Include a simple, smiling headshot in the portfolio with no hats, makeup or sunglasses to take away from your child’s unique “look.”
If you see a future in modeling for your toddler or preschooler, she’ll need a portfolio, shares fashion and lifestyle photographer Sri Maiava Rusden, who pulls from her experience on both sides of the camera as a model, agent and award-winning fashion editor and photographer to share tips about the kind of photos your child's portfolio should (and shouldn't) have. “A portfolio is the “proof in the pudding” that shows agents and clients how photogenic and versatile your (child) is,” Rusden explains.
1Dress your child in casual clothing with no logo if you decide to take the photos yourself. Rusden recommends steering clear of makeup, curled hair and brightly-painted nails.
2Take head shots and full body shots of your child in natural, rather than staged, settings.
3Keep it simple and remember to add a shot of your child smiling, advises Green Agency, a Miami model and talent agency that represents children 6 months and up.
4Plan around the market you live in when taking seasonal shots of your child, Rusden advises. You don’t want to include shots of your child dressed for winter weather if your child will be working in Miami or Honolulu.
5Check with the agency you plan to work with to see who they work with, if you'd rather hire a professional photographer. Models.com is a good resource for modeling agents and photographers, suggests Rusden, who worked for "Honolulu Magazine" as a fashion editor and photographer.
6Avoid overspending. The cost for the portfolio photos you’ll need shouldn’t run any higher than $200, at the time of this publication.
7Choose a photographer who knows the market firsthand, suggests The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. If your toddler or preschooler will be working in Los Angeles, have the photos done there.
- Portfolios show off a range of photos and are used for modeling auditions, explains The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. There is no such thing as an “acting portfolio,” the school ads, so if your little one has acting in his future, all he’ll need is a headshot, resume, and if he’s already done some acting, a demo of his work.
- Don’t pay an agency to get your toddler into modeling or acting unless that agent gets your little one a job, warns Screen Actors Guild. Legitimate talent agencies never charge fees in advance for photos, resumes, modeling or acting lessons, public relations, or screen tests, SAG adds.