You’ve probably flipped through a number of baby magazines and seen the adorable faces of babies giggling, laughing, and just plain being cute. After all, that’s what babies do best when they are not crying.
Along those lines, have you ever wondered how these babies actually make it into these magazines? Better yet, do you have a cute and cuddly one at home that would make for the perfect baby model?
Now, we know that modeling one’s baby isn’t every person’s dream, and that some parents are totally against using their baby for money.
That is totally fine, but you should also know that baby modeling is not all about money. More important than money, are those frowns that you can turn into smiles when someone sees that cute face of your toddler on a billboard or magazine cover.
So if you’re interested, we’ve dedicated this article to giving parents an idea of how they can get their baby’s foot in the door when it comes to baby modeling.
Find a Trustworthy Photographer
First of all, you’ll need to know that casting agencies, themselves, do not physically go out and seek promising babies and children to be their clients.
Rather, all these casting agencies have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for photographers to come to them.
And why is this?
Well, photographers don’t actually make any money off of the baby photos they take. Rather, their money is made when they take their baby photos to casting agencies.
From there, photographers can make a sizable commission from the casting agency, if the agency decides to cast the baby that the photographer has introduced to it.
That being said, you should never trust a photographer, talent scout, or manager who ASKS FOR MONEY! They should be willing to take pictures of your baby for free – after all, it’s these pictures that will earn them the fat paycheck at the end of the month if they can find an agency that likes there photos.
So the rule is this: Never, ever, agree to pay a photographer who wants to take pictures of your baby. In most cases, these “photographers” are probably not professionals, but rather scam artists trying to prey on naïve parents.
Secondly, you’ll also want to look for a photographer who has built strong relationships with credible casting agencies. The more connections your photographer has, the more your cute child will be seen.
Again, when looking for a photographer, look for someone who will take your child’s pictures for free, and someone who has a sizable list of casting agencies that they are familiar with.
The Face and Personality is Everything
Switching gears a bit, baby modeling is all about your baby’s face and their personality. This is what you, I, and casting agencies look for when they judge a baby picture.
You know what I mean – people want to see that devilish grin, or that hair that stands straight up, or that half-smile that tells us a little bit about that baby.
So if you’re either taking a picture of your baby on your own, or having a photographer at a studio do so, make sure that either you or them, don’t cover your baby up with too many props.
A hat, here or there (or even a blanket like the picture above), is fine depending on the shot. But more often than not, props will just detract from the cuteness of your baby. Agents aren’t looking for how cute the props look on your baby, they want to see how cute the baby is!
According to some experts, mothers (and fathers) who want to capture great shots of their toddlers shouldn’t even worry about having professional shots of them done until they are at least 4 or 5 years of age. The most promising shots are those that happen at the spur of the moment, since they normally capture a baby’s personality the best.
Start Small and Then Think Big
Many mothers make the mistake of believing that there baby has no chance of finding a job unless they live in L.A. or New York City.
And while it’s true that these are the main hubs for baby modeling, most agents in fact, like scouring the local countryside for talent.
Basically, every village, town, and city in the western world is in need of cute babies to snap photos of.
So if you live in the middle of Kansas or Iowa, have your baby start modeling in its very own hometown.
Then, if he or she starts to make it big, you can start thinking about making trips out to LA and NY to give your child more exposure in bigger shoots.
Sadly, that’s all the space and time we have for this article. Of course, there are other strategies, how-to’s, and do’s and dont’s of baby modeling that we haven’t gone over.
But the most important thing is this that you’ll need to remember, every baby (even your own) has the chance to make it as a baby model.
They don’t need to be good speakers, or have perfect hair or teeth, or have any special talent. All they need to do is be themselves, and to be cute…which every baby can do!
All you have to do is find your baby exposure and someone who will take a second and third look at them. From there, the sky is the limit!