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Preparing Your Child for a Shoot

When your child is heading in for a child modeling photo shoot there are some steps you can take to ensure that your child are prepared for the shoot.

Talk to the agency. The booker at the agency will give you a brief of what is required at the shoot. Ensure that you understand the brief and pack accordingly.

Ensure that you child is rested and fed before the shoot. It is however important that you do not feed your child food that might cause them to be ill on set. A rested well fed child is in general more friendly and easier to work with.

Explain to your child what is going to happen. A child that knows what to expect will be more compliant and will assist the photographer and staff at the child modeling session more willingly.

Plan your travelling in advance. It is important that you are on time for the shoot. When you plan your travelling, plan it in such a way that you arrive on the location ahead of time. This will give you the opportunity to clean dirty hands, change your child's clothing, wash their face, comb their hair and get a pep talk in before the big shuffle starts.

When you pack for your trip to the child modeling shoot ensure that you pack ample cleaning supplies, food and drinks for both of you and extra clean clothes and underwear. A child arriving at a shoot in dirty or wrinkled clothes creates a bad impression from the get go.

You need to tell your child that there will be strange people touching him / her. By explaining that your child will be dressed, styled and positioned, you will let your child know that you approve of this and that he / she is safe.

Tell your child that you will be there the whole time. There are often a lot of people present at a photo shoot, being around that many people might scare or agitate your child. A child that knows a guardian is available to help them escape will feel safer and as a result will be more compliant and easier to work with.

Ensure that your child stay calm. It is important that your child remains calm before and during the child modeling photo shoot. If this means you have to lay of the candy till after the shoot do so. An over excited child will run around and agitate people that are not used to children.


Preparation is important to ensure that your child performs well during the shoot. A shoot can be a hectic and busy place, by informing your child about every aspect of the shoot and ensuring him/her that you will be there the whole time you will have calmer more complacent child during the child modeling session.

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