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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

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

HISTORY: THE TAMPA PHOTOGRAPHY WAR 2003-2004

He continued to call me every day, and I began to ignore him. One morning, he called me and woke up my girlfriend, who was a model and was fully aware of who he was and what he did. She didn’t like him. She got on the phone, messed with his head, went into great detail about what we had been up to, and he freaked out. She and I discussed it, had a good laugh, and went back to sleep. He then went around telling people that I was unethical because I “slept with models”, which implied something that was completely different than what was really going on. You see, at this point in time, I didn’t know any women who were not models (and I still really don’t; I’ve been working and, off and on, living with models for over a decade now). Although I did not get into the modeling industry to date models, and I did not become a photographer to date models, I avoid dating models if at all possible because I have to also work with them. Sometimes, however, you meet a special woman and everything clicks on a personal level. By default, only knowing models made it a certainty that my girlfriends would be models (I’ve had six girlfriends in the last ten years, all of whom were models. At least one of them was a celebrity. They all have been gifted, too, which makes them compatible with me. I’ve dated some of the most beautiful women in the world, and the beauty was irrelevant because they were not only beautiful on the inside, but we connected and had a relationship). Dating any model for me is the exception rather than the rule, and a very small percentage of models whom I’ve worked with become personally involved with me on that level; I take these situations, very, very seriously, and am careful about taking those kinds of risks. There is nothing sleazy or unethical about it. More often than not, though, a majority of the models whom I work with become friends with me, as I get along with them quite well. I’m not fake, and I can be trusted, and models come to realize this. They also come to realize that I know what I’m doing, and no one, not even the agencies, know the business and the industry like I do. Hell, I helped create much of the current industry, especially in the Tampa Bay market.
I think that the reason that he was so upset it that he wanted to be me, and tried too hard to do what came naturally to me (Don’t you hate it when people try to be like you and they try too hard to be cool? People who are insecure and who don’t know who they are, and/ or who don’t be themselves, are pathetic. You either are, or you aren’t. There is no try. You just do it by default, and it is a natural benefit of what you do and how you act, and it is never the goal itself). His motivation was money and bedding beautiful women, often at the expense of them, and things that he felt entitled to, even if it was undeserved. My motivation was professional photography and doing everything ethically. He treated women as objects, and anything went as far as he was concerned; he didn’t care who he hurt, and he lied, cheated, and stole to get what he wanted. I treated women as people, developing professional relationships with them, and was very careful about what I did as a photographer because I respected the art form and did not want it to hurt anyone. I also fully comprehended the power of photography, and understood the risks involved. Additionally, unlike him, I was honest.
As far as I know, his plans to use photography to pick up women failed, as no model wanted anything to do with him personally, as he was a crass dirtbag. As for me, I was no dirtbag, and often models who were interested in me personally ended up lost on the wayside personally because I was too busy doing a good job as a photographer and working. I avoided dating models when I could, and the most that most of them can hope for is friendship, as I’m picky, am all about relationships, I’m a true romantic, and I’ve never been a one night stand kind of man.
My girlfriend smiled. She pressed her nose against mine. She looked me in the eye. “Chris, why do you take calls from that idiot?”
Pity, perhaps?
Well, my girlfriend was the first to put him in his proper place, and soon, I would have to do that, too.
At that point, it became interesting. He realized that I wasn’t going to work with him or play his game, so his true intentions became clear. He stole meta tags off of my web sites. He stole composite card pricing formulas off of my photography and design business web site, and then turned around and used my information, plagiarizing my content and using it to convince other photographers to work with him. Why did he want other photographers to work with him? Well, you see, it was a continuation of the same plan that he had when he tried to get me to work with him. He was out to scam other photographers, and set out to learn from them while stealing anything that he could from them. The prominent Chicago-based photographer who he lured in with my comp card business information? Well, they ended up creating a composite card business around my stolen information. In the end, though, they couldn’t make it work because, well, it wasn’t originally his concept, and he did not comprehend the mechanics behind the concept. In the end, the business failed because he ripped off the other photographer. He ripped off others, too.
The photography association, a great idea, failed because it was a scam. The photographer would get all of these photographers to work with him, and he would copy what they did, learning the business that way, while stealing clients and other things from them. In late 2003, I received a mysterious mass-email from the magazine publisher whom shared studio space in Ybor with the photographer and his photography “association”. The publisher claimed that the photographer went into his computer and stole all of his contacts, and then spammed them with advertisements (today, unauthorized access to computer systems and theft of private information is a felony. I’m not sure what it was back then, but regardless, it is highly unethical, and is yet another demonstration that the photographer had flaws in his character which made him unprofessional, as well as completely untrustworthy. The irony was that he was the one preaching “integrity” all of the time, and his actions betrayed his words). The publisher denounced the photographer, and kicked him out of the studio. The photographer rented studio space elsewhere in Ybor.
His photography “association”, too, had a lot of turnover. Photographers would move their business in the studio. The photographer would then access their computers, study their business, learn how to do photography from them, and steal everything from their business strategies to their clients! There were more than a few photographers who were scammed and run out of business over this.
The photographer proved to be a gifted con artist and a natural salesman, though. He was able to convince people to work with him. Although I continued to fight him and ran a lot of interference with his schemes, I was the only one who stood up to him, as far as I know, other than the magazine publisher. He also did not give up. As a result, he made a business out of scamming other photographers.
He became a better photographer, too, not through talent, which he had little of, but through determination and copying the work of other photographers. With little originality, he made a career out of emulating other photographers, and his work became good in the eyes of the uneducated.
What annoyed me, too, was that he managed to obtain representation from several talent agencies. This made me question the ethics and the integrity of those agencies, as they knew that he was unethical and unprofessional.
Around Christmas of 2003, the photographer called me one last time.
He had moved his studio to South Tampa. Some models had complained about him making lewd remarks to them during shoots (i.e. “You look so hot, you turn me on. I want to j**k off to these pictures later”), another model complained to me that he tried to get her to pose without her clothes, I heard a story from another, also-reputable source that he had two 16 year old models posing provocatively in their underwear (which prompted at least one photographer to leave the studio in disgust, and in fear of getting arrested for activities that the main photographer was doing. I also quit working with one of the 16 year olds over the fiasco, and her parents were not pleased about their daughter’s bad judgement). Also, there were stories about him offering so-called free shoots, and then turning around and selling people pictures that they never originally agreed to buy as he pulled a bait and switch, which made it a deceptive marketing tactic, and therefor a scam.
So, I published a warning on Independent Modeling about unethical photography and photography scams in a studio in South Tampa.
He called me up that very day, and asked for me to remove the warning post. I asked if it was him that he thought that the post was referring to, and told him that the post would remain until it could be proven false, which I was positive would not be the case (I would not have published it if I had any doubts, or lacked evidence to support it). He threatened to get his lawyer involved. I told him to go right ahead, and that the post would remain up. He was upset, and then tried to be nice to me in an attempt to convince me to remove the post. I would not.
That’s the last time that I would talk to him, but not the last that I would have to deal with him and his B.S. No attorney ever contacted me, however, which was as expected.
There were two fights with models that I had because of him, however.
The first was with a model who he had stolen from another photographer, a model who was an idiot and who was easily misled. Her name was Krystal. In early 2004, I was working on a project, and was looking to book models into the project. The model, who was quite stunning as far as her look, submitted her information and some pictures to me for consideration. The pictures did not look too great, though, and I asked her for more. I talked to her on the phone about it. I suggested a few photographers who she could shoot with to give her pictures that she could book jobs with, including the photographer who she had originally worked with before she was stolen from him. The model told me that she loved my work and that she was dying to do a shoot with me. I told her that I was too busy for a collaborative shoot at the time (all of this was the truth, too, as I was very busy booking modeling portfolio shoots at the time. Only recently, in 2013, have I been able to figure out how to fit this in and balance it out with my business, and it isn't doing a one-on-one shoot. It was a tough puzzle!), but that I would consider working with her when I had the time. I stressed, though, that although I’d try to consider her for the project, that she probably would not book it with inappropriate pictures, especially ones which all had the same over-processed look. She would need new pictures.
Well, unknown to me, he had shot those pictures. The model whined to him about it, and then after he told her a bunch of lies about me, she ranted in an email to a photographer who I was friends that I was an “amateur who used consumer cameras”, and that my work “sucked”, and that she “would never work with me”. My photographer friend forwarded me the email, and both he and I had a good laugh. If she wanted to believe what the con artist told her, well, it was her loss, and not mine. It was funny about how she told me one thing and then said the opposite after she got mad at me. I later found out that the model began abusing drugs and modeled on adult web sites, the latter ruining her modeling career.
The second incident was a couple of months later, in early 2004. In 2002, I had a calendar shoot in downtown Tampa with a group of four models. It was supposed to be five. One of the models was a "professional" league cheerleader who pulled a no-call / no-show, which was rare for me to experience then, and is still rare for me to experience today. Annoyed at the unprofessionalism of the delightful model, I posted her first name in a bad models section on Independent Modeling, explaining in the post about a cheerleader from Tampa who pulled a no-call / no-show. Well, in 2004, she worked with the con artist photographer, taking pictures in various states on undress in his trademark yellow lighting that he used in all of his pictures at the time. Well, color being off or not, he was getting better..... at getting women to take off their clothes, at least! It’s funny how many women out there have self esteem issues and feel that they have to allow people like him to exploit them in a permanent format such as photography so that they can feel desired and “sexy”. Some people should never be allowed around cameras, for sure. (I once saw a self portrait of the con artist photographer on Myspace where he was without HIS clothes in front of a computer, so I have to wonder about the uses that those pictures had after the shoots. He can’t have the models while he takes pictures of them, so he probably makes himself believe that he has them when he violates their pictures on a computer. It’s quite disgusting, really; I’d never buy a second-hand computer that he had, because it would probably be the case, literally! It's unethical and nasty)! During the shoot, he told her that I had posted about her on Independent Modeling, well, because he was obsessed with my modeling site and everything that I did, and he knew about it. She got pissed off and emailed me, threatening me with her attorney, and that I had “slandered” her and the sparkling image of her cheerleading career. I told her that it’s not slander if it’s true. I also told her that if her professional image was important to her, that she shouldn’t have done the kind of photographs that she did with him (she never brought him up, but a quick search confirmed my suspicions that she had, indeed, worked with dirtbag, and that he was behind her anger toward me. Those pictures were also all over the Internet!). Well, once again, the lawsuit never materialized, and a year later, the squeaky clean cheerleader model was arrested in Ybor for possession of drugs and an attempt to dispose of evidence. Such nice role models there for the young people of America! You are what you do, dear. I suppose that the no call/ no-show was an indication of her character. Idiot. No wonder she was so defensive. It’s called insecurity.
At any rate, war was about to begin. It would get worse before it got better.
In 2004, Andy Meng, Craig Huey, and myself formed our own professional photography association, the Round Table Photography association. The con artist photographer began getting better at photography, and began to get more clever about luring in photographer victims and ripping them off. His turnover decreased, and soon, he had a little group of other amateur photographers working out of his studio with him.
One day, I was on One Model Place’s message board, and I saw one of his photographer partners dispensing bad modeling advice to people on there. Concerned that the opinionated photographer was luring in naive models to the studio where the con artist photographer could scam them, and speculating that the photographer was shady just because he had been working with the dirtbag for a while, I disagreed with him in a post countering his.
This was the beginning.
The opinionated photographer, whom I will refer to as late-life crisis jerk, or jerk for short, did not like that I dared to counter what he had posted. Instead of sticking to the topic, however, especially since he couldn’t beat me in any kind of debate, he resorted to an underhanded tactic. He tried to attack my credibility, instead.
He followed me around on the message boards, and began posting as soon as I posted somewhere else about my photography association.
He demanded to know who I was. He stated that, because he couldn’t find out where lived, that I was not a legitimate professional photographer. He said that people, like models, that he talked to did not know who I was.
I wasn’t about to allow him to goad me into playing his game by “proving” that I was a professional photographer, and told him that he needed to try to debate with me by sticking to the topics at hand instead of trying to attack my credibility.
Regarding the other allegations, I replied that his "models" did not know who I was because I only worked with professional models. I then asked how he could be a legitimate professional photographer when the photographers whom he worked with in the studio were questionable at best.

So, the jerk went to the con artist, the con artist told the jerk and the other photographers all lies about me, and the next thing that I knew, I had a gang of four photographers out of that studio trying to harass me online. They all tried to attack my credibility.
I decided to give them a taste of their own medicine. I got Independent Modeling involved, and models began to write the site about shady photographers working out of Ybor. A photographer war was underway.
Although I never labeled the jerk to be a scam of any kind, which he claims that I did to this day, I did question his integrity because of whom he associated with. The plan was to embarrass the photographers so that they would abandon con artist in the studio, and the campaign was well underway; essentially, while fighting them, I would save the pawn photographers from themselves. Like Tampa Bay Modeling today, Independent Modeling dominated the search engine results back then for the Tampa modeling market (Therefore, models who claimed that they did not know who I was were either illiterate idiots who did not use search engines, or were lying). Independent Modeling was extremely powerful. I had a lot of readers, and the photographers soon found that out.
The photographers were vastly outnumbered by my models, my photographers, and my readers, and the growing number of people who were forming negative opinions about them. The photographers enlisted a small gang of their message board friends on OMP, and they started posting a lot of slander about me.
What the OMP gang did not know was that I was in negotiations with the site to write, and publish, modeling information on the site. Upon seeing all of the B.S. being posted about me and about the information on Independent Modeling on the message boards, where they tried to discredit the information and slandered me with allegations of being a criminal, I told OMP that their site users were not ready for the content that I could provide. The posts continued. I especially loved the posts from the fetish model who called me a Svengali and who declared that one day the law would catch up to me and make me pay. Is that the best that some people can do? Why accuse me of being a criminal when I’m not, especially when those whom accuse me of such things are the ones who are guilty of crimes themselves?
Hey, slander is the new discrimination (I’m going to write an entire issue on this subject on Frontier Pop, soon, once I catch up on work and I am able to work on the site again). People won’t try to debate with you or compete with you if they cannot win, especially if they lack integrity. They’ll look for dirt on you, and if they cannot find it, they will simply make things up to try to discredit you so that people “won’t listen” to you. It doesn’t work, although I’ve had pathetic losers over the years resort to such underhanded tactics, because that’s the best that they can do.
Whatever. The attacks were amusing, at the most. Especially a fetish model trying to take me to task, which failed miserably. Don’t look in my eyes, fetish model! I’m a Svengali, remember? I might hypnotize you and brainwash you as I assimilate you into my drone-like army of mindless models.
Actually, though, I’m not interested in raising an army of mindless models. I do not like followers or ignorant people who refuse to learn the business and think for themselves. I like models who know what they are doing and who think for themselves. I like professionals who have a backbone and who stand up for what they believe in, alone if they must. The kind of people that I’m into, and the kind that I support, are hardly the ideal candidate for anyone who will allow themselves to be manipulated or controlled, which is another lie that I am often accused of. I want people to be independent and to think for themselves. I have no desire to control anyone. Why are such independent people who think for themselves such a threat to people like you? The only people who seem to have a problem with what I do are the ones who want to control others, often at their expense. Con artists and insecure amateurs don’t get along with me, and you don’t have to think too much into it to figure out why. It’s because I don’t compromise my ethics or integrity, and I am not a con artist or a criminal. I’m real, and I know what I am doing. Do you guys?
I can understand why the bald fetish model lady went out of her way to defend her friends, but seriously, she, or it, was on the losing side, and hardly realized it. Aren’t alternative models like her supposed to be open-minded? Oh, that’s right, that’s just a line that they say to make themselves look cool and to make them feel better about their shortcomings. After all, people have no right to judge you if you supposedly don’t judge anyone, and it’s a natural defense. If anyone judges you for deviant behavior and for defining your life on superficial things that you spin as creative art, they are wrong. Your actions betray your words, though, and you are a self-deluded hypocrite. It’s such a double-standard. You can judge and condemn others for doing the right thing, and for being the real deal, but they are wrong if they call you as you are. They can do whatever they want to, regardless of how questionable it is, and they are always right, while you are always wrong.
At any rate, the fetish model and the others were powerless to stop me, or discourage me from doing the right thing. They were nothing, and continue to be (and, yes, I’m even pointing at you, Dan. You might be a decent commercial photographer, but you are a mindless follower and a moron for contributing to such idiotic, online mob justice. The fetish model once stated that she’d tell me what she thought about me to my face if she ever had the chance, and I’d like to see that. You cowards would sulk and scurry away back into the shadows without your online message board gang to back you up, as I told you what I thought of you to your face, and you’d all whimper and back off, unable to counter anything that I said, or come back at me. Cowards! It’s been seven years, but I won’t forget.)
With lots of letters being published on Independent Modeling about the photographers and their friends, and lot of opinions being voiced, the war escalated.
The photographers planned to sue me for slander, although I never actually slandered them, and the evidence that I had lent itself to me having a strong slander case against them if I chose to pursue it. They had been slandering me, openly, online, and the most that I had done is raise questions about people who may or may not have been them.
They might have been planning to sue me, but something tells me that their attorney told them that they did not have much of a case, and even in the unlikely case that they won some sort of judgement against me, they would have had a difficult time collecting. How do I know this? Because as soon as Tampa Bay Modeling launched, it had a message board, and they began a harassment campaign on the message board. Do you think that they would do these things, which would jeopardize a legal case, if they actually had one pending? The con artist photographer, who had tricked everyone into ganging up on me, posted on the Tampa Bay Modeling message board that I was giving everyone a terrible name with my “blasphemy”, and that word was getting around fast, and that no one wanted to work with me because I was so outspoken. Well, if that was true, then why did I continue to work, and why did I work more than they did? The only “word” that was getting around was the con artist making stuff up about me and slandering me to the few people that he was around, and no one took him seriously (ah, and history does tend to repeat itself). Additionally, anyone trying to do a smear campaign against me will find that I have them outgunned as far as having a voice. I own over 60 top web sites, and I have the dominant voice. If you want to get into a screaming match with me, go for it. I hope that you have a lot of time and money. They will whisper lies about me to the few that they can reach, and thousands will hear the truth about them, as well as my opinions. Let’s not go there, either.
Everyone who has stepped to me and disrespected me has wound up, figuratively, knocked down on their ass. I fight, and I fight for what I believe in. I believe in what I do, and I not only know what I am doing, but I have the experience to back myself up. Do you?
If I’m going to be hated, I’ll be hated for doing the right thing. That’s perfectly fine for me, because those who would hate me for doing the right thing prove their ignorance, and are professionally useless. I also have all of the leverage because of my business and support resources, as well as a network of widely-read web sites which give me power and credibility, ensuring that I have the first, middle, and last words on anything. No one else has the voice that I have. No one else has my online presence, and the ability to tell it how it is while remaining unaffected by the consequences that others try to impose upon me.
The slander being used to attempt to discredit me, and the slander being used to discriminate against me, is going to stop. First, I have new measures in place to ensure that such unethical tactics will backfire. Secondly, there is going to come a time when I’m going to start suing people who have violated my rights. Go ahead, and tempt fate. Quit while you are behind. I don’t slander anyone, yet people think that I do and that it gives them a right to slander me. The difference between what I say and what they say is that not only do I have a louder voice, but what I say is the truth. I also back up my opinions with evidence and great points, Ponder that, cowards.
The bottom line is that if anyone wants to sue me for exercising my freedom of speech, they certainly can try. That’s a pathetic way of trying to win a debate, and it is a loser’s way of censorship. Just let it be known that it works both ways, and something tells me that I’d have a stronger counter suit, as my opponents seem to make a lot more mistakes than I do. I’d recommend not going there, unless you want to lose. Also, when you lose, and I win a judgment against you, it will be well-publicized, and everyone will know about it.
So, four photographers and their friends ganged up on me. It did not work.
It ended well, though.
The photographers seemed to be thoroughly embarrassed by their association with the con artist photographer, and their online harassment against me on the Tampa Bay Modeling message board seemed to be born of frustration, and it was the breaking point. I thought about it, and realized that I did not want to give the con artist photographer the satisfaction of knowing that he got the jerk and the others to fight me. The fight was between him and I, and not these other photographers. They were never the target (although the jerk is a jerk. What can I say?)
So, I decided to start to talk, and to end the conflict. I called up the photographer who was the smartest, and we talked. I met him and the jerk photographer for lunch in Ybor to talk over our differences. I had Shane, my friend and Internet security expert, join us.
The smart photographer was actually a cool guy, and I felt bad that he had been dragged into this war. The jerk, though, whined and complained through the entire meal, telling me that I had “offended” a “lot of important people” in the industry. Was he referring to Dan the commercial photographer, the bald fetish model, and their mindless online message board minions? Whatever. The jerk finally settled down, and later, the smart photographer apologized for the ranting of the jerk photographer.
For all intents and purposes, though, the war was over, at least between myself and the photographers who were caught in the middle. The jerk emailed me a year and a half later after getting in an online message board argument with one my photographer friends. He called me a coward and blamed me for putting the other photographer up to it (which I did not do). He also stated that he believed that he had won the war, and that I had run away and called for a truce. Whatever he wanted to believe was fine with me. It didn’t matter. I’d just let him continue to think that, if it made him feel better. We all knew the truth.
The jerk also posted on a message board after the war that my photography association was a group of photographers who had “made a career” out of slamming him for his past associations. Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we made a career out of doing anything to him, as he was hardly that important, but you are whom you associate with. Was he feeling guilty, perhaps? I have actively fought the con artist photographer, though, on principle alone, and I wouldn’t even call that a “career”. None of those people are a threat to my business, my interests, or the businesses of my allies. I don’t even consider them to be competition, although I know that the con artist photographer was a wannabe competitor. I only fought them to protect people from them. The fights were good, though. In fact, conflicts with these people have been largely one-sided, with myself and my allies winning every battle, kind of like the United States waging an air war with bombers against a tiny African country full of primitive Zulu natives running around with spears screaming at an enemy that they cannot strike back against. It seems that the natives which were never the target are the only ones left standing, and they convince themselves that they can hit jet bombers with spears in retaliation for the village which is burning around them (while their victims, whom they were planning to eat, escape). Let them scream and pitch a fit. Keep throwing those spears, little Zulu. Knock yourself out. Just watch out for those spears, and watch where you are standing when the spears come back down. I don’t want you to hurt yourself. Please calm down, too, little warrior. I’d hate to see you soil your loincloth.
The cool thing was that, despite my operation of waging war being inefficient back then (if done again, I would have handled it differently. I’d have simply disagreed with the jerk, stuck to the topics when he ran his mouth, and avoided fighting with the others while continuing to run interference with the con artist. Better yet, I could have simply disagreed with the jerk and SUED the con artist for slander and for stealing content and ideas from my web sites), the end result was the one that I was working toward. The photographers left the studio that they shared with the con artist photographer, the con artist photographer’s faux photography "association" collapsed, and he was forced to stand alone. The con artist photographer had a few good years as a sole proprietor photographer, but he became too dependent upon agencies for his work. When the economy collapsed in late 2008, he took a big hit, and his photography business became a small side job that he worked while he worked another career. For a while, he started a very disturbing second photography business taking pictures of child beauty pageant contestants (nothing is creepier than seeing a baby less than a year old in makeup and lipstick, by the way, and seeing five year old’s made up to look like they are adults). I remarked to one of my photographers that my opinion was that he was in the business because he really wanted to be, and my photographer laughed. Still, if he failed at making a business out of modeling portfolio photography, and tried to move to a market where he could help rabid stage parents exploit their children, he could have it. That shady business seemed to be right up his alley. I have no interest working in that market (and the man who emailed me recently wanting me to shoot a modeling portfolio for his two year old can go somewhere else to get that done, and I don’t care how much he wants to pay me. I can sleep at night because I know that I am ethical, and that I take every measure to ensure that the power of my photography does not hurt anyone).
As far as I can tell, the creepy child pageant photography business failed. It was a last gasp for his dying career as a photographer.
Today, his business is minimal and his presence in the industry is inconsequential. The con artist photographer has no friends, especially in an industry where he burned a lot of bridges by scamming people and tarnishing the reputation of the industry. He seems to be burnt out and on his way out, and is now working another career, although if he ever comes back and tries to resume his career, I will endeavor to put him out of business myself by taking his market from him (minus the child pageant crap. I won’t do that kind of photography. I’ll simply keep him in the playground with the other children).
I won, and like it or not, I’m still a market leader. With that, I will continue to assert that leadership in what I’m about to do!

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