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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.


OCTOBER 2009 - UPDATED 12/02/10

Five years ago, Tampa Bay Modeling was founded by a group of professional Tampa models, and operated out of a condo located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tampa Bay Modeling was started with the help of Independent Modeling and model Monica Stevens (for more, please ready the original prologue below).
Soon, Tampa Bay Modeling became a very important modeling resource web site for the Tampa modeling market. It quickly grew. Tampa Bay Modeling became a front-line testing platform for some of the most advanced concepts of Independent Modeling. One of those concepts introduced reverse auctions to the modeling portfolio photography business. This effectively put many budget photographers out of business, and helped to regulate, and preserve, fair modeling portfolio photography services rates in the Tampa Bay market (Tampa photographers can thank us for enabling them to charge fair rates today, and not have to sell themselves short).
In 2006, Tampa model Monica Stevens (not her real name, and a pseudonym) moved her popular modeling mail bag column from Independent Modeling to Tampa Bay Modeling. It ran for over a year, ending its second run in late 2007. Tampa model Monica Stevens will be resuming her monthly mail bag series in a new third-generation format on Advanced Modeling in early 2011.
In 2007, Tampa Bay Modeling was taken over by Independent Modeling, becoming an Independent Modeling site. Modeling expert C. A. Passinault became the director of Tampa Bay Modeling, and the site was moved to, and operated out of, Tampa, Florida. Shortly before Independent Modeling took it over, there was talk about closing Tampa Bay Modeling, as the models on the staff had busy careers, and they found it difficult to spend time on a free modeling resource site, regardless of how popular it was. There were protests from our readers, and our email inbox was flooded with complaints from people who wanted us to continue. With the takeover from Independent Modeling, continued work was assured, as the workload on the resident models was reduced. A side effect of that investment, however, was that Independent Modeling saw more site redesign work than actual content additions, and the mother site seemed to be in limbo. Most of the work that their staff did was on Tampa Bay Modeling. Work on sister site Tampa Bay Film also benefitted Tampa Bay Modeling, as new web site designs created for Tampa Bay Film were adapted for Tampa Bay Modeling by our web team.
In 2008, Tampa Bay Modeling became the most important modeling resource web site in Florida (if not the modeling industry), becoming larger and more effective than Independent Modeling. Tampa Bay Modeling began a media blitz, and saw the media coverage that was the dream of Independent Modeling back in 2001. Tampa Bay Modeling models became frequent guests and tapped modeling industry experts for several television programs.
In the summer of 2008, Tampa Bay Modeling began work on a Florida regional modeling resource site, a next-generation modeling resource site more advanced than Tampa Bay Modeling. In July 2008, Florida Modeling Career launched, and then was put on standby as many of its new tools were applied to Tampa Bay Modeling and the other modeling resource sites.
Independent Modeling also began to plan for its revitalization and re-launch. After months of work, it was decided how all the modeling sites would work together, and how they all could see regular updates. Independent Modeling would once again become the core modeling resource site, serving all of the other modeling resource sites.
In 2009, work on Independent Modeling resumed. Work on Tampa Bay Modeling continued, as did the media coverage. Florida Modeling Career was placed on standby until late 2010.
As of October 11, 2009, a new era is finally here. Tampa Bay Modeling will celebrate its five year anniversary on October 18, with a lot of new site additions and features. After Tampa Bay Modeling is brought up to speed, the modeling job board of Independent Modeling, which has been in the works for years, will come online. The Independent Modeling modeling job board will serve as a modeling job resource for all of the modeling resource sites, which includes Tampa Bay Modeling, Advanced Model, and Florida Modeling Career.
In 2011, Florida Modeling Career will finally be brought up to full speed. After it is where it needs to be, Independent Modeling and Advanced Model will be regularly, and heavily, updated, with updates as-needed to Tampa Bay Modeling and Florida Modeling Career. All of the modeling resource sites will be important for the revolution which is consuming the modeling industry.
In 2011, Tampa Bay Modeling site director C. A. Passinault will be publishing a revolutionary modeling book nationally. This book will heavily reference Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model. The book, which will be called Advanced Model, will also use the Advanced Model site as its official web site. Modeling expert C. A. Passinault is also the director of Independent Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and Advanced Model.
As of October, 2009, the entire original staff of Tampa Bay Modeling is still involved with this site.

Please note that all names, with the exception of C. A. Passinault, are pseudonyms.


Fall 2004

Tampa Bay Modeling, at the time of this writing, is a new web site, and not a whole lot of people know about us yet. Six professional freelance models got together in a Clearwater condo on a February 2004 morning for coffee and a chance to network among ourselves, and we began to share our experiences and our inspiration. One thing that we all had in common was this fantastic web site by the name of Independent Modeling, which had been on the Internet for several years and had a profound affect on our careers and our industry views. For the first time, the outlook for the future was bright, and you could see it beaming on all of our faces. So, we sipped our coffees and shared in the successes of our careers, and one of our model friends by the name of Nancy Slater brought up the idea that we should help the idea of changing the modeling industry for the best that Independent Modeling had started. We decided to found and keep up our own modeling web site. So, the idea was hatched. We had a problem though. Very few of us knew much about web design, although we were good at using the Internet to promote ourselves. So, we contacted Jillian Nicols and Monica Stevens over at Independent Modeling, and they were very enthusiastic about our plan and were very helpful! Jillian referred us to Independent Modeling's web designers, the Tampa Bay advertising agency EOS MediaArts, who cut us a great deal on a very new web site concept, and Monica met with us one day near her home in Hyde Park to help us with the overall layout of the web site and the planned content. It was coming together, and we learned so much with the help of our new friends! After meeting Monica and Jillian, we were stunned with how beautiful, articulate, and educated both of these independent models were, too. They are really the definition of what the 21st century model should be. These ladies know what they want, know how to get it, and they don't take any crap from anyone. They earned our respect long before we had the honor of meeting them. Jillian introduced us to an attorney friend of hers who used to be a fashion model in New York and Miami, and our team was assembled. The talented people over at EOS MediaArts got cracking, too, collaborating with our model friend Talesha Larsen to come up with a Miami Beach retro 80's design concept for the developing Tampa Bay Modeling web site! After a bit of debate about our founding "team" being a girl's club, we roped in our friend and professional model Chris Capri for the testosterone injection that we needed for balance, making the site staff seven models.
After a few more meetings in the Clearwater Beach condo, we got organized, assigning jobs for each of the seven founding models and setting up a liaison ambassador for our friends over at Independent Modeling. It was time to join the cause and help make a difference in the modeling industry!
So, who are the models of Tampa Bay Modeling? Here we are:

Danielle Cooper
Editor and Senior Writer

This is who I am, sitting in my condo in Clearwater Beach writing this right now. We came up with the Tampa Bay Modeling idea right here, not twenty feet from my desk. Tampa Bay Modeling is run right here from my condo, where I can oversee and update the web site with a sunset view of the Gulf of Mexico and the cool breeze blowing through my white curtains.
I am 23 years old, and have been a fashion model for six years. I grew up in Miami Beach, Florida, and moved to Clearwater Beach in 2003. I put myself through college working as a model, and I began working more as a free agent when I discovered Independent Modeling back in 2002 and began to use their concepts to enhance my modeling career and market myself as a model. I now book most of my work without an agency. I have a BA in business, and am a professional writer, too.

Nancy Slater
Ambassador and Founding Model

Nancy is my best friend, and at 19 years old, she's been a model for ten years! Nancy is an arts major over at the University of South Florida, and like myself she is putting herself through school by working as a freelance model. Nancy also has connections with over six Tampa Bay agencies, and books work from them on a regular basis. As a Tampa native, Nancy is very well connected and knows the good and bad people in the Tampa Bay modeling industry very well. With this knowledge, she avoids the bad people and networks with the good ones.

Laura Perez
Forum Moderator

Laura is amazing. She knows four languages, and was educated with the help of well off relatives when she came to the United States from Cuba when she was a child. Now, at 21, this top fashion model commutes between her home in South Tampa and model work in New York and in Europe. Since she's always traveling, and loves communicating, Laura oversee's our web forums, which she can monitor from wherever in the world she may happen to be from any Internet Cafe or other connection.

Talesha Larsen
Staff Artist and Designer

Fresh faced and 18, this stunning 6 foot tall runway model is a self described art geek who loves to dress casual when she's not working it. Talesha is the shy girl in the corner who would rather stay by herself and design things on her PDA than talk to anyone. Recently, Talesha started dating a friend from the University Of Tampa, and we found her doodling on a napkin one night when they were out on a dinner date.
Half Latin and half Russian, Talesha is very much in touch with both cultures, as is evident by the Miami 80's art direction of the Tampa Bay Modeling web site!

Jessica Moore
Staff Writer and Public Relations

Jessica is a 19 year old swimsuit model from Brandon, Florida who has been doing more commercial work lately. Petite and feisty, she is a serious writer and a poet as well as a great communicator in front of the camera. Lately, Jessica has been increasingly annoyed with certain model photographers who try to exploit models and the model scams in Tampa Bay, and has started to fight back. Jessica handles our mail when she has the time from her busy career.

Sidney Thornton
Staff Writer and Legal Secretary

The oldest model of our group at 28, Sidney is also the most experienced. A seasoned international fashion model, Sidney is focusing on booking commercial and editorial work here in Florida now. Sidney is a licensed paralegal who studied entertainment law, and hangs out with several attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. Sidney lives with her fiance in Carollwood, which is in North Tampa, and is a self described entertainment junky who is a hard core videogamer. Sidney is preparing for an acting career at the moment, and uses resources such as Independent Acting to market herself as an actress.

Chris Capri
Staff Writer, Contributing Model Photographer, and Security

Chris Capri is a professional commercial model and an independent actor from Tampa. He is a veteran of theater productions, and you've probably seen him in a television commercial at one time or another. Chris is an advanced model photographer, and he does model portofolios from time to time. Altough he has a steady girlfriend, rumor has it that one of the girls on our staff has a thing for him. I'm just not saying who it is.


Tampa Bay Modeling is a web resource for freelance models, and we became operational on Monday, October 18, 2004. We were created by a group of professional models with the assistance of our friends over at Independent Modeling, and we are headquartered in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Although many of us owe the success of our careers to Independent Modeling, we have licensed some of their tools, and the same web design company designed this site, we are not Independent Modeling, and are quite independent as a separate organization. This site has an Alliance with Independent Modeling and several entertainment industry activist organizations.

The mission of this web site is to help models work on a freelance basis and become respected independent professionals in their modeling career. We have articles, tutorials, and the tools available free of charge for models to use in their career. While this web site is not set up to fight scams, we are dedicated to introducing accountability to the model service industry, and will be working to help models self regulate related industries such as model portfolio photography. We would like to see the State of Florida impose regulation on industry professionals such as model portfolio photographers like they do model and talent agencies, as there is a lot of unethical activity going on, as well as the abuse of the rights of models. Being independent, we models have to look out for our best interests and look out for each other. Together, we can work toward a brand new modeling industry, and impose regulation on those industries that service us with the tools for our careers.

Enjoy the use of this free web site. If you need anything, please let us know. The look of modeling in Tampa Bay is going to change into something that we will all be proud to be a part of.

Well, that's us. Now for our TERMS OF USE!

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