7 tips for kids’ professional headshots


Did you know that the movie industry is growing in Arkansas and Louisiana? Making movies and TV shows is increasingly expensive in Los Angeles or New York so the industry is finding locations where it’s more affordable and hospitable.

These movies, commercials and TV shows need actors, right? Sometimes those actors are children. All actors, including kids, need a headshot for auditions. Many children also need a headshot if they are auditioning for some theater productions.

The point is, there’s a growing need for kids to have professional headshots and photo portfolios. Most experts say that children under age 5 don’t need this, but kids older than that should have professional headshots for auditions.

I don’t have to tell you that doing anything with children is a drastically different experience than anything you do with adults. Headshots and other forms of professional photography are the same way!

I work with children all the time and have some tips for success when getting your child professional headshots.


  • Choose a photographer that works well and frequently with children. They will better understand how to be patient with children and know how to best capture kids’ facial expressions.
  • Choose a photographer who specializes in doing a variety of professional headshot portfolios.
  • Consider not using props for the photoshoot unless you’re trying to convey a specific skill.
  • Bring multiple outfits in a variety of colors so that it can be clear your child can fit into a multitude of roles (and to best capture your child’s look).
  • Don’t use makeup on small children (under age 13). Casting directors aren’t interested in the pageant look. The headshots should look like their child at their best, not a made up version.
  • Ask for the background to be simple and the headshots to be close up. This will make it easier to reproduce the headshot in printed programs and online thumbnails if your child is chosen for a role.
  • Make sure your child is well-rested, fed and has a chance to use the bathroom before the photoshoot. One thing about the food—from one parent to another I think we can all agree feeding them sugar is not a good idea!


Have you considered letting your child try out for a commercial, movie or play? Let me know and I can help you get the best professional headshots.