credibility of the guidance given. Model and talent agencies are working conflicts of interest and operate on flawed business models. They have stayed in business and operate successfully in spite of themselves simply because they were the only game in town. The past tense, of course, is our way of pointing out that they are no longer the only game in town and that there are now professional alternatives that all models are obligated to explore. To ignore these professional alternatives is professionally irresponsible, and those who are content to blindly do the agency thing in their careers find that their opportunities, and modeling careers, are limited. Your competition are no longer accepting those limitations, and they have an advantage over anyone who is professionally complacent. Those models who choose to remain ignorant and who lazily depend upon agencies will find that the smarter models who have more initiative will book more work than they will, and those models will have modeling careers that are truly successful.
Should you trust model and talent agencies? Well, have they earned your trust through what they do and say? With agencies operating under the assumption that they are the only “legitimate” and professional way for models to have a modeling career, it sets up a monopolistic mindset. In their attempts to manage the competing models who they represent, an environment of manipulation and exploitation is maintained without any concrete threat of penalty. With these people assuming that they have power and leverage over the careers of models, do you think that they have any incentive to play fair and to be honest with models? Of course they don’t! With more and more models learning about professional alternatives, however, and applying them to their careers, many modeling agencies are waking up and are being forced to be more ethical and professional due to the fact that they now of more competition and are no longer the only thing going on in the modeling industry.
Regarding model and talent agencies in the Tampa Bay area, there are very few which we trust. Why should we trust them when they are not honest with us? We have evidence of questionable activity at many of these modeling agencies, and the professionalism and ethics which they utilize are often shady. As an example, we’ve heard about agency bookers in Tampa slandering people because they are afraid of them and want to discredit them in the eyes of models. It always backfires when the model learns the truth and discovers the motivation of the booker and the agency’s opinion. Have you heard of the so-called “professional” agency booker in Tampa who is telling people that a popular photographer is having problems with the law because he supposedly “beat up” (assaulted) a model? Not only does this booker not have any proof to back up their allegation, but anyone can do a simple check to find out that the booker is lying and is spreading malicious rumors because this photographer is going out of his way to help models and the integrity of the modeling industry and the agencies don’t like it. Any agency which knowingly employs bookers who lie to people and slander true professionals is not professional or ethical, and although they may not realize it, they are setting themselves up for serious liability in the future. Could you imagine what would happen to the credibility of an agency which was sued for slander and had a judgement against them? Rumor has it that legal action may be taken against some agencies in the future, and we are looking forward to the time when these shady agencies will be held accountable for their sins against models and the modeling industry.
We have other issues with modeling agencies, too. The top model scams for the Tampa Bay modeling industry in 2007, which we are presently hard at work to fight against, are model searches and model consultation scams. All of these model scams use the lure of being referred to agencies and potential modeling agency representation as their main draw. As more and more models and aspiring models realize that there are professional alternatives to model and talent agencies and that they have more possibilities open to them, these scams will become less effective.
The professional alternatives are presented throughout the Tampa Bay Modeling web site and on ally modeling resource sites such as Independent Modeling free of charge, and all that you need to do is check it out, learn, and apply it to your career. It’s up to you.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida

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