Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram have probably seen more than enough about Amelia’s Jojo Maman Bebe photo shoot but now the pictures have gone live on the sight I wanted to share with you my experiences.
Back in May 2014 I saw a Facebook post from Jojo Maman Bebe after babies and young children for a photoshoot in Poole and Bournemouth (where I live) and to send details and pictures to the following email address. I like every other parent think my child is the perfect model so I applied.
We heard back over the next few days and were invited for a casting at our local Jojo Maman Bebe where Amelia tried a few outfits on for size and they took a couple of shots. The lady Alice who was in charge was so lovely and told us all the information we needed to know and that we would hear from them within the next week and when the shoot dates were.
Sure enough we heard back that they wanted to shoot Amelia on these dates and the locations would be confirmed the night before. Obviously I was so excited and told everyone!!
The day of the shoot came and we were heading down to one of our local beaches Branksome Chine. It was perfect blue skies shorts weather but the downside was it that it was boiling which can only lead to stroppy/irritable babies!!
We were greeted and shown to which section of beach everyone was congregating on and I was given one of Amelia’s outfits to put on. This was the waiting game where all I can advise is toys and food! There were about 6 babies there all had to be shot in a couple of outfits and at separate times. Amelia seemed to be in a great mood a bit aggy with the sun in her eyes but happy with the Jojo staff and super smiley. She even left a hat on which is a rarity!
It came to Amelia’s turn and exactly what I had hoped not to happen happened. Tears and lots of them. The photographer was great and Alice and the other staff were so lovely and patient in helping to distract Amelia and make her smile. It’s funny most of the babies seemed to react in a similar way once sat in their spot by the sea with everyone in front of them staring. They did thankfully get the shots and we then moved onto her second outfit. This shoot again came with lots of tears but a few smiles and once again they were pretty certain they got the photo. You can’t help but apologise because you’ve been chosen to get these photos but have no control or idea as to how your baby is going to react. The Jojo team were amazingly calm and really positive which really helped!
We were there from 9am-12pm which was plenty long enough for Amelia, especially as it was outside location.
The bottom picture completely demonstrates Amelia’s thoughts on the whole modelling thing! She was not impressed!
We were invited to come and shoot again on the Sunday morning at a local hotel that backs onto the waters edge and the marina (a perfect photoshoot backdrop) and I was a bit more prepared this time. I didn’t have such high expectations that I had previously had. Of course Amelia wasn’t going to be beaming smiles for these random people she’s only just met and it must be quite a daunting experience.
Similar to the other day two outfits and just waiting your turn. She wore a gorgeous white lace floral dress first that she looked extremely cute in that again had a few tears to begin with but she did warm. Then she put on a little romper and they wanted her to hold onto the back of a mini deck chair. Unfortunately Amelia was having none of this and actually fell over only making matters worse.I can’t stress enough how professional, patient and polite the Jojo Maman Bebe photographer and staff were. I mean they waited and we tried again let her have some lunch and a sleep but Amelia bless her had just had enough and they were so fine about it, which eased my guilt!
We were paid in vouchers for our time and were to receive a copy of all the photos they had. This suited me perfectly it is one of my absolute favourite shops for Amelia so I had no problem spending the vouchers.
To be honest it had almost slipped my mind and the disc arrived in the post. It was quite funny to flick though like a set of pictures following Amelia balling her eyes out but they somehow with a naughty tearful model still managed to get some amazing shots.
Then the most exciting bit was this weekend when I saw Amelia on the website and in the catalogues. Proud doesn’t even come close to how it feels to see my beautiful little baby in there (although how big has she got!!!!)
These are the three shots that were used of Amelia;
I love all three of these photos especially the swimming nappy and the floppy hat, I could show you a tonne of photos but I shall resist!!
And here she is in the catalogue (PROUD MUM ALERT!):
This post is mostly rambling and showing off Amelia’s gorgeous photos but key points if your going to do baby modelling;
- Don’t expect too much.
- Be patient.
- Act as normal as you can around your baby, they don’t know any different.
- Stick to normal feed & nap times.
- Bring lots of food and toys!!
- Like always your baby has to come first. If it’s not working it’s not working, don’t try and force it. (When Amelia had really had enough I said no)
- Try and enjoy it. It’s probably a one off experience!
Thanks so much for reading!xx