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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.


Friday, August 25, 2006Tampa Bay model photographed at a Tampa Bay location during a model portfolio photography session by Tampa Bay photography company Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Bay Photography and Design. Photograph by modeling portfolio photographer Chris Passinault.

Tampa Model Scams.

What do you suppose the biggest model scams in the Tampa Bay modeling industry are? Are they model agency scams? No. Are they model portfolio photography scams? No, again. The biggest threat to the Tampa Bay modeling industry continues to be model job scams, and they are now joined by model consultation scams and resell scams. There are a lot of them, and they are growing fast. All three of them use deceptive tactics to market services or products to models, and that’s technically fraud.
Here we are, thinking that we were going to dig in and fight model agency scams, and an analysis of the Tampa Bay market revealed much bigger fish swimming around and eating models. Compared to these, agency scams are nothing. What are we going to do to some of these agencies? Nothing, really. We are going to post a model agency scam fighting resource section on this site and then let the agencies do it to themselves. We have much larger scams to deal with at the moment, and it’s going to take a prolonged effort that will last for years. Will it be risky to us and to the professionals who assist us? Not much at all. We are simply going to take the high road and bombard them from high above with superior ideas as we flood the market with even more of the free tools and content that many of them have been taking and trying to bait models with. Model will be educated to recognize them for what they are, the models will know the true source of the tools and ideas that the scams are ripping off and trying to sell back to them, and we will devalue the dollar value of those tools and ideas because we will flood the market with more of them that are more advanced and are available free of charge. We may not be able to totally stop these scams in Tampa Bay, but you can bet that we are going to be putting a hurting on them that they will feel in their bank balance to the tune of up to a 75% reduction in the business that they do.
If we only save one model, it is worth the effort.
Do you want more specifics about these industry jokes? Here ya go, in nutshells.

Model Job Scams
So-called professionals advertise for model jobs, and then they turn the go-see into a sales consultation for products and services. This type of scam is not new, and it remains the most common modeling scam in Tampa Bay.
Quick advice? Never buy what people try to sell you at a go-see for a model job. You are there for the consideration of being booked into a model job, and it is unethical and unprofessional to be baited into a sale. Models send in their composite cards, a resume, and a cover letter to companies when they want to be considered for a job. If your material is professional enough to be invited to the go-see, then they should not be able to tell you that it is bad and then try to sell you photography sessions or comps when you get there. We’ve heard stories where the business tells the models that they don’t know how good of a model they are until they get a portfolio from them, and that they cannot consider them for the job unless they buy a service through them. If you are told this at any go-see, you need to get up and RUN. Once you are safe, you can then fight back by reporting the deceptive trade practice (also know as fraud), to your local authorities and the FTC. Why REPORT IT? Simply because they are a scam that will hurt more people if they continue, and the model needs to realize that they were professionally insulted and disrespected because the scam tried to trick them into buying something that they did not need! Are you going to put up with someone who tries to hurt you? If you don’t deal with it, they will continue on and hurt someone else!
We suspect that model job scams may be making going through an agency seem to be safer, which means that these scams are the life support keeping many agencies in business because models think that bookers will screen out the real jobs for them, which usually is not the case in reality. These scams are actually easy to figure out and avoid, and we teach model how to do it in our MODEL JOB SCAM resource.

Model Consultation Scams
These are becoming more common and may eventually become a greater threat to the careers of models than model job scams currently are. Many of these scams are also Model Management Scams, where the consultant promises to manage the career of the model (hard to see how they will do this if they can only make money by breaking the law, as you need to be a licensed model and talent agency in order to legally make money from booking models into jobs. Do you actually think they will help models find jobs if they can’t get paid?).
A so-called modeling expert who is acting as a consultant is little more than an unlicensed agency. They lure the models in with the promises of jobs only to turn around and sell them something. We have never seen a model consultant who has turned out to be legitimate, and we recommend that models avoid them. If you need a photographer to do your portfolio, you can easily find a professional photographer on your own; you do not need some con artist to refer you to one. A professional photographer who is in the business of doing modeling photography is far more qualified to evaluate what a model needs in their portfolio than a so-called consultant who is only in business to refer people to themselves to someone else.
If you are an established, professional model who already had a portfolio and you go to some model job go-see just to have some consultant pitch you services that you do not need, then that is misleading and it is against the law. If they tell you that they can only refer you to the job if you pay for a portfolio from them so they can evaluate you, that’s a bait and switch. It is criminal, and it needs to be reported so they cannot scam others.
If your portfolio and comp card is good enough to get you into the go-see, then they have no business trying to tell you that it is no good so they can try to sell you something.

Resell Scams
Both model job scams and consultation scams are often also Resell Scams. What is a resell? It is a form of plagiarism, but it’s even worse in some ways. First seen in model resource sites, resell scams use the Internet and other means to research what is out there. When they find information and ideas that they can use, found often on free modeling resource web sites, they take it and try to sell it back to the models that they are pitching services to.
Models are often looking for jobs. There are many good modeling jobs on free modeling web site job boards that are harvested and then sold to models as “job leads” by model management scams and model consultation scams. A lot of these models are unaware that the hot leads that they are paying for are easy to find on the Internet and are available for free.
Entire concepts can be ripped off, too. Modeling resource site Independent Modeling has been a victim of this for years. Model photographers, model managers, model agencies, and now model consultants have studied the free information on the web site and have used it as material to sell to models. These same people call the site a scam, even though they are taking the ideas and using it to lure models into their scams.
Think that you might be getting a deal for paying someone to do all of the legwork and gather modeling information as part of a service that they sell you? Think again. If they rip someone else off and steal things from other people, they have proved that they are unethical and dishonest. What’s to stop them from ripping you off, too?

~ Danielle Cooper, Editor

Tampa Bay Modeling

Clearwater Beach, Florida








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