Once your child is accepted onto our books it is very important to update photos and measurements (height in cm and shoe size) regularly. Children that have not been updated according the the below rules will not be submitted for briefs AND POSSIBLY EVEN REMOVAL FROM THE BOOKS.
For our Lacara models that are already on our books it is advisable that you join our premium membership for only £19.99 per year per family that enables you to have a login to see your child’s profile and keep information updated at your convenience. To join premium please follow the link: https://secure.lacara.co.uk/premium.php
Babies 0-12 months. Must update measurements monthly, & photo very 2 months.
Toddlers 1-3 years. Must be updated every 3 months. Photo & measurements.
Children 3-12. Must be updated every 4 months. Photo & measurements.
Teens- Must update measurements every 6 months and photos yearly.
If you notice a drastic change in look or height then update accordingly too!
PLEASE NOTE THAT EVEN IF YOUR CHILDS HEIGHT HAS NOT CHANGED PLEASE LOGIN TO YOUR PREMIUM ACCOUNT AND MOVE THE HEIGHT UP ONE CM, SAVE IT THEN MOVE IT BACK DOWN AGAIN AND RE -SAVE SO WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN CHECKED!
Professional photos are advisable. Casting directors view lots of model cards and if you want your child to stand out then a portfolio is worth the investment. We have a studio in Essex and portfolios are exceptionally great value! http://www.lacara.co.uk/become-a-model/child-model-portfolios/
Where to take the photo
If at home please use a plain wall/background with plenty of light. Give your child a little space between them and the wall, around 60cm or so. DO NOT photograph you child standing in front of a window, this affects the exposure and they will appear too dark. If outside you can use a tree or the grass, DO NOT stand them directly in front of a big bush, this will take the focus off the child, again give a good 60 cm space. Do not photograph your child on park apparatus. Also avoid bright sunshine that causes them to squint. Overcast days are ideal as there will not be harsh shadows on the face.
How to pose
Do not put your child in awkward poses, NO pouting faces, keep hands away from face. Babies can be sitting up on the sofa. We are looking for 2 good head and shoulder photos and one mid or full length
Quality, angle and crop
The photo must be in focus, no fuzzy photos and in GOOD LIGHT. Also absolutely NO FILTERS. Camera angle must be at eye level, hold camera in upright angle. Only get your child in the photo, we do not need to see all the surroundings. DO NOT HOLD YOUR PHONE TOO CLOSE TO THE CHILD, This will cause the camera to not focus in sharp enough.
What to wear
NO fancy dress, bows, sunglasses or toys in the photo, this distracts from the child. Ensure child is wearing comfortable clothing
Hair & Makeup
Please keep girls hair down so casting directors can see the length and colour. Strictly NO MAKEUP or large hair accessories. Teenagers can wear a minimal amount that is hardly visible. Children that look older than their age are at a disadvantage for casting directors.
So to quickly recap:
PLAIN BACKGROUND, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, NO MAKE UP, NOTHING ELSE IN PHOTO, IN FOCUS!
This is a fantastic example of the standard of photos we require, taken at home.
This is Amelia one of our fabulous models, one of her shoots with us was for the prestigious brand Bentley!
Her mummy regularly sends us in natural updates taken on her iPhone with plain background and good light.
Where to send updates
Please use your premium login to update photos and measurements. If you are not premium then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure you give us child’s name! Updates that are emailed are not dealt with instantly. They can take up to 2 weeks to be logged onto profile.
Extra help on taking photos on your phone
You can also read this helpful blog for tips and advise to help you take a better photos on your mobile phone Photo Tips