There are many people who want to get their infant started in the modeling industry. It is quite often that a mom walking through a mall will be told that their child is absolutely beautiful and that their child should be doing magazine ads, catalogues or be in newspaper ads.
Unlike the fashion industry, there are no height, weight or age restrictions for babies. Actually, that is mostly true, in California an infant must be a full-term baby and he or she must be a minimum of 15 days old in order to work.
It is not unusual for people to want to sell parents a photo session for their child. They are told that agents and managers need to see the infant in a professional shot in order to be considered for a job. The reality is that children’s looks change very quickly.
Paying money for a professional photo session of a six month old will not truly represent the child’s look in 30 days after the shoot. It is crucial that industry professionals be able to accurately see what the child currently looks like. That is why it is much more economical and much smarter to simply take simple digital photos of your child and send those pictures to agents and managers of children. That way you can easily update your child’s look as the infants look changes.
If you are emailing the digital photo as a jpg, make sure you name the jpg with your child’s name. It might be good to add in a phone number after the name so the industry professional easily knows how you can be contacted.
I just want to make sure people understand that I am not saying that parents should not have professional pictures taken of their infant. It is always great to look back and see how ones child looked at a very young age. But, what I am saying is that in order to get work as an actor or model, it is not a smart idea to pay for a professional photo. The key thing to remember is that your child needs to look like his or her photo.
Once your child’s look begins to stay the same for at least 6 months or longer, then it would be fine to pay for a professional photo session. I have heard from many agents and managers of children that normally, somewhere around the ages of 4-6 is when there looks stop changing so rapidly.