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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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Monday, August 28, 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.

Selective Ignorance.


This is something that has been bugging me and it has to be said. Today, I will voice my opinion about selective ignorance in the modeling industry and why so many naive models seem to fall for obvious model scams, sleazy model photographers, lying model consultants, and unethical model and talent agencies in the Tampa Bay area.
The information is right here. It really is, and it doesn’t cost a cent! The models here at Tampa Bay Modeling work very hard to put information and career tools on this web site so models can become educated professionals and avoid being ripped off, misled, exploited, lied to, molested, or worse. There seem to be some out there who relish a life of ignorance, however, and it really is their fault if they get taken.
What is selective ignorance? Is it downright stupidity or professional negligence? Well, many of these models who are scammed are not stupid. They just don’t know any better. They don’t do their homework and blindly go through the industry hoping that they will be “discovered” and guided by professional people. While experience is always a good way to learn something, it can often burn you or hurt you badly if you really don’t know what you are doing. You simply cannot trust anyone in the modeling industry, either, until they have earned your trust. Many models who handicap their careers are new models who choose to be selective ignorant and who listen to the wrong people. Many of these people are only out to take the money from people who don’t know any better.
Are models really as stupid as the stereotype? Those that don’t bother to study and learn about the modeling industry are. While I personally don’t mind models who don’t want to learn a profession and limit their careers because it makes me look better as a model, as a professional I have to realize that ignorant models hurt the industry, help scams stay in business, and make it tougher overall to advance your career due to the stereotypes that are reinforced. This is why we work so hard on this site. We realize that by helping other models we are helping ourselves in the long run. I have little compassion and patience with models who avoid reading up on things that they should know simply because they are part of the model scam problem here in Tampa Bay. Stupid models who choose to be selectively ignorant and reckless in their careers keep model scams in business, and they are not only victims, but they end up supporting scams and unethical practices. If models were more responsible and invested a little time to learn and effort in their careers, the scams will be curbed and far more models would be saved.
You only get out of any career what you put into it. Avoiding dangers in the modeling industry really isn’t that difficult. The more that you know, the better off you are.
The next time that a model comes up to me crying about some model job bait and switch or that they were scammed, I’m going to ask them if they bothered to learn about what they were getting into before they went. If they tell me no, I’m going to tell them that it is their fault and they deserved what they got.
I strongly recommend that models take time to read from our site and learn from it. It will give you an advantage in your career over the stupid models who limit themselves by settling on only being represented by some model agency. There is so much more out there for models, and this is our gift to you.

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida

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