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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.

Standards have dropped in the Tampa modeling industry 1. Standards have dropped in the Tampa modeling industryStandards have dropped in the Tampa modeling industry. By C. A. Passinault.
Agency TFP and dumping the modeling portfolio market 2. Agency TFP and dumping the modeling portfolio market
The difference between TFP and professional collaboration 3. The difference between TFP and professional collaboration
Amateurs pretending to be professionals 4. Amateurs pretending to be professionals
Studio training wheels 5. Studio training wheels
Stumbling in the light 6. Stumbling in the light
The aftermath 7. The aftermath

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



Studio Training Wheels

It was great at first. The organizing photographer introduced me to people, as well as the three “models” who were there, and one of the photographers had recognized me because one of my best friends is a model who he has been wanting to photograph; the photographer said that my model friend always replied to his requests with “Are you good enough, yet?” (in retrospect, this should have been a huge red flag, especially in light of what I have seen this jackass do in the two years since, in 2013). A mother of one of the models also knew who I was from the pageant scene, and not only knew of my model friends, but knew that I had been a judge in one of the pageants which her daughter had competed in. So, I had a photographer telling the organizer who I was, as well as the mother of the model. The organizer mentioned that he’d like to be introduced to models who I knew. I told him that we’d see.
I also met a real professional photographer who was a commercial photographer, and we talked about the industry. I think that he was there to help out. This was the only photographer there that impressed me (and I even told the model’s mother that he would have been able to give me a run for my money as a photographer, as he knew what he was doing). So, the commercial photographer was the only one that I really got along with, although it should be noted that I was not rude to any photographer, and I was careful not to overstep my bounds.
The organizer had a rule that escorts could not be in the studio, which I thought was odd, too, although I chalked it up to him being a new event organizer. He then told me that, since I was not shooting, that I would have to hang out outside of the studio when they started their shoot, and that they would be shooting outside shortly. He asked me to do this as a professional courtesy, which was fine by me.
However, I thought that this was odd, too, especially as I had been invited to the shoot, but realized why when I saw that some of the models were wearing very skimpy outfits and lingerie (I was not happy seeing new models being convinced to do high-risk modeling shoots like this, but I did not say anything, as it was not my place).
I discussed this with a professional photographer friend of mine who specialized in high-risk work afterward. I told her that while I could see a photographer having a closed set for high-risk work, there was really no point in closing the set to myself or the mother who was escorting her daughter because all of the photographers and all of the models were already working in the same area, and by default, there was no reasonable expectation of privacy. If I were a photographer at such an event, would I tell people that escorts were not allowed in the shooting area, and that certain photographers were not allowed, either? Of course not! As long as the escorts or photographers did not interfere with the shoot, they’d be allowed to be in the shoot area, and I might even put some of them to work. I always allow escorts to my shoots. Boyfriends, mothers, friends.... I get along with all of them quite well. I have nothing to hide. The exception, though, is when I’m shooting with a model in a contracted session with that client, that I do not allow other photographers to attend. That would be a client shoot, and I wouldn’t allow it because I don’t want to train photographers while I work with a client. Sure, if I am doing an event to specifically train photographers, or am at an event where other photographers are around, that’s fine, but not when I am working with a client in my business.
I brought my camera gear to a portfolio networking site shoot out event at Saint Pete Beach/ Fort Desoto in 2006. I not only got the best shots of the event, but I drew a crowd of photographers, models, and others who quit what they were doing to watch me work with two models. That was rare for me to do that, but it was acceptable because of the format of the event. One of the models even called me afterwards and told me “It was so nice to work with a real professional photographer for a change”. I guarantee it: If any photographer or model watches me work for a few minutes, it will challenge their conception of what photographing models is all about, and it will improve their career. That’s what happens when you have a photographer who has over a decade of professional photography work with models and talent, and who has earned that experience working with minimal equipment and in challenging environments. I’m the real deal, and I don’t need any training wheels or a lot of equipment to get the job done! There have even been some instances where a “photographer” who has sunk a lot of money into equipment reevaluated if they should stay in the business after working around me, and I had to give them a pep talk afterwards to convince them to forge on. As far as photographing models and talent, I’m in the top 10% in the state (and I’m in the top 3% in the Tampa Bay market), and I can take a $50.00 Nikon L10 and shoot circles around someone using a Canon 5D Mark II (or, in 2013, a Canon 5D Mark III or a Nikon D4). I know this because it has already happened, and I had to tell the photographer that I was only able to do what I did because I’ve been doing it for a long time. He wasn’t bad, either, but he certainly was discouraged until I talked to him. For the record, too, I was not planning on shooting anything that day, and that was the only camera that I had on me. I could have done the same thing with my cell phone camera if I had to, although those files would not have been high enough resolution to print, or use for much (I hate cell phone cameras. They are only useful in a pinch).
Anyway, I discussed being excluded from a closed set which really wasn’t a closed set, even after being invited to attend the event, with my photographer friend. She agreed that I had been treated rudely. It wasn’t only my opinion.
Note 07/28/13:
Now, in 2013, over two years later, I can say that the commercial photographer, after reading this article, contacted me and confirmed EVERYTHING. He said that the organizing photographer was afraid of me because he realized that I knew what I was doing; he was intimidated by me and was literally having a panic attack because I had shown up! He also said that, when the organizing photographer had me run the errand, that he gathered everyone around and told them not to talk to me, and that I had “invited myself”, which was a lie (isn’t this what fake people do in High School?!?!). It was obvious to everyone who witnessed our initial interaction that I had been invited. How else would he have known who I was, and why would he have been expecting me? The commercial photographer, even though he did not know me, realized this, too, thought that this was B.S., and told me so. Well, some people DID talk to me to find out for themselves, and when they found out that I was legitimate, they realized that they had been lied to. Why else did at least one of the models later avoid shooting with these guys, which prompted one of them to have a profanity-filled meltdown about me on their social media page (I have people forwarding me things all of the time. People nark these idiots out to me!)? I’ve, since, in 2013, cost the organizing photographer at least three models, and they deserve it. The models deserve more, especially after one of them told me that he was hitting on her like (IMO) the dirty old man that he is!
Hey, I don’t have to do anything to these idiots. They sink themselves, as they are what they do.


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