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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.

 

2015 SPRING & EASTER MINI SESSIONS! | Massachusetts Child & Family Photographer

SPRING/EASTER STUDIO MINI SESSIONS! Several time slots have already been booked, so if you're interested, please make sure to contact me! • 20 minute studio photo session • Online Photo Gallery of 8-10 images from which to choose • 5 Digital Files with Print Rights

• 20% off All Products • Spring & Easter Props Available including a live bunny

Cost: $195

The Spring & Easter Mini Sessions are suitable for up to 4 people. Newborns may be included as long as they are being held by parents. Full payment is due upon booking to secure your date and time.

2015 Spring Easter Mini Sessions Massachusetts Family and Child Photographer
2015 Spring Easter Mini Sessions Massachusetts Family and Child Photographer

2014 Holiday Mini Sessions! | Millbury, MA Photographer

They're here!!! My 2014 Holiday Mini Sessions!

2014 Massachusetts Holiday Mini Photo Sessions Millbury Child Family Photographer

HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS!!!!

Here's the info for this year's Indoor Holiday Mini Sessions:

All Props Included • 3 Dates • 20 Minute Session • 5 Digital Prints • 50 Holiday Cards • 2 Holiday Sets Price: $250 Dates: Sunday, Nov. 2 • Wednesday, Nov. 12 • Friday, Nov. 21

Email: shawna.shenette@gmail.com to book your session now before it's too late

She's A Girly-Girl, For Sure! | Massachusetts Child Photographer

I had met Hillary and her mom a while back when I was looking for headbands for some of my clients (Hillary is wearing one of her mom's creations in these photos, too!). We connected through Etsy and continued chatting over the past year on facebook, etc. It's been great getting to see Hillary grow from the little 8-month old when we first met to the sweetest little girl at two-years old. I was thrilled to get the chance to photograph her cute little face during our mini-session together at my studio. Millbury MA Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Worcester Children Little Girl PhotosFamily FlowersMillbury MA Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Worcester Children Little Girl PhotosFamily FlowersMillbury MA Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Worcester Children Little Girl PhotosFamily FlowersMillbury MA Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Worcester Children Little Girl PhotosFamily FlowersMillbury MA Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Worcester Children Little Girl PhotosFamily Flowers

The Goal List: July 2014 | Massachusetts Photographer

Massachusetts Child Photographer Beach Photos Provincetown MA Millbury Auburn Worcester Sutton Grafton July was so amazing that I didn't even post a goal list! Actually, it was filled with lots of vacation, beach, pool, and family time...and it was awesome! I still worked and got lots done (3 weddings!!!), but it was definitely less schedule-oriented than usual with C home from school and the sunshine calling our names. We took our yearly vacation to Provincetown to the most amazing little condo right on the ocean (a photographer's dream and where I took the above photo), celebrated the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks, and had fun at C's first National Competition in Providence. Wow, when I think back to everything that we did, it just makes me happy!

I'm so OK with having no set goals last month, but this month is different. Yes, summer is only HALF OVER, but a photographer's busy season is officially here! Mix busy season with summer vacation, and I have to make sure every second counts when I'm working.

So, here's to the goal list, and may I accomplish everything on it.

BUSINESS GOALS | JUNE

  • Blog 15x this month! <--this will be my #1 goal until it's achieved
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Order new sample albums
  • Choose new website design and start working on it
  • Choose outfits for Senior Model Styled Shoot!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!
  • Test out new Wedding Photography Workflow
  • CLEAN OFF DESK!!

I did clean off my desk, but it's gotten messy again. Not as mess as it was, but it's definitely not as clean and organized. Must do this again!I've also been looking for a new website/blog design, but I haven't found one that I really like yet, so I can't cross it off.  I also did a lot of things that weren't on the above list (Senior Model Rep Shoot, Senior Lookbook, New Senior Pricing Sheet), so I will let a few of those uncrossed off items go.

PERSONAL GOALS | JUNE

  • Continue with my exercise and better eating. I've been walking for about an hour each night. The weather is perfect, and I love listening to podcasts!
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer month <-- um, yea, need to do this ASAP!
  • Buy some new clothes for summer <--- DESPERATELY NEED!

I will say for June that I did pretty good with exercise and eating; however, July is a totally different story! Time to get back on that. One month until my sister's wedding! EEEK!!!

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 BUSINESS GOALS | AUGUST

  • Blog 12x this month. Make a blogging calendar and stick to it!
  • Order new sample albums
  • Choose new website design
  • Accounting organization
  • Create a Progress Folder and Progress Sheet for each current client
  • Update iOS on my iMac

PERSONAL GOALS | AUGUST

  • Get back to exercising a little each day and eating better. Have to fit into my Matron of Honor dress in one month!
  • Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with C with more pool, beach, and a couple of day trips!

And the next time I write my Goal List, the summer will be over :( (although, summer seems to hang around here in Massachusetts far into September nowadays). C will be back in school and back to dance class, life will be hectic again, and the days/weeks/months will fly by. Before we know it, Christmas will be here.

Millbury Massachusetts Child Photographer | My Mother's Day Gift!

So, this was my Mother's Day Gift, to myself, with a little help from the best daughter in the world. It took a little bit of bribing, but she agreed to get dressed up and let me brush and braid her hair for an outdoor photo shoot that I've been thinking about since winter. It all started with the shirt (or should I say, the dress, since it was a size 3T. LOL!). I saw it in the store, and I instantly loved the light yellow gingham and the white collar. The beret was found last summer in a vintage shop in Provincetown, and I've been dying to use it in a shoot since I laid my eyes on it. Overall, I'm happy with the results, and I'm going to make myself and album to cherish! Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

Millbury Child Photographer Outdoor Portraits Children Grafton Worcester Sutton Auburn Shrewsbury

 

 

Millbury, MA Child Photographer | Baystate Parent Magazine Cover and Feature Story

I was very honored and excited when Baystate Parent Magazine contacted me earlier this year to shoot the cover for their May issue! And when I learned that the theme of the issue would be "Celebrate!", I was even more excited because I knew that I could let my little model, Sienna, just have fun and truly let her sweet and bubbly personality shine! If you are out and about in MA, be sure to pick up a copy! Here's the magazine cover:

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And here are some other fun shots from the cover shoot:

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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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Easter Mini Sessions | Millbury, MA Photographer

Here's the info you've been waiting for!!! Easter Mini Sessions!

Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

20 Minute Photo Session plus 5 Digital Images with Print Rights so you can make lots of Easter gifts for friends and family!

A live bunny will be available for your child to snuggle, and I have two amazing (and gorgeous!!!) Easter sets planned, as well as some Easter props to make your photos even more beautiful!

To book your session, email me at shawna.shenette@gmail.com or call me at 508.685.0885. Full payment is due upon booking. Thank you!

Can't wait for these!!!

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