Tampa modeling photography shootout
issues and scams
Bay Photography Society Association
The Tampa Photography War 2003-2004
“model coach” and his May 2011 shootout
invited and intentions. How lying = scam
Amateurs pretending to be
the “agent”, composition, and posing
with a loaded gun
amateurs and the backlash against them
- TAMPA BAY MODELING - NEXT
A. Passinault, Director of Tampa Bay Modeling
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
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!
the “agent”, composition, and posing.
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