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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 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

TAMPA BAY PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY ASSOCIATION

My professional photography association, the Tampa Bay Photography Society, will become the best association in the Tampa Bay market for professional photographers. This market certainly needs it, especially when I keep catching photographers who are members of another photography association stealing content from my sites and using it in an attempt to compete with me (So much for professional integrity and accountability. I’m flattered that you acknowledge that I am better than you are in this business because you feel that you have to learn from me and steal from me, but really, how can you compete with me if you aren’t as good?). I have the same issues with graduates of a so-called photography school in the Tampa Bay area which floods the market with digital photography courses where you can supposedly earn a degree in digital photography in mere months (really, what did they learn from that school if they have to steal from me to run a photography business? Certainly not ethics. Also, if you only have months of training, it will show in your work; that’s not enough. Additionally, who in the hell wants to pay money to a bunch of instructors who are failures in their own photography careers and have to resort to teaching? What, you are going to learn their mistakes and mistake those as skill? It’s better to learn either on your own, developing your own style, or at least from working professionals.)!
So, this market needs a genuine professional photography association which will set the standard, and help maintain true integrity. The other photography associations are run a lot like a high school; their photographer members have described their meetings and the politics to me, and I’m like “Where in the hell is this going on? Why do you tolerate it?”. Well, it’s obvious people will settle for flaws if that is all that it available.
The Tampa Bay Photography Society will be very important for the professional integrity of photography in this market. We will be a network of professional photographers who will set the standard for the market.
The Tampa Bay Photography society began as the Round Table Photography Association in 2004, and consisted of myself (C. A. Passinault / Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Bay Photography and Design), Craig Huey, and Andy Meng. The roots go back even further, however; there was a need for it, and nothing good enough available at the time. The Round Table Photography Association was born out of controversy, and out of a fight with a shady photographer and his pawns. It was born as a result of the unethical activities of a Tampa Bay photographer who was, and still is, the worst con artist in the history of this market. To date, I’m the only professional photographer who has crossed paths with him and who has avoided being scammed by him, who has stood up to him, and has defeated him (compared to this guy, the current shady photographers whom I am dealing with today are nothing special). As a matter of fact, some of the most advanced scam fighting tools and technologies available today on my modeling and talent resource sites are a result of studying the schemes of this dirtbag, and countering them; allow me to elaborate on this a bit.
In 2003, a photographer posted a modeling job offer on Florida Models for teen models, where underage models would pose in provocative, and age-inappropriate, attire. Not wanting to see teen models exploited, I posted a warning about teen modeling scams on Independent Modeling, which was then two years old at that time, and was just beginning to find its stride. I looked up the photographer, noticing that he was a typical GWC (Guy With Camera) aspiring photographer who only did TFP/ TFCD (Time For Print/ Time For CD), and had yet to make any kind of business out of it (which is similar to what is going on now, eight years later, with another photographer, but I’ll get to that later). The “photographer”, if that’s what you could call him, did some very poor work; you can read more about this story, in greater detail, in my Tampa Photographer Blog post “Do I Hate Tampa Photographers?” (NOTE 07/28/13 - My dedicated domain blog no longer exists, so I removed the link. It will be republished on a new, advanced upcoming Tampa Bay Photography resource site in 2014. I will re link to it, then. In May 2012, I had some major web site issues, so many of my web sites were discarded and replaced with new ones, and several of my properties were re branded, which is why I am updating this article today. It took me well over a year to fix what was wrong. Read more about this in the August 2013 issue of Frontier Pop.).
At any rate, I looked at his work, and saw that he had recently worked with a model whom I had recently done a shoot with in downtown Tampa. So, I called the model up and asked some questions about him.
That would have been fine, except that the photographer was already well aware of Independent Modeling, had seen my warning post, and the model went back to him and told him that I was asking about him. That first part was a given, but what she had done was inexcusable. Here I was, trying to protect models, and a model proved to me that she could not be trusted. So, because she was an idiot, she set up a chain reaction of events which would lead to a major Tampa photography industry war a year later, and cause a lot of headaches.
The photographer was angry, and contacted me. He emailed Independent Modeling and wanted me to call him. So, I did. The photographer was nice to me, and insisted that the teen modeling project was not his, and that it was the project of a web master associate of his. We talked some more, and eventually he told me that he was setting up a photography association for photographers, and he invited me to get involved.

Always trust your gut instinct, because it is usually correct.

Against my better judgement, I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt, and give him a chance. I decided to see what he was doing with the photography association, although I went in being very cautious. The precautions proved to be a wise course of action.
The photographer gathered a group of other Tampa photographers together, and gave our photography association a name that was very similar to a nationally known one. I had issues with him trying to ride on the branding of another photography association, and I wasn’t the only one who questioned it.
This wasn’t the only issue.
Out of the group of eight of us, I was the only one who had been able to make a business out of modeling portfolio and talent headshot photography. The organizer knew it, and this niche market is one that he wanted to specialize in, too. Upon finding out what my rates were, he flew off of the handle, saying that my rates were wrong (said the amateur to the professional.... Seriously, consider the source when it comes to any opinion. Him telling me that my rates were wrong amused me, as I knew that he didn’t know what he was talking about, from experience or otherwise; he was an amateur who was misrepresenting his experience, pretending to be a player). I figured that he thought that my rates were too much. I was shocked when he told me that my rates were too low. He stated that “we” should be charging $1,200.00 for a modeling portfolio shoot, and that, as photographers, we should not even pull out our camera for less than $1,000.00 a shoot. I couldn’t believe it, and told him that those were commercial day rates, and that $1,200.00 was way too high for a modeling portfolio photography shoot. I told him that I wasn’t worth those rates, that he wasn’t, and that no one else in the Tampa Bay market could command those rates. It became obvious to me that he didn’t know what he was doing, and that he saw himself as some sort of rock star photographer and wanted to be able to charge those rates. I later found out from other photographers that he knew that he could not compete with my work, especially with the fair rates that my work was marketed at, and that he was saying that I would ruin the market by charging rates which were too low.
Except that my rates were appropriate, and they still are, as I know what I’m doing. It’s ironic that, all of these years later, that his rates for modeling portfolio photography are roughly in the same ballpark as mine are, if not less, and despite some work which is actually decent, he still isn’t booking! Imagine that. His work is now professional level (although how he got to where he is was completely unethical), and even with good work and agency referrals, he found out the hard way that he couldn’t sell portfolio photography services at commercial rates. He couldn’t do it. Right now, at the time of this writing, he is charging a “half day” at $350.00, and a “full day” at $500.00, which, if I worked by the hour, is less than what my rates are, and even though he is represented by multiple agencies, I still book more than he does (I sure hope that his commercial rates are not that low, though). It’s far less than what he originally wanted to charge, so I guess that reality hit him in the head. I suppose that his current rates are fair, well, that is if the model wants over-processed images that all look the same and are inappropriate for a modeling portfolio, and if they want some hyper photographer who looks like Fester sexually harassing them and making lewd comments the entire shoot. That’s now, though, and in the past, you got all of that unprofessional behavior and amateur-quality pictures! Then and now, he was never, and isn’t currently, any threat to my business. He knew it then, and knows it now, too.
Which is probably why he called me so much back then. He wanted lessons in business from the master, I gather from his actions.
It went on like that. He’d call me every day, asking me questions about the business, and for advice. He asked for lots and lots of advice. I gave him my opinions, as well as opinions that he didn’t want to hear. I told him that it was a bad idea to call our photography association a name that could be confused with another one, although the idea for a photography association was a good one, and that there was a need for a photography association in the market. He wanted to open up a studio location for our association, too, which we were all for.
So, the day came when we went into Ybor to look at our studio space. We were going to share it with the office space of a local magazine (There is an awesome story there, too, but I'll tell it later. Let's just say that, much later, the magazine owner emailed a bunch of people making the allegation that the photographer had stolen information out of this computer!). It’s there that, outside of the office, that the issue of modeling portfolio photography rates came up again, and we got into an argument about it in front of everyone. I told him that models would not accept, or allow, rates as high as he wanted, and that they would vote with their feet and not buy anything (history, and his current rates, proved that right, too). He lost it, and started ranting “F... models! We’re photographers, they do what we say, bla bla bla!”. Well, I had heard enough. Some of my best friends were models, and it was obvious to him that I was not only a photographer who was successful in doing what he wanted to do, but that I was looking out for models and their interests. I decided to walk away, as I realized that this guy was unethical, unprofessional, that he was a con artist, and that he was bad news. I didn’t want to be associated with him. I don't regret walking away, either, because I was right.

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