Many children can make great models – especially if they are lively, enthusiastic, friendly and prepared to throw themselves into the experience wholeheartedly.
But what should they expect from an assignment?
And what should you – as their responsible adult – prepare them (and yourself) for?
It’s important that everyone understands you need to arrive promptly, wherever you have been told to be, and with whatever you have been told to bring.
In addition, bring plenty of snacks and drinks for your child to ensure they can maintain their energy levels and keep well hydrated.
You and your child will have a much smoother experience if you are well organised and well prepared.
Everyone else involved in the shoot, from the photographer to the crew, will be used to working with children and as such should be considerate to their needs.
Children can be nervous at times and do become distracted – try to reassure them and be patient with them before and during the assignment.
Child models can’t work as long as adults and the professionals on set should understand that.
Your little ones will be given regular breaks so they can have something to eat and drink and enjoy a little downtime.
Bring colouring books, hand-held games consoles and anything else that might keep them busy during waiting times.
Don’t get stressed
Babies and toddlers can have days when they are feeling under the weather and perhaps a little grizzly.
We all understand that – just ensure you have everything with them that they might need and do your best to cheer them up.
Babies and toddlers will need all the usual gear you usually travel with and might also like one or two of their favourite toys to keep them happy and cheer them up if they are sad.
Try not to get too stressed out yourself if your little ones are unhappy as this is likely to just make the situation worse.
Find out how other parents and their children have got on during child modelling assignments.
Their experiences will be very varied and should give you a good idea of what to expect.