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Do You Think My Child Could Be A Model? | The Child Model Series, Pt. 1

Photographing children makes up a large portion of my photography business, and I’m happy about that because they are one of my favorite subjects. They’re cute, silly, happy (most of the time); they have clear skin and bright eyes; and they are pretty much open to anything…as in, they haven’t developed much of the self-consciousness that creeps up on us as we grow older.

 

Do You Think My Child Could Be A Model?

Most of the time during a session my back is turned to the parents as I’m photographing their child, but when I turn around, I see that glimmer of hope and wonder in their eyes as they watch their adorable little one smile perfectly for my camera. They know I shoot a lot of covers for BaystateParent Magazine because they are all over my studio and facebook page, and then they ask, ” Do you think my child could be a model?”

Some things to consider before diving in head first:

  • Is your child shy or outgoing?
  • Does your child take direction from adults well?
  • Does your child really want to model?
  • Does your child like having his/her photo taken or do they have a meltdown whenever they see a camera pointed at them?

I only see a child for maybe 45 minutes, so my answer many times is, “Yes, it’s possible that your child could become a model” because it is possible. Anything is possible; however, the bigger question is “Do you really want your child to be a model?”

Do You Really Want Your Child To Be A Model?

The world of modeling seems pretty glamorous, right? Who wouldn’t like traveling to exotic places, wearing beautiful clothing, having your hair and makeup professionally done, and looking your best in every photo? Sounds fantastic, right? It does to me, BUT I’m a grown woman. To a child, much of this doesn’t matter. They are more concerned with when they will get their next snack or be able to play outside.

Many parents love the end result: cute photos of their kids. What they don’t always consider is the behind-the-scenes to achieve those photos. Finding the shoots, scheduling the shoots, setting up the shoots, waiting around the set while everything is perfected, sitting still for hair and makeup, and then cooperating with the photographer after sitting and waiting for so long. It can be a long and tiring day, and many children aren’t cut out for it.

In the beginning, many child models work for free or for very little money. For all of the time that you and your child invest, the monetary payout may not be very much, if anything at all. Many times, you will be spending much more money than you make (think modeling agent, comp cards, travel, etc…all of which I will cover in upcoming segments of this series).

Another factor is do you want your child’s photo everywhere? While it may seem amazing at first, your child’s photo could be in print and all over the internet and social media outlets. In the photography world, there has been a lot of controversy lately over what is appropriate to show of our children. Is the clothing and posing appropriate for their age? In 10 years, will your child have a problem with their photos being on the internet?

All of the above aside, modeling isn’t all bad and can be a very rewarding experience. There certainly is money to be made in the industry. You and your son or daughter may love seeing their modeling photos everywhere, and it may open up other amazing opportunities for them such as commercials, acting, and scholarships. Modeling can also be a great way for your child to discover self-confidence.

Want To Give the Child Model Thing A Try?

One of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give is don’t spend a TON of money on your child’s modeling portfolio in the beginning. If you’ve done any investigating into the world of child modeling, you’ve probably heard about the casting calls where they tell you that your child is PERFECT for them and all you need to do is pay them $3000 and your phone will be ringing off the hook with jobs. NOT TRUE! I will be discussing modeling agencies in a future post, but until then, don’t fall for this scam.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and you want to test the child modeling waters, BaystateParent Magazine will be holding a Cover Model Contest. You can view all of the details and rules here: Cover Model Search. For just $25, you can get a taste of the child modeling action. I will be the photographer on Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mall at Whitney Field, Leominster

Have Child Modeling Questions?

If you have any child modeling questions, please ask them in the comments, and I’ll be sure to answer them in an upcoming segment.

Shawna Shenette is a Premier Massachusetts Child Model Photographer. Her work can be seen in BaystateParent Magazine, PurePetites Magazine, Bride and Groom, Chic Critique, and many other prestigious publications. She specializes in newborn photography, child photography, maternity photography, family photography and wedding photography in Central MA, Worcester County, Boston and surrounding areas.

 

Bettering The Blog | Massachusetts Photographer of Babies, Children, Families and Weddings

As we are approaching the busy photography season, the studio has had a bit of much-needed downtime after the extremely busy holiday season (did I say much-needed???), and I’ve been working on lots of backburner studio projects. The biggest item on my t0-do list was a NEW website and blog! My website was just something that was put together too quickly, and then it lived like that for almost 3 years! The new website is almost done, but it needs a few more tweaks to make it perfect. You can check out the progress, if you like

One thing that I’m extremely excited about is adding more to my blog because that’s where I get to share so much with all of YOU! I absolutely love sharing your images from photo sessions, but there is so much more to share with all of you, too. I get lots and lots of questions from how do I shoot this or when is the best time for our session to how do you find the time, etc. etc.  So, the good news is there will be MORE blogging going on around here…all photo goodness relating to the SSP Studio happenings, how-to’s, and maybe even a bit more personal stuff! Yeah!!!

Each Tuesday I will be answering all of those questions that you have pertaining to your upcoming photo shoots, general studio questions, tips to help you prepare for your session, photoshop tricks…pretty much anything! So, if you have any questions that you want answered, please submit them via the contact form so that we’ll be sure to answer.

Weddings are a big deal, right? Right! They deserve their very own category to discuss anything wedding related from photography, timelines, pretty flowers, gorgeous dresses, you name it!

This category is going to be fun! It could be some of my older photos from when I first started the photography business or just a session that never got blogged, some photos of when my daughter was young (awww!), and maybe even some old photos of me! (eeeek!!!! <— now those could be funny!)

Freedom Friday will be when I will write about anything and everything. It could be something from one of the other three categories, it could be a special session that I really want to blog about, a guest post, my favorite music right now, something personal…pretty much anything. I’m giving myself the freedom to post whatever I want on Fridays.


I hope everyone loves what we have in store over the next few months! It’s going to be fun!

Lifestyle 3 Month Baby Photo Session |Walpole, MA Photographer

I haven't blogged in sooooo very long, but I really need to change that because I have lots and lots of gorgeous images to show you from the past few months. Things were crazy and hectic over the holidays, and I wouldn't change it for anything. I love seeing how families have grown over the past year, and I love meeting new families and photographing them for the first time. What I get to do is such a special thing, and I'm so happy that all of you choose me to capture such amazing memories for you. <3 I've been doing a bunch of lifestyle sessions in some lovely homes lately. It's a bit of a change for me, but I really love it. I love the challenge of a new location and finding different ways to photography people doing what they do everyday and showing how special the seemingly not-so-special moments really are.

Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl
Millbury Worcester Wapole Massachusetts Lifestyle Photographer 3 Month Baby Girl

2014 Spring Mini Sessions!!! | Millbury, MA Photographer

Everyone's been asking about these! Well, here they are; my OUTDOOR Spring Mini Sessions! With the sunny skies, longer days, and 60 degree weather yesterday, it felt like spring here in Massachusetts. It was a nice little teaser, that's for sure, because were are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. Thanks for the little tease, Mother Nature! But, Spring will be here before we know it, and the flowers will be blooming along with the fields of green grass that are perfect for outdoor spring photos.

I've decided to offer two days of mini sessions this year. I've found that those with smaller children sometimes prefer the weekday sessions, while adults and those wanting family photos prefer the weekend session. As usual, the location will be determined at a later date and emailed to all those participating.

Please email me to book your session or if you have any questions at all. shawna.shenette@gmail.com

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2014 Easter Mini Sessions | Millbury, Massachusetts Child Photographer

So, you guys know that I do very few mini sessions each year. I offer them outdoors in the Spring and Fall, but I've also decided to offer two sets of indoor mini photo sessions per year: Christmas and one other holiday. This year I've decided to go with Easter as the second indoor holiday photo session! Can you say bunnies and pastels? :) What's so great about mini sessions? Well, first, they're perfect for when you don't need a full hour session. You may have recently had a full session with me, but you just want to update a few photos around your home or capture a milestone in your child's life (toothless grin!). Second, they're short and sweet, which is perfect for the attention spans of little children. Third, mini sessions are also a great excuse to get your kids dressed up and have those special holiday photos taken. You only need a handful of poses, and you can print as many as you like to give to friends and family.

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And a few more that we captured during my daughter's Easter mini session:

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2014 Easter Mini Sessions Massachusetts Photographer Child Photos Easter Portraits Children Millbury

2014 Easter Mini Sessions Massachusetts Photographer Child Photos Easter Portraits Children Millbury

 

2014 Easter Mini Sessions Massachusetts Photographer Child Photos Easter Portraits Children Millbury

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Handsome Baby Boy P | Millbury, MA Newborn Photographer

This little guy was so tiny and cute; I could've snuggled him all day long. Baby P was just 11 days old when he came to visit me for his newborn photo session. He was the perfect newborn, too! Who am I kidding...they're all perfect! But, he was definitely up for anything. A couple squeaks here and there, and then a squawk for a feeding, but other than that, he barely made a peep. So cute! Millbury, Massachusetts Photographer Newborn Baby Boy Studio Photography Best Newborn Photographer Worcester Metrowest Grafton Auburn Sutton Oxford

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I love this last one! Haha!

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And I always try to give my newborn clients a collage of all those little features that seem to grow up so quickly!

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Calm is Beautiful | Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

This little guy was probably one of the calmest newborns I've ever photographed, and his hair...oh, his hair is to die for!!! Look at it all! He was just 6 days new when he came into my Millbury, MA photography studio for his newborn photo session with me, and he was the perfect model. A squeak here and a cute little sigh every now and then, but other than that he pretty much let me do whatever I wanted. Oh, and his adorable big sis also joined in on some of the photo session fun! So cute! Massachusetts Newborn Baby Boy Portrait Best Photographer Millbury Auburn Worcester Metrowest Grafton Shrewsbury

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Thank you K Family for choosing me to be your newborn baby photographer! :)