Toddler Model Kelsey

Late this morning, I took headshots of a red-head, named Kelsey.  She is all of 2 1/2 years old, and she is already “drop dead gorgeous”!

This was a mini shoot because all we needed was one good headshot, but I have so many favorites that I can’t choose just one.

Here are only a few of my favorites!

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When shooting kids, I shoot a lot — especially if they are active or shy, so that I don’t miss that one second when they look up, smile or laugh.

Kelsey was warm and sweet when she saw me, but started sucking on her thumb when she knew she had to be “on” for the camera.   All it took was a little distraction by mommy who stood behind me, or sat near her (but not immediately next to her, so she could stay out of the shots).

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See what I mean?  Gorgeous, right?!!

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I wanted to highlight her hair — soft, red and curly…

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Watch out World.  Make room for Model Kelsey!

[To see photos of Kelsey last year, click here.  Her mom was my Tribute To Moms Contest winner!]

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Models in the Making

Being a successful child model takes more than just being attractive.  It takes a certain personality and demeanor and love of the camera.

Both Callie (3 years old) and Ian (8 months old) could definitely be models!

Gorgeous Smiles

Ian and Callie were sooooo smiley.  As a photographer, I was in Heaven!

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Blue Polkadots

This has gotta be one of my favorite photos from this photoshoot!

Ian has these incredibly blue, perfectly round eyes, so when he laid down on his blue polkadot blanket, I knew exactly how I wanted to capture this shot!

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Back Side & Back Light

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Perpectives

I like playing with perspectives with my Lifestyle Photography of children and families.  Otherwise, photos will look redundant and plain.

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Preteen Model Ryan

This handsome little man is Ryan.  Ryan is 8 1/2 years old.  And he is a model.

Today we updated his model portfolio since he has changed so much since last year’s shots.

He had many outfit changes to show his range and ability to model different styles.  Poor Ryan… it was only 50 degrees out today!

Here are some of Ryan’s many looks…

Preppy

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Casual and Sporty

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A Teethy Smile!

Ryan didn’t like to give open smiles that showed his teeth, so Susan (Ryan’s mom) and I had to make him laugh, so he’d forget.

I think he looks especially handsome in this photo.  And I loved how his hair and eyes look with that orange shirt!

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Mr. Personality

Modeling — for both children and adults — is more than just being good looking; it’s about showing personality too!

Personality needs to show in your model portfolio, so this is when it’s important to have a good photographer-model relationship, so that the model feels comfortable and the photographer can get the model’s personality to shine through in the face, in the body languange and in the eyes…

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Classic, Yet Fun Portraits

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Non-Traditional Model Portraits

Typically portfolio shots show models looking straight at the camera, so that’s what we focused on.

But I really loved it when Ryan looked elsewhere because it showed a different angle of his face… one that looks more mature.  And Ryan looks natural and not posed, which is a nice perspective to have in a portfolio.

The BxW photo on the right is such a great model mood shot and looks like a catalog photo from J Crew for Kids.

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I loved Ryan’s long lashes, so that was my highlighted feature in the left photo.

The photo on the right is also not a traditional model portfolio shot, but I like Ryan’s body language.  He was playing with the football before we shot some more serious shots!  And I thought applying a texture would be cool for this one.

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Which one is your favorite?