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Model Agencies for kids NY & Miami

Hi Guys!!! 

I have put links up to some of the Model Agencies for children that I see repetitively come up on the call sheets of the jobs I wrangle.

I would also advise looking at these agencies on Google, FB and Instagram to see which one you feel most comfortable with before you email or phone... 

...AND PLEASE don't throw money away by paying for expensive photo shoots just to start.. it is not necessary, a simple image of your child full length and also a head shot is all the agency needs to see. Refrain from hats, ribbons and busy backgrounds, Ive laid out a few basic ideas to help you in my blog posts on Help and Top Tips :) 

xx Mel
New York. ( in no particular order) 

Take 3 Talent
tel:(646) 289-3915

Stellar Talent Agency
917 426 7421

Funny Face:
212 686-4343

Expecting Models
212 473 5152. 

212 727 7219 

646 486 4600

New York Models
212 539 1700

Terry B Talent

Zuri Model and Talent
646 462 3422


Green Agency

World of Kids

Karen Greer
954 347 2486

Cathy & Co
305 905 1708

What to bring on your first shoot

Soooo CONGRTULATIONS!!  Your child has been booked on a shoot! Thats an amazing thing and I'm really happy for you!

Melanie Sawyer, Child & Baby Wrangler www.Melaniesawyer.com

Here is a quick list of things to bring and what to do to help you on babies big day!

1. Arrive on time, take into allowance that parking isn't always easy to find so leave time for that

2. Do not bring other siblings if at all possible (twins are the exception). You need to be there for your child. It isn't suggested that you bring more than one helper. Studio holding rooms can be tight

3. Clean hair is vital

4. Some clients don't like earrings, although most will photoshop..but there are some who do not so if your baby has pieced ears, take them out at home so your baby does not get upset in the studio OR ask the producer/person who is signing you in if they should be removed as soon as you arrive

5. Clean and clipped nails on hands and feet help make your babies experience easier and make you look professional.. there is usually a hair and make up person on set and they will have to do it if not.

6. If there are any temporary tattoos..and I KNOW there are some awesome ones out there.., they will unfortunately have to be cleaned off unless your child is shooting winter clothes with long sleeves..  better to do it at home if it is a sensitive thing ok?

7. Don't worry about scratches on face/ knees and shins..make up will cover it!

8. Take a changing pad and extra diapers (plain as possible incase the clothes are see though so patterns do not show) as fresh diapers are needed for the photoshoot.. peepee diapers make clothes a bit baggy!! :)

9. Snacks and drinks for your child, they might not be available.. NOT skittles!! or a food that might possible stain tongues or hands or give them a big sugar high. 

10.Bringing your child in with hacking coughs, fevers, pink eye, colds or even chicken pox ( yes, that really happened) is going to contaminate all the other babies and not put you in the best of light. Notify your agency asap and they will deal with it ....A BIG THANK YOU for that one!!!!

Melanie Sawyer, Child & Baby Wrangler www.Melaniesawyer.com
If you are shooting on location, 

1. Sunblock (put on half an hour before you arrive so skin is not greasy) and umbrella incase you have to be outside

2. Towels or blankets

3. Bug spray if you need it

4. If your baby is small, a stroller for them to sit incase there isn't a place.. TRU/BRU does nice lightweight cheap ones for location.

5. Sweaters/coats and socks for windy locations

6. Food and drinks just incase

7. A small bag of toys or i pad to keep them happy in between shots

8. Hand warmers if you are in a cold location- they can be slipped into clothes :)

9. Extra batteries, location shoots might not have electricity for you to charge your cell or I Pads

10. Basic first aid kit, epi pens and ALWAYS be aware where your child is..locations are not set up for safety like studios are..

Top Tips to take a great BABY photo for submission to agencies

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,

So you want to send photos to an agency for submission.. below I've listed a few easy ways to take an effective and great looking photo that will have your baby stand out from the crowd! 

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,

Get down to babies level!! In order for an agency to really see what your baby looks like getting down to babies level will give them the best view of THOSE cheeks!!

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Keep the photo simple, posing your baby is not necessary.being natural and being..well a baby is the best!

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,

Distracting clothing, hats, hair accessories or ribbons will take away from your babies look, keep it simple and fun!..

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,
Babies are all different, big hair, curly hair mullet hair NO hair.. its all good.. don't hide what your baby looks like, show it off or you'll be wasting yours and the agencies time if they cant see what your baby really looks like, Ive been on sets for almost 20 years and Ive seen all types of babies booked.. so be PROUD!! show it off!!

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,

The best light to take a photo of your baby is in front of a window in daylight. flashes from your camera or cell phone will startle your child so you'll only get a few smiles before they start telling you STOP!!, use what comes naturally, its soft and gives a great color, try to have the light center so its flat on babies face and doesn't cast shadows

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,Cant sit up .. NO PROBLEM! 
There are lots of ways to take a great photo of your baby if they cant sit up, lying on a bed, the floor, lying on their backs, being held on the arm or hip of a cropped adult, leaning against pillows or propped up in between legs like the first photo in this seg.

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,

Supply the agency with a close up head shot, a full length body shot and if you have a fave of a HUGE grin or cheeky look add that too!

 Melanie Sawyer Child and Baby wrangler ,
Agencies are always interested in multiple babies so don't be shy if you have more than one baby!

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..tell me thats NOT THE CUTEST THING!!!!! 
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