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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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Saturday, July 1, 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.

Should We Warn Them?

We have noticed certain "professional" models lately praising unethical photographers about their work and begging to work with them. While we could go out of our way and state the obvious, or rather, what should be obvious to these professional models, the question is should we? Should we contact these models and warn them that they are about to make a mistake?
We shouldn't have to tell anyone what is right or wrong. We shouldn't have to say bad things about anyone, even if there is proof that it is true (my opinion is that bad-mouthing anyone is unprofessional, so I really have to walk a tightrope and balance things when I have to voice my opinions about anything negative, as sometimes it is necessary and it is the lesser of two evils). In the case of at least two of these photographers, there is proof that they have sold images of models to escort services, 900 lines, and porn sites without the consent of the models involved. Most of these models had no clue about the intentions of the photographers or what the pictures would be used for. Many of these models are pissed off. They have a right to be. Sadly, though, few will do anything about it, and are afraid to stand up for their rights. Come to think of it, though, isn't prevention supposed to be far better than fixing an issue that could have easily been avoided in the first place? It would not have taken much effort on the part of the models to check out these guys and their references before working with them. Models who are either too stupid, too lazy, or too desperate to book work to look before jumping into something are partly to blame for what happens. Models who refuse to read the releases that they are working under or who work without a written agreement are reckless and deserve what they get.
So, the answer is no. We refuse to warn them. We refuse to state the obvious and make ourselves a target for liability. The tools and information needed to see these jokers for what they really are are easily available on this web site. These tools and information are available free of charge and are easy to use. We teach them how to do it. They simply must be professional about it and do what they have to do. In most cases, however, you could forget the tools, as it really comes down to simple common sense. We refuse to put ourselves at risk and help those who do not help themselves. Models must work on prevention rather than a cure for the problems that they cause by being professionally irresponsible. Should a model accept every paying job that is offered to them? While I shouldn't have to say what I think, I will. The answer is of course not! Good photography and paid work does not make it legitimate. As a matter of fact, some jobs that pay quite well do so at the expense of the career of the models that they use up. There always is a trade-off. This is why legitimate modeling jobs that pay well and help build the career of the professional model are precious and a little harder to find at the present time (which gives agencies leverage). Just remember that if it seems too good to be true, it most often is and must be investigated before the model puts themselves and their career at risk! This is a great reason why models should not do any nude, racy, sexy, or glamour work with any photographer unless they have worked with them before, they know them well, and the photographer has earned the trust and the respect of the model. I also recommend having an attorney involved with the releases and the contracts involved with such work- NEVER work without a release and booking contract, especially if the work can pose a risk to your modeling career! To my knowledge, some of the best paying "model jobs", such as teen modeling web sites, have destroyed the lives and the reputations of many models. The models were paid very well for selling out, and like most things that are too good to be true, they never last and the models keep paying the price long after the money stops coming to them. The money was great for a while, but in the end the models end up paying the price as the con artists seek out and use up new victims.
The irony is that those who lie, steal, and cheat always have what they do catch up to them. They delude themselves if they think that they are too smart to get caught doing their unethical and unprofessional practices. Since you are what you do and you are who you associate with, do you want to be associated with these people when their crimes catch up to them? When that happens, some victims may find themselves getting burned twice for making professional compromises simply by being connected to these people. I surely would not want to be in the portfolios or in the books of these people.
One more thing. If any agencies out there are representing these characters and are referring models to them, I'm here to tell you that you are sell-outs and are playing games with your professional reputation and maybe even your modeling agency (Florida State Statute 468.412 Talent agency regulations (7) No talent agency may send or cause to be sent any person as an employee to any house of ill fame, to any house or place of amusement for immoral purposes, to any place resorted to for the purposes of prostitution, to any place for the modeling or photographing of a minor in the nude in the absence of written permission from the minor's parents or legal guardians, the character of which places the talent agency could have ascertained upon reasonable inquiry). That's my professional opinion. Do you wonder why more and more models lose faith in modeling agencies and do not trust them? Sometimes, model and talent agencies do not have the best interests of the models that they represent in mind. It doesn't matter to me, though, as what will happen to the local agencies in 2007 will be something that they deserve. I won't lose any sleep over them losing business, and they will only have themselves to blame when more and more of them realize that the business that they are losing out on is going to the models that they find themselves competing with. Some people will be forced to clean up their acts or they will find themselves out of business, and I'm beginning to think that this would be a good thing for the professional integrity of the modeling industry.
Will enabling models to find good jobs on their own help change all of this? I think so. When good jobs are easier to find and attitudes about working without an agency become more enlightened, the temptation to make compromises will be greatly reduced. Empowering models and making jobs more plentiful are the best way to fight model scams and professional conflicts of interest, and these steps will do the most damage to those who do not have the best interest of models in mind.
Most have no clue to what is coming. I have seen a glimpse of the future, and it is a bright one for models. Great things are beginning to happen, and it is about time!

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

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