Should we have professional photos?

As with the headshots for young actors, professional photos are not required, but advised. If your child is just starting out in the modeling industry, there's no need to hire an expensive photographer. You can just use KidsCasting: search for photographers in your area using our database, and you might get lucky and find one who'll be willing to photograph your child for free.

If you would like to photograph your kid yourself, follow our tips to achieve the best results:

1. Natural light over studio

Studio lights may work wonders, If they are set by professional photographers. Setting them up yourself can end up being nothing but a waste of time. Just use natural light and you’ll be OK (but not direct sunlight as it creates false shadows).

2. High quality camera

If you don’t own one, it is a good idea to see if you can borrow one from friends or use a equipment leasing company. The images need to be sharp. A good quality camera will catch the natural light and shadow without losing much resolution.

3. Subtle background

Neutral background will direct all the attention to your child. If you are using a good camera, make sure the focus is on them, and the background is a little bit blurry. This will create nice depth to the photo, as well as highlight your child’s features.

4. No retouching

It’s better to steer clear of retouching, unless you are very good at it. Sure, fiddling with exposure and light can better the photo, but changing the appearance of your child, or their features is definite no-no.