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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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Tampa modeling photography shootout issues and scams 1. Tampa modeling photography shootout issues and scamsRecounting history about a war with a group of Tampa photographers which was fought long ago and won, a new war begins to fight amateur shootout events and ignorance in the Tampa Bay modeling industry. Tampa Bay Modeling prepares to set the standard with a series of professional modeling and photography shootout events and workshops; our Tampa Shootouts.
Online education campaign 1a. Online education campaign
Shootout events 1b. Shootout events
Tampa Photography Society professional photography association 1c. Tampa Bay Photography Society Association
History: The Tampa Photography War 2003-2004 1d. History: The Tampa Photography War 2003-2004

The “model coach” and his May 2011 shootout 2. The “model coach” and his May 2011 shootout
Being invited and intentions. How lying = scam 2a. Being invited and intentions. How lying = scam
Amateurs pretending to be professional 2b. Amateurs pretending to be professional
Coaching, the “agent”, composition, and posing 2c. Coaching, the “agent”, composition, and posing
Children with a loaded gun 2d. Children with a loaded gun
Mean amateurs and the backlash against them 2e. Mean amateurs and the backlash against them

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By C. A. Passinault, Director of Tampa Bay Modeling

AMATEURS PRETENDING TO BE PROFESSIONAL

I sat for a few hours by the pool, talking to photographers who hung out with me, talking to the mother of the model, talking to my model and photographer friends on my phone, playing a game of Zelda: A Link To The Past (Don't ask. I always have video games on me, and in this case, it was a Gameboy Micro. All shoots have down-time, and this is something that I learned from experience; it's just that I did not expect there to be this much down-time. I was VERY happy that I had Zelda on me!), organizing my portfolio, going over contracts, and observing the shootout event as well as I could.
It really was interesting to watch, and to give my friends a play by play over the phone. The more that I observed, the more that I realized that these people, with the exception of the one commercial photographer, did not know what they were doing.
At one point, my new commercial photographer friend sat at my pool-side table, and exclaimed that there was a model there whom he refused to shoot. I asked him why. He said that it was because she insisted on looking at every single photograph that was taken of her, which interfered with the workflow. I told him that she was obviously insecure, and amateur. I had seen this model that he was referring to, also, and wondered what she was doing here to begin with. Did the organizer expect photographers to pay good money to attend a shootout event where they would take pictures of new models which would not be ideal for their portfolio? With the exception of the one model who unintentionally tipped me off about this shootout event a week before on Facebook, the model who had come with her mother, and a very talented petite swimsuit model named Jillian, the models were all amateurs. They, well, sucked. They were not worth taking pictures of, well, unless they paid a professional photographer to do so.
Oh, and that professional model who tipped me off? Although I did NOT go there with the intention of meeting her, she didn’t bother to show up, despite being the only model who would have been paid (I hope that the two other talented models realize that they should have been paid for their participation). How professional!
The “models” were amateur, too, in their conduct. I sat there for hours, and noticed models straggling in hours late. I couldn't believe it. Because I was banished outside, too, I wasn’t able to introduce myself, which led to problems later.
Some of those models did not know who I was, and just thought that I was some guy hanging around the shoot. As a result, some of them formed opinions based upon assumptions, and were giving me dirty looks. So, I had to introduce myself when they were not shooting. This rectified the situation, but it was still awkward.
Other than the commercial photographer, all of the photographers at the shootout event were amateurs, too, and it became obvious after watching them work. Shooting with a 70-200 lense in a studio setup with bad lighting? Running around shooting models with a tripod attached to a camera? I also saw, from my vantage point, which was later confirmed when I saw the pictures online, that the compositions of the pictures were bad. Are any of these amateur models going to benefit from working with amateur photographers?
Are you guys really making models, or are you making mistakes? Practice is great, as long as you have professional instruction. There was no professional instruction, or organized guidance, for any of the amateurs there. Those who practice mistakes only perfect mistakes. Also, amateurs working with amateurs is like the blind leading the blind.
No wonder I still get business, even after all of this mayhem is going on in the industry! These guys with cameras are no threat to my business, or to the business of any other professional photographer. I think that they know this, too!

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