What You Can Expect From A JoJo Shoot

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When Arthur was eight months old, a chance meeting with Laura in a pub last summer opened up a whole new world to me.

I’d been feeling a bit fed up with the daily monotony of life that a baby can bring, and because Arthur was still yet to sleep through the night, I was far too tired to bother doing very much.

Fortunately, it was the weekend and I was officially off duty, so on arrival at the pub I promptly handed Arthur over to my nearest friend and sat down to enjoy a large glass of wine and some adult conversation.

A short while later, said friend came bounding back over to tell me Arthur had just been ‘scouted‘ by the founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, which, to say was an exciting moment would be understating it a little. (I had seen Laura talking on BBC Breakfast so was well aware of who she was.)

The fact she had taken a shine to Arthur felt almost flattering, but to be honest I was more excited about spending a day doing something new and interesting, rather than harboring any fantasies of Arthur becoming the next David Gandy – or the baby equivalent – if there is one?

That said, when I got home I did what any proud mum in my position would – posted a smug status update on Facebook.

The thing is the world of baby-modelling had never occurred to me. I probably thought of it as something you chose to pursue, with your baby in tow, and I wasn’t really sure how I felt about that. I’d certainly have thought that all babies, despite how cute they might be, would need to have perfect, doll-like features and temperaments anyway.

Well I now know that that is not the case – not as far as JoJo are concerned. A happy baby with a gorgeous smile and maybe just one dazzling feature (in Arthur’s case, dark brown eyes and ridiculously long eye-lashes) are the order of the day.

Admittedly it helps if your baby looks like they’re enjoying themselves – but who can ever predict that? No mother I know.

JoJo’s models have traditionally been babies of our teams and customers – often the store managers are on the lookout for happy, funny babies. They want their models to represent real babies and children with real character. There is definitely no pressure and the best thing about it is you get to spend what is probably one of the first mum and baby times that make you feel really special, at a time when that can be a bit thin on the ground.

Arthur posing for the camera

Arthur posing for the camera

The day itself was as enjoyable as I’d imagined it would be. Arthur was ok as a model I think… I doubt he was the best but I’m certain he wasn’t the worst!

Making Arthur smile!

Making Arthur smile!

He doesn’t sit still for very long so the shots in the pocket high chair were a bit challenging and we had to bribe him a lot with croissants. I never want to forget how adorable he looked walking towards me wearing nothing but a pair of JoJo wellies, a nappy and a big smile, while the photographer snapped away.

How cute!?

How cute!?

Fortunately I don’t have to worry as I got a disc of the very pictures he took. I would recommend any mum give the JoJo modelling competition a go. Who knows what it could lead to…

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6 comments for “What You Can Expect From A JoJo Shoot

  1. Ciara Devlin
    26/02/2013 at 8:52 pm

    I have a 6 month old baby girl and am keen to find out about your child modelling process
    Ciara Devlin

  2. Laura Andrews
    18/03/2013 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, I have a 10 month old happy baby girl and would be interested to find out about baby modeling if you require any new recruits?
    Many thanks

    Laura Andrews

  3. Sarah Hutchins
    23/04/2013 at 3:04 pm

    Hello there, I have a just short of 8 month old baby boy – someone suggested to try him at baby modelling with JoJo Maman Bebe. Are there any recruitment days coming up for baby modelling and if so how do I sign my 8 month old up?

    Thank you

  4. Hetty Stone
    07/08/2013 at 8:42 am

    Hi, I have a 16 month old daughter and have been told I should give jojo maman bebe modelling a go with her. I should be very grateful to hear from you in the near future.

    Thank you

  5. Georgie
    22/01/2014 at 5:07 pm

    I have a very smiley, 1 year old girl and am interested in giving JoJo modelling a go. A friend’s little boy recently loved his experience modelling for you.
    Many thanks,

  6. Laura Scott
    18/03/2014 at 9:46 am

    Hi there we are a new children’s modelling agency, with some beautiful babies and toddlers on our books! We would live the opportunity for some of them to be considered for your books, would you please advise us how we would go about getting them seen
    Kind regards
    Laura Scott
    RL&P agency

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