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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.

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


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


Tampa Bay Modeling and our other sites will be educating people about unethical, unprofessional, and inappropriate modeling photography shootouts in the Tampa Bay area involving models and photographers. Some of these events are modeling scams, too, which makes them especially dangerous. Can it be a scam if it’s free? Of course it can! Do you think that money is the only thing that can be taken from you if you are ripped off? Everyone always has a motive, or an agenda, especially if it’s free or “for charity”, and in those cases, the motive or agenda is hidden, and they mislead you (scam you/ commit fraud) to convince you to work with them. How about professional integrity, or undermining your career because someone exploits you with something permanent like photography? A scam is anything done through deceptive means (defined as a deceptive trade practice by the Federal Trade Commission and by common sense, and it’s a scam regardless of if it’s an exchange of money or services if it was marketed and arrived at through deceptive means. If they have to lie to you to get you to do whatever it is that they are pitching, their credibility is in question, and you cannot trust them; they would be a SCAM. Like any professional relationship, without trust, you cannot do anything with them; there is no working relationship), and if the people behind it are not honest, that would make them a scam. It would also make them unethical and unprofessional; con artists who can do nothing for the career of anyone.
It’s more than just scams, too. It’s ignorance. You have people out there who are doing these shootout events who portray themselves as experts when they have no clue about what they are doing. As a result, mistakes are made as they profit at the expense of others. If you get involved with them, you will pay for their mistakes. If they don’t know what they are doing, can they really do anything for your career?
Of course, it makes it an even worse crime when amateur, new models are convinced to do high-risk work which can cripple or destroy their careers before they even begin. If you are a new model, you have no business modeling in skimpy bikinis, lingerie, modeling without your clothes on, modeling boudoir, doing fetish work (this includes modeling parts of the body, such as feet, which may seem innocent, but the final use and purpose makes it exploitive when it is taken out of the advertised context. It also includes inappropriate things such as model wrestling videos, of which we’ve seen such offers at least twice in the past nine years), or doing so-called “sexy”, provocative poses. If you are an underage teen, you especially have no business doing any of this, even if it pays and it is “legal”. A 15 year old posing in a T-back or in lingerie? If you don’t see anything wrong with this, you need to stay away from modeling, because you are either too stupid to make it in this business, or you have compromised your judgement because you see dollar signs. High-risk work is for professional, adult models only, and you really have to have experience and know what you are doing to make it work for you. You also have to accept that it will lock you out from most modeling jobs. High-risk work will limit, or even cripple, your marketability as a mainstream model, and it will cost you jobs. Modeling is a visual form of marketing, and the face, body, and likeness of the model has value, and must be respected and protected. If you have work out there which conflicts with the image that a modeling job upholds, they are not going to book you, and will instead book a model who is safer and less of a risk to their professional image. If you were a well-known business, would you want a model who has tacky pictures all over the Internet represent your product or service to your market? What happens if your customers see the other work that the model who has their face all over your advertisements has done, and they associate you with that? Pictures are forever, and nothing can undo them. Once they are out there, even the copyright owners cannot control how they will be used; they cannot ever take them back, either. Can they really stop users from downloading pictures, trading them, and using them for purposes in which the model never intended, or approved of?
Anyone, especially someone claiming to be a “model coach” who shows models how to further their modeling careers, who sells models on high-risk work either does not know what they are doing, or doesn’t care. Either way, you cannot trust them, and they will not be able to help your career! Besides, can anyone really help your career when they have yet to build what they claim to do into a paying career?
Tampa Bay Modeling and my other talent resource sites have had an incredible success rate in changing things in the industry over the past decade, so if anyone out there is doing something that they should not be doing, you can expect things to get really, really hard to do. After all, we were here first, we know what we are doing, and we have references from PROFESSIONAL, real, experienced models. They answer to us. You’re welcome!

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