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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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By C. A. Passinault
Director, Tampa Bay Modeling
Lead Photographer and Designer, Aurora PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design

Many people who want to become models consider modeling schools.
Don’t.
The national chains of modeling schools are complete wastes of time, in our opinion. The ones which are not modeling scams are such poor values, that we cannot recommend them. Many modeling schools these days have expanded their classes as a sort of finishing school, a school which offers acting and talent classes, or other career and "self-esteem-building" courses, but even then, they are not worth it. There are at least three “big name” modeling schools in the Tampa Bay area, and we recommend staying away from them. Worse yet, at least one of them has been running commercials on the radio advertising modeling and talent jobs. When a modeling school advertises modeling jobs to use as bait so aspiring models are lured in so that they can be sold classes, this is wrong. This is, in our opinion, a deceptive trade practice, or deceptive marketing. Deceptive marketing is known as bait and switch, and it is fraud. Fraud is a crime, and deceptive marketing is what makes a modeling school a modeling scam!
Remember that a modeling school is not a modeling agency. To be a modeling agency, you have to be licenced as a modeling in talent agency; here in Florida, the license is issued as a TA# through the Florida Department Of Business and Professional Regulation (See Florida modeling agency laws. Also, check out our list of Tampa modeling agencies, if a modeling agency is what you are looking for. Read our section on Tampa modeling agencies first, however, to be safe). Since it is against the law for any modeling agency in Florida to sell modeling classes, obviously, a modeling school and a modeling agency are not the same thing. A modeling school, in our opinion, is an overpriced school which trains aspiring models in mostly useless things. Modeling schools make their money selling models classes. A modeling agency, on the other hand, works for a model, finding them modeling job leads and making their money by referring models into jobs.
Any modeling schools advertising modeling jobs have a high, and in our opinion, a certain risk of being modeling scams (they are, after all, NOT agencies, and are not in business to find models work). We have not been able to find a single legitimate modeling school which advertises modeling jobs. If you must attend a modeling school, make sure that they are at least honest about what they are really selling. If they have to trick you in order for you to contact them, can you trust them? Additionally, some of these modeling schools which advertise modeling jobs will give you a “discount” for their classes and other services for models to book the “job”. This is no substitute for pay, and it’s not worth it! Even with the “discount”, the modeling school is still a rip-off; if they discount the scam, you are still being scammed, and they will even find other ways, with hidden fees and additional "services", to make that money back and to scam you more!
In the Tampa Bay area, there is at least one modeling school which is aggressively advertising modeling jobs, and claiming that “no experience is needed” for models to book those modeling jobs. If the modeling job is worthwhile, experience will be required! So, are they supposed to give you the experience which is needed when you attend their modeling school?
Don’t get scammed! See more about this at Tampa Modeling Job Scams, and check out one of our Tampa modeling job warnings are Tampa fashion models are needed for a major department store fashion show on Independent Modeling!
There is not a single modeling school in the Tampa Bay area which is worth your time or your money, in our opinion. Besides, you have us.
Tampa Bay Modeling is a free online modeling resource site, and the modeling information found here on this site, and on Independent Modeling, is better, and more useful, than anything found at a so-called modeling school or any modeling books which are out there.
With Tampa Bay Modeling and Independent Modeling, you really don’t need any modeling school.

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