Modeling while expecting is one of the greatest joys of any working Fashion Model. I know it was for me! These are the Photos you are really going to treasure the most in your career! I remember going to my Bookings… so excited.. because my baby was going with me!!
Nowadays Most designers are designing a Maternity line and there are numerous Maternity Magazines, Advertising Campaigns and Catalogs for the expecting Model. So don’t think because you are pregnant that you can not keep working.
So models already signed to an Agency, I have found it’s best to stay represented by your Fashion Agency while pregnant. You will continue to get your day rate and see better clients then switching to a “maternity Agency.” Of course, if your Agency doesn’t rep Maternity Models then you must look for an agency that does. Unlike Fashion Agencies that want to see regular snapshots when you’re first starting out.. A Maternity Agency would prefer you have a Photobook with you tearsheets &/or Pictures. This is because you only have a time span of about 4 months that you can work! You can’t work until you look pregnant and that’s usually at about 4 months (at least). So when you send in pics to agencies.. whether through mail or email.. Show all your best professional fashion work and include 4 recent digitals of you in a swimsuit or form fitting clothes. Agents still love to see YOU.. what you really look like, all natural and smiley. ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR DUE DATE!
If you live near a major Fashion City (Miami, NYC, LA, Chicago) then go in for an Open Call. You are more likely to be signed to an Agency if you live pretty close to a major city. Bring your Photobook and your SMILE!! It’s very important for agents to see that your energetic and you have a great personality. This will make all the difference in this type of work as most of the jobs you’ll book is all about looking Healthy and HAPPY while pregnant.
If you haven’t seen it already.. check out my Video on “How to take Maternity Pics” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKGffwL9hIM&NR=1. Don’t take your digitals unless you’ve watched my Video because it will explain exactly what agents and clients look for… You’ll want to know exactly how to do this properly because once you are signed to an Agency.. your Booker (agent) is going to ask you many times to email her recent pics (digitals). This is because not only is your belly constantly growing but also in the modeling business clients ALWAYS request recent pics of models. They don’t want to spend the money to book you and possibly fly you there and then you show up and look nothing like the pics in your book online. This is why you will constantly be taking recent digitals in this business. I have included in the side panel some example pics of me while working with FORD while I was expecting.. that I sent in. You will see I am wearing formfitting clothes with barely any makeup on. Clients do not want to see you all made up. Please don’t have a fan blowing your hair either. Just simple pics of you. You can have your Mom, Dad, Sister or Best Friend take the pics.. it really doesn’t matter as long as you look Natural!!!
I have heard lots of Models say they worked like crazy while pregnant.. there is a lot of work out there and a constant new crop of pregnant models. I knew a girl who was flown to Tahiti for 5 days to shoot a story (8 page layout) for a magazine!! That’s pretty Awesome, No? I worked a lot while pregnant and I can tell you it was a ton of fun! I shot the cover of E-Pregnancy, Parents Magazine and Fit Pregnancy Magazine (see side panel) which was a real honor because that Magazine Rocks!!
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