Child Model Agencies in Michigan
So, your little one wants to be a model? While child and baby modeling agencies are harder to find in smaller towns like Grand Rapids, and are usually hosted in Chicago, there are places here to grow the talent bug.
Unique models and talents in Grandville is a local favorite. Vonda Poll-Hartung, owner and manager of this local agency is personal and responsive. It’s always nice to be able to connect with a person, which was hard to find among the many agencies available.
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4 questions to ask before starting with Kids Talent & Modeling
Vonda gave some tips for parents new to modeling.
1 – Do the children model THEIR passion or yours?
The best advice to remember is not to shell out a ton of money upfront. Children change their minds and lose interest in what obsessed them the previous week. Make sure it’s the right direction.
“Make sure the child really wants to do this or it won’t workadvises Vonda.
“It doesn’t matter how badly you want this for them. They must like the spotlight and cooperate with other adults.
2 – Can you devote time to baby modeling?
Do you have time to drive your child to photo shoots, perhaps for hours at a time?
“Modeling is a demanding extracurricular activity,” says Vonda. “You will drive.”
3 – Does your child have the personality for it?
As a photographer, I know it’s helpful for your child to be sensitive to other adultsfriendly, cheerful and outgoing.
Are they independent and comfortable away from you? Are you comfortable giving space to other adults and letting them work with your child? Great photos come from a natural connection with others, emotional balance and, again, responsiveness.
The “deer-in-headlights” or “alien-danger” look won’t be enough.
4 – Do you have super recent portraits?
Vonda says you can submit regular snapshots to get started (professional photos aren’t necessary at first) but make sure they are updated!
“A lot of parents will be like, ‘Oh, he’s got a mohawk now,’ or ‘Well, she’s got braces now,'” Vonda says. “We have to see photos updated at all times. (Grooming is also important, like keeping nails trimmed, so don’t forget the little things.)”
If you are submitting snapshots to begin with, solid colors for clothing work best; avoid print and words. Natural light is best for photos, and preferably shade. Try putting the sun behind the child’s back, which gives a nice ring of light or “halo” around him. You don’t want squint or harsh light because it creates dark, unflattering shadows. Shoot at their height or from above, aiming down, for flattering angles.
Remember it’s FUN. Keep that in mind, for both of you!
Michigan Modeling Agencies
Model agencies for children
Some are in town and some are by car, but these agencies are pros in child and baby modeling.
- Unique Models and Talents | 2855 44th Street, Suite 165 North Grandville, MI 49418
- Rossa Casting Agency | Grand Rapids, Michigan (Please submit your requests electronically)
- Bravo Talent Management | Based in Chicago.
- QuickBook Agency | Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Flint, Lansing
General modeling and talent agencies
- Endless management | Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Point modeling | BUK STUDIOS & Co, 4423 West KL Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
- John Casablancas Modeling | 9401 General Dr #131, Plymouth, MI 48170
- The Studio Group | 30095 Northwestern Highway #30A, Farmington Hills MI 48334
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