Here at Sandra Reynolds we’re constantly searching for beautiful new faces to become members of the #SRFamily, and we’re lucky enough to receive hundreds of photo submissions every week from budding junior models hoping to impress. These photo submissions are the most important part of the process when selecting little ones we’d like to meet or possibly bring in for test shoots, and therefore we love it when we receive quality photographs that really show off the kids at their best. With that in mind, we thought we’d ask our lovely Head of Recruitment (and in-office Photographer) Christa just what she looks for when she’s analysing new faces and what her tips would be for anyone hoping to take eye-catching shots from home…
1. Look at the camera
This sounds a little silly and obvious but it’s surprising how often I receive photos in which the child’s face can’t be seen properly. Modelling is primarily about having the right look, and to properly assess that look I need to be able to see those lovely faces! So make sure those photos are straight on and looking at the camera.
Again, this might sound obvious but every photo you send needs to be pin-sharp in terms of focus. Modelling relies on little details so I need to be able to clearly see everything in order to make good decisions.
3. Keep the backdrops simple
The focus of every photo should be the model, so where possible I try to recommend keeping the backdrop as simple and clean as you possibly can. A large plain white backdrop is the preferred industry standard but if you don’t have anything like that, something blank and unassuming will do (brighter colours are preferrable), just make sure nothing distracts us from those big smiles.
4. Hair down
Although I love an interesting hairdo as much as anyone, when selecting prospective models it’s important to see them as naturally as possible. So don’t worry about getting dolled up for me, just take a nice clean snap with hair (skin, teeth etc) that’s clean, simple and as clearly visible as possible.
5. No hats, no glasses
Anything that could potentially obscure vision of the model is a big no no for me, I don’t require any accessories to win me over, those pretty faces are more than enough!
6. Light it up
Whilst I appreciate that most people don’t have a fully functioning photography studio in their living room, I do like to recommend that all your photos are as bright as possible. Try and think about areas around the house (or wherever you’re taking pictures) that offer great light and will ensure your little ones aren’t obscured by darkness in any way. Photos always look nicer if they are bright and easy to look at, modelling submissions are no different.
7. Include the info
Finally; always make sure you include all the relevant information we need alongside your beautiful photos. What do we need to know? We need the name of the aspiring model, how old they are, and where they live (the city will do, we don’t need your post code). This helps us think about what age groups the child could potentially go in to, and knowing where you’re located is useful information when thinking about jobs, we’re predominantly a London & East Anglia based agency so a lot of the bookings we make are located in that general area.
– Christa Ellis
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