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
pretending to be professional
the “agent”, composition, and posing
Children with a loaded gun
amateurs and the backlash against them
- TAMPA BAY MODELING - NEXT
A. Passinault, Director of Tampa Bay Modeling
WITH A LOADED GUN
photographer who tries to get new models to do
high-risk work, such as boudoir, modeling in risque bikinis and swimwear,
modeling in lingerie, and who makes them pose provocatively does not know
what they are doing, and should be avoided (Either that, or they do know
what they are doing and are purposely trying to exploit and take advantage
of the model). They will cripple the marketability of the models whom
they work with!
During this amateur shootout event, the new models were doing this kind
of work with a group of amateur photographers who were making obvious
Photography is permanent, and when you photograph models, or people,
you are dealing with their likeness, which is valuable. Pictures are forever,
and they cannot be undone. Once pictures are on the Internet, regardless
of how they are protected, no one has any control over them, or how they
will be used.
This is why photography and modeling needs to be taken very seriously.
Sure, high-risk modeling work and photography are a legitimate part of
the industry, but they are for professionals only! Amateurs have no business
attempting such work because it can cripple their career! If you are new
and don’t know what you are doing, don’t even try it.
Watching those amateur models and photographers work at that shootout
event, they reminded me of children playing with loaded guns. It’s
dangerous because they do not know what they are doing, cannot comprehend
the risks, and people can get hurt.
Well, I’m pretty sure that some of them did hurt their, ahem, "careers",
especially the ones who were rude to me without checking out the facts.
Ahem..... Take the two-month model, the friend of the new photographer,
who was rude to me. She wrote on her freebie social media/ portfolio networking
site profile "My
name is xxxxx. I am passionate about the modeling/acting idustry. I truly
believe a photo can say a thousand words and I love to be photographed
because that is when I feel I can express myself and where I can feel
confident. I have some experience and am looking to get a whole lot more.
I want to break through in this industry (like everyone else) but I love
the competition. I would love to collaborate with some amazing artists
out there!". Well, you know what? You
need to research people before you piss them off. The good thing about
all of this is that I cut through the usual B.S., because she didn't know
who I was (If she had, she would have be fake with me, and would have
kissed my ass because she would be hoping that I would work with her),
and I saw her true character. She has an attitude, and I do
not see her as a professional, nor do I ever see her "breaking through"
in MY INDUSTRY! I will never work with her, she will never
be featured on any of my modeling resource sites (all of which are at
the very top of anything to do with modeling in the Tampa Bay market in
search engine results - I have more power than the agencies do at this
point to make or break the career of any model), and I will never consider
her for any of my modeling jobs. As far as I'm concerned, she's done.
She will never be able to compete with real professional models who are
my clients, and who invest in professional portfolios and marketing tools
from my company. Go ahead, "model", you continue
working with amateur photographers, and see where that gets your career
(and even if you actually go out and invest in a professional modeling
portfolio from a qualified professional modeling portfolio photographer,
DON'T CALL ME, as there isn't enough money in the world to inspire me
to help you, and good luck finding a photographer, especially in this
market, who can do what I can do! There are only three others, and none
of them own my modeling sites, or have all my connections and resources.
You see, I'm in the position to be picky, even when money is involved.
You need me a lot more than I need you, no matter how much that you want
to pay me. Also, I'm at the point in my career where I can turn down working
with the best models, and I don't work with anyone who is ethically questionable,
or who is associated with anyone of questionable character. It's not enough
to be a good model; you have to be smart, and you have to have professional
integrity. I cannot stand models who compromise, like the model who was
promoting the shootout event on her Facebook profile. I only work with
the best, and I've earned that right. I also do not compromise).
GOOD LUCK! You've already made a career-killing mistake by the way that
you behaved around me, because of all of the photographers and modeling
industry professionals in this market, I'm the one who could have helped
you the most. You are going to find that out, too. The professional models,
the ones with all of the experience and contacts, are smart enough to
behave appropriately around me. When an amateur model is rude to me, and
they piss me off, they are done; the cool thing is that I don't have to
go out of my way to do anything to them, either, and I don't. I simply
refuse to work with them now, tomorrow, and I-don't-care-how-many-years-it-is
in the future. There are models who pissed me off over ten years ago who
I still refuse to work with, and most of them are not even in the industry
anymore (with the average shelf life of a model only being a few years,
anyway, I can wait. They cannot). I really do not hold grudges, nor am
I vindictive, but I remember. With so many other professional models out
there, too, I limit my risks, and I can be picky.
and the backlash against them.
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