We don’t want to see children, “over-posed, or with any props”. So, before taking your photos, take a look at these top tips for the best chance when applying to Paris Kids Talent Agency. Try to stand near a plain wall or background too.
1. No hats - No headwear, hats or hairbands. “We get lots of babies submitted with huge headbands over the heads and this completely takes the focus away from a tiny baby. We don’t need anything like this in the shot. For older children, if the child has a hat on we can’t see the hair, and again, this is really important to the whole look.”
2. Sunglasses are a no-no - No sunglasses. “This is so common, but how can we see the colour of a child’s eyes by sunglasses taking over the shot? They may look cool, but from an agent’s point of view, we cant see what we need to see.”
3. No food included - No food smeared on the face, either. “This may seem cute but we can’t see their face. This is extremely important, as you are taking away from the child’s face by submitting shots like this.”
4. Head up, shoulders straight - Head and shoulder shots are what we are looking for. “Photos taken in simple attire is always best with no make up or jewellery visible.”
5. Wear hair down - Hair down and as natural as possible – this means without product, too. Again, no make up or jewellery either.
6. No dress-up - Natural every day shots, not professional portfolio prints, are fine. “‘Professional’ shots are often too posed and too many times the children are put in dressing up outfits that take away from their natural look.”
7. Smiling and neutral expressions - Ensure some variation of images. “Images should be ideally one taken smiling and one taken neutral, as a person’s face shape changes dramatically when they are smiling.”
8. No face paint - No face paint or fancy dress costumes are necessary at all. “As an agent we can’t judge a child from such a picture, as we can’t see their face.”
9. The natural look is best - There is no need for make up “This makes them look too old. We are a kids’ agency, and children that look too old wouldn’t suit the agency.”
10. No naked - Please keep them fully clothed. “Make sure children are wearing clothing, even for babies. Again, this maybe cute to you as parents, but as an agent we would not agree.”