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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

Tampa modeling photography shootout issues and scams 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

THE GWC "MODEL COACH" AND HIS MAY 2011 SHOOTOUT EVENT

History, as we will find in our lives, tends to repeat itself. It’s ironic, in both my personal and professional life, that others tend to take the pathetic and cowardly way out and try to use slander and discrimination against me; sometimes a combination of both. Slander is the new discrimination. I’ve also found, though, that such underhanded tactics backfire. Well, not me, personally, but those who do this find out.
It’s ironic, too, regarding amateur, unethical photographers, that the same tactics and B.S. that I defeated eight years ago in the great Tampa photographer war of 2003-2004 are alive and well today, and are used by others, although in this case, the person doing it is nowhere near as good as the con artist photographer of yesterday.
That’s why I call this new shady photographer Short Bus.
Hey, I get along with other professional photographers quite well. Some of my best friends, such as top photographers Craig Huey and Andy Meng, are professional photographers, even though we are technically competitors. Thus, anyone who says that I have made a career out of smearing professional photographers whom I am in competition with is wrong. They'd like people to believe that! Sure, I like to win at this business, but I don’t want to win that way. I only want to win by being a better photographer, and there are lots of photographers out there, photographers who actually know me, who will agree with me. Frankly, I am honest and ethical, and I’m far more concerned about the integrity of the photography industry in Tampa Bay than in being number one in the market. If a photographer is professional and ethical, they have my support, even if they are better than I am at the business.
It’s the insecure, unethical amateurs that I have issues with. Other professional photographers should have issues with these people, too, if they care about their industry, as many of these amateurs are a cancer; they only want to cash out any way that they can, and they have no intentions of learning the business, playing fair, paying their dues, or becoming professional. I hate liars. Many of these people are liars, and they intend to either fake it until they make it, or make a career out of faking it, misrepresenting their experience, misleading people, and running scams. Many of these amateurs hurt people, exploiting people such as amateur models by convincing them to do risky work, and by doing things at the expense of others.
This is one such tale, and I encourage everyone to take heed of it. It happened in May, 2011, and I am still highly pissed off about it eight weeks later. Before I begin, and before you read the following, please read my earlier article about this, “Standards have dropped in the Tampa modeling industry”, as this is part two, and a follow up, of that article.
Done? Good. Let’s begin.
In early May, 2011, I was looking around on Fakebook and noticed a post on the wall of a public figure profile that a Tampa Bay model had set up for herself. I had been aware of this model for the past three years because she contacted Tampa Bay Modeling about being featured on the site. She was a very talented model, too, and I was impressed with her. At the time, in the fall of 2008, a lot was going on, so although I intended to get back to her, I never did (at the time, I wasn’t getting back to a lot of potential clients contacting me for shoots, either, as I was taking a break). I could only imagine how history would have played out three years later if I had been able to get into contact with her, because she probably wouldn’t have done what she did to set of a chain of events in May 2011. How? Well, I would have worked with her, she would have found out that I know the business better than even the agency owners that she is buddy-buddy with do, and she would have found out that she could trust me. I would have earned her trust, I’m sure. She’s smart, she would have learned some things about the industry, and she would have been more discerning about what she was doing.
That’s water under the bridge, though, because at this point, I’m probably not going to be working with her, and I could really care less. I am friends with the top models in Florida, I do not have any shortage of models (she’s good, but I would be doing her more of a favor than she would for me if I were to work with her. I can be picky with the models whom I choose to work with, and to be associated with), and it really doesn’t matter, especially after seeing, in my opinion, that she helped enable an amateur by giving him credibility. In my opinion, her actions are a glowing example of poor judgment and helping to promote what I consider to be a scam.
A scam? How can it be a scam?
A scam is anything that someone convinces another to do through deception. Anyone who lies, cheats, steals, and misrepresents themselves is a con artist, and therefor, a scam. In this case, in my opinion, we are primarily dealing with lying and misrepresentation.
Why in the hell do talented professionals enable unethical amateurs by helping them and giving them credibility? WHY?!?! (Everyone, please note: If any professional model out there associates with, helps market, and enables any scam or amateur project, I will lose respect for them and am far less inclined to work with them. I will boycott individual models over this, as I do not respect anyone who compromises for money. Double that if they do it for free!) Do they compromise because they need the work in a slow economy? When they obviously have no benefits by working with the amateurs other than a little cash in their pocket, why else do they do it? In this case, the amateur is an amateur photographer, a Guy With a Camera (GWC), his cheap camera boosted by the magical powers of a tripod that he lugs around as he shoots aspiring models (when I saw him running around with a tripod permanently attached to his camera, it reminded me of Linus, from the Peanuts cartoon, and his security blanket). When I first saw him waddling around with his phallic-like tripod protruding from his camera, I could almost see the magical sparkles from his tool. He was truly special, going around telling models that he could teach them, and that he wanted to shoot them for free. I’m sure that it was good for them, too! Hell, no wonder he likes to smoke! Models, don't you want to have an intimate after-shoot smoke with him? Was it as good for you as he thinks that it was (actually, I think not, as I haven't seen any models that he has worked with, even though most are amateurs, use his pictures in their online portfolio. Actions outshine words!)?
That sure is a big tripod, too, and it lends itself well to the proverbial third leg that insecure men fantasize about having. I’m sure that he is trying to compensate for something by using a big tripod. Hey models, look at my tripod. Isn’t it BIG? Don't you want me to shoot in... I-I-I mean, shoot you?
I need to get me one of those tripods. Maybe then I could become a professional photographer, and it would make my photography great. Seriously, though, in the eleven years that I have been a professional photographer leading the market and running a business in something as elite, and as tough, as modeling portfolio and talent headshot photography, I’ve never used a tripod (in all fairness, though, I have very steady hands and good hand / eye coordination. I credit my passion for video games, which I believe gives me an advantage as a photographer. I know a lot of good photographers who don’t play video games, though, and they don’t use tripods when they shoot models or portraits). I’ve never seen any other modeling photographer use a tripod, either, and I’ve been on a ton of commercial and magazine shoots. Sure, if you are shooting landscapes, or are shooting long exposures, use a tripod, but models? Give me a break! What, are the models statues? Models move, dammit, and so should you! My models don’t move as much when I photograph them, because I shoot using natural light on location (the best and most cost-effective way to shoot modeling portfolios, especially the commercial modeling portfolios that are the most relevant for the Tampa modeling industry. Look it up; I’m sure he will when he reads this, because he won’t know what I’m talking about), but if you are using a flash, such as an on-camera flash like this guy is using, you certainly do not need long exposures or a tripod!
Really, though, I think that the guy wants to be a photographer because he’s having a late-life crisis, and it’s probably the only way that he’ll ever get to be around attractive women. I’m sure that his wife is very happy with his hobby. Another photographer, the one that I call the jerk from the photography war, went through the same thing, I believe. In my opinion, he was fresh from a divorce, and in a late-life crisis, he decided to be a photographer. Although his work screamed “NEW GUY WITH CAMERA” when I first noticed him in 2004, he, too, made himself out to be far more qualified than I believe that he actually was. According to him, he was a photographer with 30 years of experience. His work looked more like 30 days of experience, though, and I remember once criticizing one of his modeling photographs that he shot in Hyde Park, and a few weeks later, it was magically fixed and re uploaded. Sure, I’m wrong, officially, but when someone reacts to your criticism by going out of their way and fixing what was wrong because they are worried that others will read what you wrote and notice, they are admitting that I was right. He knew that I was right, and I publicly schooled him.
Although Short Bus, the current guy with the camera, has work that looks every bit of the two years of experience that he claims that he has, he is no modeling expert or agent, and he needs to quit misrepresenting his experience.
At any rate, this isn’t about his skill or lack of skill with a camera, which is subjective at best and subject to opinion. I might not like his work, but others might, and there is nothing wrong with that. There are no absolutes in photography, and no absolute way of evaluating it; there is only better or worse as far as the relevance of its intended use. If you see value in his photography, by all means, go for it. Personally, other than a lack of composition, I don’t really see much of a problem with some of this work. He’s new, he’s learning, and I’ll leave it at that. He’ll get better. The issue that I have with him is, in my opinion, his lack of ethics and professionalism, and this is a character issue which probably will never improve. I also have an issue with his overall ignorance of the industry, his insecurity, his arrogance, and how he misrepresents his experience and what he has to offer, in my opinion.
Before I get ahead of myself, though, let me finish my exposition on here of how I came to know this person, what I was led to believe, what my experience was, and about what he is doing. I’ll expand on some of the points in later sections of this article.
When the model promoted the GWC photographer’s shootout event on her facebook wall, I looked at it and wondered what was going on. The photographer did not have a web site, and he wanted photographers to pay to shoot models. Besides pictures, was there anything else worth paying for, such as professional instruction? I asked questions about his qualifications, his web site, etc, and the model deleted my questions.
Wonderful. I love being censored.
It did not stop another good model from sending me a friend request on facebook, though. She saw my post before it was deleted, and told me that she liked that I was outspoken. You see, she had worked with him, too, and thought that he was a joke. At least, her complete disrespect for him was implied when she started forwarding me IM's from him begging her to shoot with him and she was laughing about it to me. Since then, MANY other models have complained about this idiot, too.
So, with no questions answered by the model, who was obviously embarrassed about her association with the photographer and his shootout events, I decided to call the guy and ask him some questions myself. I’d find out what was going on.
When I talked to the photographer on the phone, my first impression was that he was kind of slow. I thought “short bus” as I asked him questions, and he demonstrated that he didn’t really know what he was doing from his answers. I told him that I was a photographer, and in a long-winded drawl, he proceeded to give me way too much information about his shootouts. He was trying to sell me on the shootout event, and he was overselling himself by giving me information that his target market shouldn’t need to know. He told me that he had been doing photography for two years, which was accurately reflected in his mediocre work. His work fell far short of being professional.
I told him that I have been a professional, working photographer for the past eleven years. He told me that I was where he wanted to be (he told another professional photographer the exact same line, too!). He told me that he had been doing hundreds of shoots in the past two years with models that he had met through a portfolio networking site (an obnoxious modeling site which, in my opinion, has a perfect, and ironic, name. Thank you, T, for enabling the amateurs of the world to pretend that they are players in the industry!). I asked him if he had ever made money doing photography. He told me no, that he had not, but that he was confident in his work, and that he was working toward making it a business.
Well, I did not have any problem with that.
I also told him that I own the top modeling resource sites in the world, such as Tampa Bay Modeling. He was familiar with Tampa Bay Modeling.
Over the next few days, I talked to him some more. He seemed to be honest and a good guy. He portrayed himself as a guy in a dead-end career, who just wanted to become a professional photographer. It was his dream.
Again, I had no problem with that. As a matter of fact, if he had turned out to be as he portrayed himself to be, I’d the be the first one sticking up for him and defending his right to learn a profession and make a business out of it. I have no problem with competition, and have no problem helping my competition out, even if this guy was hardly competition.
It’s just that things are not as they seem to be, and, sometimes, it takes time to really tell what is what. Time tells all.

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