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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 Bay Modeling is NOT a modeling and talent agency. We are a free modeling resource. We do NOT represent models, and are not licensed to do so. Regardless professional models can represent themselves, and manage their own careers; they don't need to depend upon a modeling and talent agency! Smart models find and book work on their own, as well as utilize many modeling agencies as a source of modeling jobs (and nothing more). In our qualified opinion, models should never allow anyone, or any agency, to manage them, and should never allow an agency to represent them exclusively. Modeling and talent "management" is, in our qualified opinion, a conflict of interest; not only does the agency, who is supposed to be working for you, "manage" your career, but they are also "managing" the careers of your competition, who are the other models which the agency represents, and also works for! Why allow yourself to be manipulated by an agency which is supposed to be working FOR you? You are the boss, and in our qualified opinion, models should only utilize modeling and talent agencies as one of many sources of modeling jobs, and nothing more!

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NEWS 08/06/11 - Currently, we do not have a featured model section active here on Tampa Bay Modeling because our modeling job board is still in beta. This will change. The reason that the featured model section is dependent upon the modeling job section is that the featured model section will be a main part of the modeling job board. The idea is that companies with the modeling jobs can look at the featured models first, and the models featured on our site get the first chance to book those jobs.
Of course, Tampa Bay Modeling is not a portfolio networking site, so there will not be a lot of featured models on here. Just professional models who are among the best in the Tampa Bay market.
Our featured model section and modeling job board will also be parallel, with related sections on Independent Modeling and Florida Modeling Career. There will be supporting features on Advanced Model, too. What this means is that featured models and job posts will be cross-published, with relevant optimization, on Advanced Model, Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and on Independent Modeling.
Combined with our online visibility and voice, and you can see why many models already want to be featured on this site, and why this is the best thing going for professional models in the Tampa Bay market.

Soon, we will be adding featured models here on Tampa Bay Modeling, which is the top marketing and promotional platform for models in the Tampa Bay market. Featured models here will also be featured on Independent Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and our other affiliated sites; the featured model positions on Independent Modeling are especially critical, as they will be interconnected with the modeling job board; companies posting modeling jobs will be encouraged to look at the featured models and consider them for their jobs before posting on the modeling job board.

HOW TO BECOME A FEATURED MODEL ON TAMPA BAY MODELING

The following information is current as of August 6, 2011. Please note that collaborative photography sessions through the Talent Connection Project (TCP) are no longer offered, as this option ended at the end of 2010.

The following information is no longer valid. We decided to leave it on here so models could see that the door of opportunity for collaborative work shut at the end of 2010. As of January 12, 2011, things have changed. APPROVED models can be featured here on Tampa Bay Modeling, on Independent Modeling, on Florida Modeling Career, and on our other affiliated sites for a set annual fee. The only other way to be featured on our sites is to invest in a modeling portfolio photography shoot with Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design, which is a far better value for a variety of reasons. See the information above for more.

Soon, we will be adding professional models to this section so they can market and promote themselves. This model marketing section will be cross-indexed with Florida Modeling Career and Independent Modeling, and it will tie into the modeling job boards on all three sites. Want to get listed and added? There are two ways:

1. Book into a Talent Connection Project shoot (No longer an option as of May, 2011, as C. A. Passinault no longer has time) with Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design. This won't cost you a dime, and will only take a few hours of your time, but there is a catch. You have to be an experienced, professional model who already has an established professional modeling portfolio, modeling composite cards, and legitimate references. This is a professional collaboration between established professionals, and has career benefits. If you are an aspiring model who feels that they are entitled to have a modeling career without spending a dime, and without investing in their career (if you need a portfolio and plan on building one on TFP shoots, for example), please do us all a favor and leave this web site. We don't want you representing us if you don't know what you are doing, and if you have no plans on learning the business. If you are a willfully-ignorant model, or feel that some modeling agency needs to "discover" you and manage your career, please go out and find some modeling scam or unethical photographer, as we don't want you anywhere near us. Have fun!

2. Invest in a Tampa modeling portfolio photography session with Aurora PhotoArts. This will cost you money, but it is a career investment. If you are an aspiring model, you're going to need a professional modeling portfolio anyway before you can have a modeling career, so get it done. How else are you going to compete with the professional models who have been smart enough to invest in a professional modeling portfolio.

For now, we only allow models to be listed who have gone through either one of the steps detailed above. In the future, we will allow additional models through other channels. We do allow references to be listed on all online model profiles listed here on Tampa Bay Modeling, Florida Modeling Career, and on Independent Modeling. Modeling portfolio photographers responsible for your photographs may be listed and linked to from your profile. All parties are due appropriate recognition, and we work hard to avoid any misperceptions about the work presented on Tampa Bay Modeling. As of December 11, 2008, Tampa Bay Modeling now directly offers modeling portfolio photography and modeling portfolio services, and we will list credits and note when model profiles contain work that we did not do to avoid any conflicts.

We refer professional models to television interviews and media events so they can appear on behalf of Tampa Bay Modeling, and this is done as a courtesy. This is also different from being a featured model on the Tampa Bay Modeling site, and is only offered to the best professional models. We do not refer every model to these projects. We will only refer top professional models who reflect well on Tampa Bay Modeling and who support our goals. To be considered for media referrals, you must be familiar with the content on Tampa Bay Modeling. As models will be tested before they are referred, we suggest studying the material on this web site. All media referrals are subject to the terms and conditions imposed under a written agreement, which must be signed. Models must know what they are talking about, and we will not tolerate the misrepresentation of Tampa Bay Modeling or incorrect information published which could mislead the public about the nature of Tampa Bay Modeling or place the reputation of Tampa Bay Modeling in a bad light. All models are held accountable for their actions, and their words, and the requirements of these media referrals are simple, but strict.

Tampa Bay Modeling reserves the right to refuse to list models without given cause or reason, as this section is a professional courtesy. We will look at the references of applicants. Any association with unethical, unprofessional parties, or associations which are determined to be a conflict of interest with the goals of the Tampa Bay Modeling web site, may result in refusal or termination of model listing. Don't know the goals of Tampa Bay Modeling? Take the time to read the information on this site; you will do yourself a huge favor, and might even learn something which will benefit your modeling career.

Any model who believes that Tampa Bay Modeling is a modeling agency or some sort of online modeling agency will not be accepted. We are not a modeling agency, and we are not a modeling and talent agency. We are a modeling career resource web site, and are not licensed to book you into modeling jobs or to operate as a modeling agency. We cannot represent models, and only a licensed modeling and talent agency can do that. Thank you.

UPDATED 08/06/11

   

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