When you’re trying to get on the books of child modeling agencies, the one thing you can guarantee they’ll want to see is a set of snapshots of your beautiful son or daughter! It’s key that the agents can see what your child looks like and get a feeling for how photogenic and natural they are.
It’s really important that you have a set of up-to-date photos whenever you want to try and drum up interest from a child modeling agency. The best way to get their attention is to send some recent photos of your child. A reliable and reputable child modeling agency will use these snapshots to make their first assessment – then, if your child fits a gap in their line-up or would suit some of their clients, they’ll ask you to bring your child into to see them. Make sure that these photos are actually recent, though – photos are likely to be out of date within months, especially when your child is growing non-stop!
Because the photos you need to send in should be so recent, there’s no need for your photos to be professional standard. Snapshots will do, and they will more accurately show the raw potential of your child. Casting directors, agents and photographers are completely used to beginners sending in home snapshots, and it’s not a problem at all.
Before You’re Making Money
As a rule of thumb, never shell out for professional pictures until you have a contract or an offer of representation from a reputable child modeling agency. And certainly never pay an agency to take photos for your until they’ve provided you with some work!
Now, you’re probably still asking yourself “how do I take photos for auditions and casting?” Well, get your camera (even a cheap digital camera will do) and take three simple photographs to get your child started:
- A shot of your child from head-to-toe, showing off their whole self and giving a sense of their size and proportions.
- A full body shot showing your child in one of their favourite poses. It should be natural, and preferably adorable too!
- A traditional mug shot showing your beautiful child’s head and face.
You’ll need to take these every six months or so to make sure you’re up-to-date and catching the current personality of your little terror!
Now, these will do the job, but it’s really important to make sure that you follow the golden home photography rules:
- Make sure they’re well lit! No dingy rooms or darkness.
- Make sure they’re well focused! No blur or fuzziness.
- Make sure they’re brand-neutral! No logos or iconic props.
Take it from me, don’t just rush ahead and take these right now: wait for a good time when your child is in a good mood. Confident children are more attractive to child modeling agencies and are more likely to win you success in your attempts to get casted. Wait until your little angel is in a good mood, and make the photography a game that they can enjoy and feel good about.
Good luck, and feel free to post some example photos of your darlings in the comments!