When you’re trying to catch the attention of child modeling agencies, you’ll get a massive boost to your chances if you just use this one simple trick: show them exactly what they’re looking for. Each agency will be have a different requirement, but they’re all looking for the same key photographs in your child’s portfolio to help them judge whether your child is right for them.
Maybe you’ve already been following my advice on joining child modeling agencies and have been sending in photographs in the hope of being invited to a casting call. Maybe you’ve already got a non-exclusive contract with an agency but want to find a second or third agency to increase your chances of finding work. Whatever your situtation, there are 3 essential photographs that any aspiring child model should have in their line-up.
The best thing about these fantastic shots is that there’s no need to get a professional to help you out. As I’ve said before in guide on how to take photos for child modeling agencies, you shouldn’t spend anything until you’ve won some work.
So what should you do right now? Get your digital camera, and capture these three essential shots!
1) The “head shot”
This should be an 8” x 10” photograph from the neck up. Make sure your child isn’t wearing any make or hair products – keep as this natural as possible. Take this one in natural light, preferably in a well-lit room or outside. Make sure your darling is giving you a smile, make sure there’s eye contact, but don’t force anything. This shot needs to be natural.
2) The “body shot”
This should be an 8” x 10” photograph from head to toe. This shot is all about giving the photographers and casting directors a sense of how your child stands and a look at their posture. Don’t worry, it’s not a test – it’s not “wrong” to slouch or stand oddly, and many shoots will require children who are far from standing upright! So be relaxed about it. Your child should look as comfortable standing in this shot as they would do in the playground.
3) The “personality shot”
This one is a bit different: this time, capture an 8” x 10” shot of your child looking at their happiest and most comfortable – perhaps in some form of pose. Pick a position that works well and lets their natural personality shine through! This one should be good fun for both of you. Again, eye contact is essential.
…and that’s it!
Make sure the photographs are in focus, well lit, and don’t have too many props or brand names lying around. Do a couple of test prints to make sure they come out well. That’s it: you’re done! Now all you need to do is keep the photographs up to date every six months or so.
Preparing your first portfolio can be scary, and many parents get bullied into paying for professional photos up-front, but you know what? Now you don’t need to worry. These three essentials will literally be all you need to give agencies a great introduction to your child. So send them off, cross your fingers and wait for the calls.