It was back in November when my brother jokingly said, “Lucia is so cute you should make some money off that face.” We laughed. It was funny, but I never thought about actually doing that. Everyone thinks their kid is cute right? Well, as the months went on, everyone I knew would tell me how adorable she was. When I was in stores strangers constantly came up to me to tell me how cute she was. So just for the fun of it, I looked up four of the top, legit children’s modeling agencies in New York City. I sent her pictures and two got back to me. One said they were interested but needed to wait till she was a little older, and another wanted to meet her as soon as possible. So Josh and I talked about it and prayed about it and figured what the heck.
A few weeks later I went into the city with my sister and Lucia to meet the owner of the agency. Of course they loved her. Lucia is a people person. She’s smiley, she goes to anyone and she is fun. So after more talking and praying about it Josh and I decided to go for it. From there they sent us the contract information and told us how everything works. Basically each month Josh or I take photos of Lucia and send them to the agency with her updated information (height, weight…etc.) Then they send the pictures out to whomever is looking for baby models on her behalf. We really don’t have to do anything besides bring her to shoots and casting calls. We had to get a child performer permit for her from New York State and we had to open a bank account for her. Whatever she makes, Josh and I will save for her, invest and then when she is old enough, let her use it for whatever she may like. By law we have to keep 15% of the money she makes in the account, but we are going to just throw it all in there and see what happens.
We didn’t tell anyone except family about it, because we wanted to see how it would all work and how she would take …before we told anyone else. So these past few weeks we had a chance to test it out.
About two weeks ago we went to a closed casting call for baby H&M. An open casting is for everyone and anyone. A closed casting is for a certain amount of kids that the people from H&M pick to see. It was pretty simple. I came with Lucia, they took a few pictures of her against a white screen and we went on our way. These we don’t get paid for. These are just for the casting people to see if they like her. We have not heard back about H&M yet...so we will see what happens with that. This week though Lucia did have her first shoot!
Motherhood Maternity/Destination Maternity picked Lucia and a little boy named Weston to be in their Fall 2015 shoot. Most of you mothers are familiar with those brands. They have their own stand alone stores and they sell their clothing in places like Buy Buy Baby and Macy’s.
So on Tuesday Josh and I took Lucia into the city for an 11am call time. It was at a place called Dune Studios in New York City. Inside the studio were about 30 different people…from hair stylist to wardrobe to photographers. She would be shooting with three different models. Lucia was somewhat of a prop in the shoot. She wasn’t the main focus…the “mother’s” clothes were. So anyway…the first model there was Max Jablonsky. Ladies if you click on his name…keep your cool. When you look at pictures of him he comes off as this big time super model dude, but he was so nice and goofy and scared to hold babies. It was almost painful seeing him hold Lucia. You could tell in the one picture we took below where he is bending Lucia...she is holding on for dear life. Poor boy had no clue. When he got off the set I said “Hey uh Max you don’t have kids do you?” He laughed and said “was it that obvious”….ummmm yea. He was so sweet though…kept trying to play with Lucia and the other little boy. Cute. The next model was Jessica Clement. She was the “mom” in the shoot. Tall, skinny and beautiful! She was a little more comfortable holding Lucia, but did make a comment on how heavy she was. More to love. The last was the “grandma,” and that was Terra Hinrichs....Also very beautiful.
Lucia was used in about three different set ups. The first was with Jessica alone, next with Jessica and Max and the last time with Jessica and Terra. Overall it went well. Lucia was a little shell shocked at first but I think they got a couple of great shots with her. Once they brought out the big balloons she was all smiles. Towards the end Lucia and Weston were getting tired, but we were in and out in less than four hours. She also walked away with a new outfit and a teddy bear...on top of the money she made. I think it was a successful first shoot. The women from Motherhood Maternity said the shots of Lucia will run from the end of August to October in their stores, on their website and possibly Macy’s. They couldn’t tell us exactly when and where but we will certainly be looking for them! I can’t wait to see! Friends let me know if you find one!
So we will see where this goes. I am hoping she doesn't get picked for a ton of things and it is just a fun day in the city for us once in a while.
Here are a few pictures from the shoot. They are not great. We were a bit frazzled for our first time and I wasn’t sure if I should be taking a ton of pictures of their new fall clothes.
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