I get a lot of emails from parents who want to know how to get their toddlers and even babies into modeling. Most agencies usually don’t start working with children until their about 4yrs old, and if a job does call for a young child the agency will usually use one of their talents children for the part. But there are times that some agencies will sign a few young children depending on their personality and if their look can work for the agency.
Being a headshot photographer, I get a lot of parents wanting to book headshot sessions for their young children. I usually don’t work with children under 4yr old unless they are about to be signed or already signed with a reputable modeling agency. Most young children only need a simple snapshot because of the fact that their features change a lot. I wouldn’t suggest any parent run out and spend a lot of money on pictures for a toddler unless they are signed.
For photographers who email me asking me how do I get children this young to listen the answer is very simple…. I DON’T!!! LOL Children this age not trying to follow orders and be bossed around, this will only cause them to become angry and the entire shoot will be ruined. The only thing I do is talk to them and have a lot of fun, toddlers love to sing along and count. For my eye contact images calling their name works for a very short time, after you used that up they start to ignore you and you will need to find other ways to get eye contact. Just remember to stay positive when working with toddlers, they can be very unpredictable….. **GOOD LUCK**
Here are some images of a toddler that I scouted in the store who is about to be signed, she was so adorable and easy to work with. She just turned two years old and her vocabulary is that of a 3yr old. She warmed up to me really fast which is also very important if you want your child to model, they need to be able to adjust to new surroundings and not be clingy.