Do your kids need headshots? Kids under five years old don't necessarily need professional headshots because they are so young that casting directors are just searching for pictures of them looking cute. They don't care if it's a professional shot or not.
But for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, they should definitely get professional headshots taken, although headshots for kids are different than headshots for adults.
Kid's headshots are much more commercial. They feature the child smiling and having a good time, usually with high key lighting. Every once in a while (more for older kids around ten to fifteen), you'll see a theatrical/legit style headshot. It really depends.
What makes shooting kids hard is because you have to be able to get their attention and keep them happy, while at the same time, being able to technically shoot a good looking headshot. Remember that headshots are not just pictures that look good. They need a level of confidence and professionalism in them to be able to truly look good. And a casting director who sees your child with a professional headshot is definitely going to notice that they are investing in their career. Or at least their parents are!
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