When you shoot photos of your kids for modeling please do the following to get the best pics you can.
1. Get down on their level, eye to eye
2. Have them smile at the camera making a connection
3. Simple colors, no neons, checks or crazy prints
4. No hats, sunglasses, or headbands
5. No one else in the photo, check the background also
6. Simple backgrounds that do NOT compete with the subject
7. If shooting outside, go in the shade and use a flash NO hard shadows, please. Make sure they’re not squinting from the sun either!
8. Clean face and brushed hair
9. No toys or dogs, cats etc… just the child!
10. Shoot from the waist up…
Your Talent Scout will assist you with your photos and finding those “winning” shots! The quality of your photos is everything in this business!
For parents who do NOT want to spend any money trying to get their child into modeling…If your child is 4 yrs. and above and books a union commercial….
Here is just one example of money you may have to fork out…
The current initiation for Screen Actors Guild fees are $2,277.00
If you have No earnings in a year, you only pay the base amount of…$116.00 2 payments of $58.00, that is after you pay the initial amount to join.
Once a member you will pay on earnings of
$1.00 to $200,00… 1.85% on your SAG earnings
$200,000 and above a different % applies
You will also be responsible for parking, pictures, any commercial workshops that your agent suggests, possibly ZED cards, and the charges for the casting sites that your agency uses.
Soooo, if you have no idea what it takes, or don’t want to spend a penny doing this, it’s probably not for you right now. Unfortunately, when your dealing with a brand spankin’ new young child with NO RESUME (CREDITS) or professional legal representation, there’s no easy, quick or free way into this!
AGENTS & MANAGERS DO NOT AND WILL NOT “PAY FOR EVERYTHING”.
Your child’s pics need to be simple, close-up shots of your child smiling at the camera, for child or baby modeling. Talent agents for children need photos to be simple, no hair ornaments, hats or sunglasses ( agents want to see the child only) You do NOT want grandma in the background watching her favorite soap opera. Go outside, and shoot from the waist up. Clothing should be colorful, but simple, no crazy prints that will take away from the child’s personality. Try to get the child/baby to connect with the camera, looking right directly at you.
Thanks to one of our fab moms!
Toddler Modeling – Baby and Child Modeling
You may have to sit on a set, with your child doing modeling work…so breathe. Read a book, knit, etc. A calm Mom is a patient Mom, one that agents will want to work with. If you are a high strung type A personality this is probably not a good idea for you.
Reality is…if they don’t like the mom, they won’t hire the baby! Period.
We say this with love!
The photo above is a perfect example of what NOT to do. Hoods or hats, sunglasses, etc. covering a child’s hair is NOT a good idea. You do NOT want to hide the child’s hair or cover it with anything! With very young children you do not have to do professional pictures, regular snapshots from home are fine…UNLESS the agency you are represented by requires professional pics…they might. But BABIES change all the time, every month or so they look different, so why spend $$$$$ on headshots? Think about it. Some jobs are called “directly booked” that means the casting director saw your babies photo and booked the baby right directly from the photo. The casting person wants that same child to walk in the door, not 6 months previously when mommy did the headshots. Use your head about this.