Eggers ImagesPhotographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/TopTweens
Mayhem # 1189662
FASHION, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, SPORTS & RECREATION
JUNIOR MODELS (From Tweens to Collegiate)
Most of the models I work with are in their late teens or early twenties. But I'm also doing some projects with younger models.That's why I set this MM page up.
For a broader sample of my fashion work, take a look at:
It also has information about my background, and Tags from models on MM that I've worked with. (A model has to be 16 or over to be on MM, so most of the models here fall into the Young Adult category rather than the Junior category.)
If you're reading this as a parent with a model not yet old enough to be on MM, you can:get ahold of me directly at:
The next step is personal contact. A meeting with the parent and model works best, but, if because of geographic or time constraints a meeting isn't practical, and there is a link to some of the model's pictures, a phone call will do.
WORKING TOGETHER (Parents should read this before setting up any shoot.)
A parent or legal guardian must accompany any model under the age of 18 to a shoot, and a model release is required for all shoots. (A boy friend or girl friend, an older sibling, the Mom's boyfriend, another relative, a neighbor, or a family friend, all which have accompanied underage models to one of my shoots in the past, will not work.) I won't shoot an underage model if a parent isn't along.)
I'm always working on different projects and adding to my stock image library, so I’m always looking for models that have agency, commercial, editorial or artistic potential. Height isn't all that important, but models should be on the slim side, proportional to their height.
I'm particularly looking to work with younger, talented, models just getting into the industry, who have the drive to succeed, and a well-developed fashion sense; models who see themselves doing runway shows, being featured in editorial layouts and handling commercial assignments in two or three years.
I'm also looking for models with creative performance experience such as ballet dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, aerialists, etc.
I've taught modeling and I've done a lot of model coaching, so dedication and dependability are more important than experience.
On test shoots and trade shoots, models are frequently responsible for their own hair, makeup and wardrobe. If so, arrive hair and makeup ready. Unless we've discussed a specific concept that requires specialized makeup, makeup should generally be light. (Avoid heavy pageant-style makeup.)
Bring a touch-up make-up case, a brush, a beach towel and some comfortable flip flops or sandals (when shooting on location).
For outfits. don't just throw some clothes in a suite case and have me pick out what to wear. I have absolutely no way of knowing how things fit or what might look good together. All too often, I don't even notice the potentially best outfit until it’s too late. (There's been a number of times when a model put on a really cute outfit after a shoot that would have perfect to shoot in, that I never even saw in the the pile of clothing.)
Assemble four or five coordinated outfits, including clothing, shoes, accessories, and any sports gear that might be required that match the theme of the shoot. (With younger/preteen/tween models I generally go for cute and colorful. With older models, I tend to go for commercially edgy.)
Anything worn underneath can't be noticeable. I've had younger models wear cut-offs, jean shorts, Bermuda shorts, black tights and a variety of other bulky and distracting garments. None of that works. It all looks tacky in the shots. I've had a number of times when something distracting showed through, because parents wanted to make it very obvious that the model was wearing something underneath. That ruined the shoot.
If you want to wear something underneath that can be seen in public that isn't part of the concept of the shoot, wear a white or light colored bathing suite, where the colors won't bleed through the outfit, without frills, bulky padding, bows or anything else that might cut into an outfit's lines. A one piece works well for dresses and more formal outfits. A bikini works best for shorts, cut offs, tank tops and other types of recreational activity shoots.
One of the biggest problems for younger models is not concentrating on what they're doing. They're very easily distracted. While parents are welcome, in most cases, having other siblings along for the shoot is not a good idea, unless they also are modeling. Siblings generally distract younger models, making them lose focus and reduce their attention span.
Bringing friends or relatives along is even more of a bad idea, again, unless they're also modeling. Friends are more distracting than siblings. No boy friends, girl friends, distant relatives who want to see "Suzy" model, or groups of friends can accompany models under 18. (A number of times I've had parents bring aunts, uncles and grandparents to a shoot to show how well the model is doing. That's disruptive enough, but then the relatives provide feedback as to what they think the model is, or should be, doing, which is deadly to a shoot.)
No texting, tweeting or checking e-mail messages during the shoot. (For tween models, parents hold on to cells phones during a shoot, to avoid that frequent checking of messages that seems to be so common.)
Models tend to have a blast on shoots. I've shoot countless models and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully we'll have the chance to work together.
On trade shoots, models receive a CD with at least a dozen or more high-res images for each hour of modeling, generally within 10 to 14 days of the shoot. (I generally don't provide images from paid shoots unless arrangements have been made before-hand.)
If the first shoot goes well and we work together again, I can also help in portfolio development as well as provide portfolio prints and promotional material to help a model get started on her way to success.
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