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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.


Friday, June 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.

A Matter Of Definition.

TFP, TCFD, Web Based Model, Land Based Model, and more are explored here. Yes, I did do a lot of research and surveyed a lot of qualified professionals who know what they are really talking about (the ones making a living in their careers with years of professional experience). Want to know the real definitions of these terms? You will find them here.
Please note that no serious professional agrees with anything in the misconception description. In my humble opinion as a professional model, there are way too many amateurs in the industry today claiming to be professionals and muddying the water as they spread misconceptions. While none of them can compete with a professional, especially when their portfolios are built with TFP, the confusion does not help aspiring professionals who are learning the business.

Something has been really bugging me the past couple of years. What I would like to address today are the different definitions that people give to some common terms. How can you be sure that we are talking about the same thing if we mean different things for the same term? In some cases, a term can be either positive or negative depending upon the definition subscribed to it. Could you imagine how unintentionally hilarious a conversation or debate could get if the people involved are talking about different things but think they are talking about the same thing? I suspect that it happens more than you might think, as people are, by default, notoriously poor with communication. The quality of communication is especially degraded when people succumb to their prejudices, opinions, and insecurities. As professionals, all that we really have to do is to learn the business and learn how to listen. Listen, and use education to weigh out anything that you hear. Remember that you must consider who the source is before accepting any opinion as fact. Either that, you make sure that many trusted professionals agree with the opinion, too.
Let me start by exploring the perceived and the correct definitions of several modeling terms. Obviously, the misconceptions are what the uneducated majority believe.


The misconception: TFP/ TFCD is where people can build modeling and photography portfolios for free! In the digital age, it is wrong to charge for any kind of photography, as film and development costs no longer apply. Models and photographers can get around getting ripped off by spending time and putting together cheap portfolios. This is the way of the future.
The consequences: Too many amateur models and photographers thinking that it is wrong to pay for anything. A lack of quality and subsequent ineffective portfolios due to too many who do this not having the skill or experience to do anyone any good. You get what you pay for here, which amounts to a massive waste of time and the potential to learn bad habits.
The correct meaning: TFP is short for Time For Prints. TFCD is short for Time For CD. They are both the same except for a difference in picture delivery, where TFP gives photographic prints and TFCD gives image files on a CD-ROM.
TFP, and yes, even back in the film days it existed, is actually a professional exchange of services between established professionals. What is an “established professional”? These are people who make money in their careers and do professional-quality work. These are people who already have great portfolios and are not in need of starting one. TFP/ TFCD is actually about adding to an established professional portfolio with the assistance of other professionals, not beginning one. How would the professional know if you are even worth TFP unless you have a professional portfolio to show them? While real professionals do offer TFP (when it means a professional exchange of services), there is no such thing as a professional who only works for free, unless that professional is in the charity business.
Professional services for free? More often than not, it really is too good to be true. How much do you respect freebies? We often assign value to something comparable to what is invested into it. Now, for the record, I have known a few models and photographers who have build portfolios using TFP. This is the exception, rather than the rule. After it was all done, however, even these lucky few have stated that the process wasted a lot of time and caused a lot of headaches. If you want a professional portfolio it is more cost-effective to work with a professional and pay for the service. Any portfolio or tools worth having are an investment, and if you really need it done, prepare to pay for it.
I know of a few professional photographers who complain about other photographers doing TFP. Is it really a threat to the professional when they charge and others give away services? I would say no. If the false economy of TFP was really a threat, then TFP photographers would be swamped in work with professional models seeking them out. For some reason, this is not the case, and many TFP photographers are left begging for people to shoot with. You may wonder why this is, but I already know why. Perceived value and professionalism really do have weight, and most people have no respect for people who work for free and their work. In this case, perception is reality.

Web Based Model

The misconception: A web based model is one who has been turned down by agencies and who cannot make it in the modeling industry. Web based modeling is not modeling. Web based models don’t have professional pictures, and use web cam shots or pictures from TFP.
The consequences: There are too many people trying hard to separate web models from land based models. In their opinion, the only real models are the land based ones. This misconception tries to make any model who uses the Internet “web based”, and therefore unprofessional by default. After all, if they are getting work through an agency, why bother at all using the Internet?
The correct meaning: There really is none. The term “web based” is a derogatory term to make models who use the Internet seem less than professional. Most self-declared models who post web cam or amateur pictures on free portfolio networking sites or social networking sites are not really models, so the term really has no basis in fact.
The Internet is a tool. Using the web and tools such as professional web sites are only additional ways of marketing a modeling career. The use of the web does not define the career of the model.

Land Based Model

The misconception: A land based model is a professional model who is represented by an agency. Since they only do real work in their career, they have no use for the web, as their bookers get them lots of work.
The consequences: A term used by the same people who try to define models as either web based or land based. People who buy into this gross misconception end up believing that the agency way is the only way, which is incorrect. They become dependent upon model agencies, and their career suffers.
The correct meaning: The term should apply to all models regardless of them using the Internet or not. As such, there really is no correct meaning, as it is a fictitious term used to separate unprofessional web models from professional land models. There is no difference. You are either professional or unprofessional, and the use of self-promotion and marketing tools like the Internet really have no bearing on either.
The bottom line is that all models are “land based”. The use of the Internet does not define the model or their career. Models who book work both through agencies and their own efforts of booking work without an agency are the ones with the advantage.
I book a lot of work by contacting business contacts. I book a lot of work from my professional modeling web site. I book a lot of work through several agencies. I cover all of my bases. Does this make me a web based or a land based model? As you can see, the terms are stereotypes with no basis in fact. You will get out of your career what you put into it.
So, who out there is using these terms? Funny enough, it is the people on modeling message boards and portfolio networking sites. Since, in my experience, I have yet to book a professional, paying job off of such sites and most of the members are amateurs throwing around TFP, what does this say about the source of these terms? Why is it that I book lot of money using “land” and “web” channels and I cannot seem to find a single legitimate job on free portfolio networking sites?
I have a definition for you. Could it be the only web based modeling, as the term is supposed to mean, covers the very source of what started the term? In my opinion, modeling with amateur pictures on a portfolio networking site is web based modeling. Everyone else, as long as they make money as a professional model, regardless of how they market their careers, would be land based.
We’ll fine tune these terms with our upcoming lexicon.


The misconception: Guy With Camera. An amateur photographer who runs out, buys a camera, and declares themselves to be a professional.
The consequences: There are actually guys who get cameras just to meet pretty girls or to make money taking pictures. There is nothing wrong with making money taking pictures if someone see’s value in your work, but it you have to mislead someone to close a sale, then you have problems.
The correct meaning: Unprofessional photographer who often lies to get business. Most photographers who have hardly any experience but mislead others into thinking that they are more professional than they actually are. As you can guess, the fraud make this a scam and an outright crime. File under “D” for dumb and deceptive trade practices. File under “F” for fraud and felony.
Honesty will actually get you both respect and the assistance of professionals who can help you become a professional.
Most so-called professional photographers on portfolio networking sites are these Guys With Cameras. They feel that they have to fake it before they can make it, which is not the case. Many of these guys are insecure and very defensive, and I can see why.

Reverse Auctions

The misconception: A way for businesses to manipulate service rates and devalue markets.
The consequences: The negative misconception alone can make this look like it is a scam. It is not a scam. It not only works, but inspires competition and value. Many big, legitimate businesses use reverse auctions to get the lowest rates when they subcontract. Tampa Bay Modeling was the first in the world to introduce this professional practice to the modeling industry back in 2004.
Those who think that reverse auctions are scams show their business-ignorance and lack of research. Simply enter the term in any search engine and you will find that it is a legitimate business practice and it is perfectly legal.
The correct meaning: Reverse Auctions are just that. An auction in reverse, where the bidders try to offer services by underbidding the rates of their competitors. Normally, the lowest bid wins, but not always; it is up to the hiring party to pick what the best value is for them (although, in most business transactions where businesses have subcontractors bid in reverse auctions, the normal practice is hire the lowest bid).
Our new reverse auction system should be online next week, and it is free for professionals in the modeling industry to learn and use.

Tampa Bay Modeling is working on an online lexicon where terms and their correct definitions are published. It’s a start to educating those who should know but really don’t.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida








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