We are finally able to go outside and enjoy the warmer days that summer brings. An Editorial Photoshoot is meant to be published in a Digital Platform or Printed Magazine. This a great opportunity for aspiring and established models to get some hands on experience and add variety shots to their portfolio.
Prior to the shoot we discuss outfits and styles. I like to get an idea of model’s style and colour palette that we will be using. Visualizing the outfits allows me to conceptualize the look and decide a location.
For this Editorial we worked with different looks in one location that would allow us a diverse portfolio in one day. A session like this one, with several looks, can take at least 3-4 hours including makeup on location. The model received 30 different digital files, 5 clothing looks and 5 different backgrounds.
We submitted this Editorial for publications and it was successfully published in two magazines.
PUBLISHED Vous España Teen Edition. JUNE 2021
See more photos of this photoshoot.
For more information about getting published or to book your Editorial Session contact me through the website www.violetakids.com or Instagram @violetakidsphoto
Gloria Caballero is an Independent Creative and Visual Artist with a Degree (LDG) in Graphic
Design from Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico and a BFA with
Major in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal. She has been photographing people for over 15 years and has been experimenting with different photographing, filming and printing
techniques. She loves working with children and has volunteered with her local TDSB school, Toronto Kids Fashion Week in 2019 and 2020, Startup
Fashion Week 2020 and FashionArtToronto 2021.
A few days ago, I asked Bahia Kids Magazine’s Creative Director, Fredsonn and Chief Editor, Julio to share more details about this bilingual (Portuguese/English) publication.
Fredsonn, the creative behind the magazine, is so lively and fun and his personality goes beyond what you see, his voice is as colourful as his looks. He sent me this video to share with you about this magazine! I want kids and teens to be informed and learn about submitting their photos to different magazines for publication. Bahia Kids Magazine offers an option to publish a series of photos rather than just one image.
I had the opportunity to ask Julio, Bahia Kids Magazine Chief Editor, some questions I had and that I am sure you all want to know.
Where does the name of your magazine come from?
The Magazine’s name is Bahia Kids Magazine and this is because Fredsonn comes from a place in Brazil in the North East part of the country called Bahia. This region was important in the 17th Century because it was here where ships were docking from their journeys from Africa. Therefore there is a strong taste of Africa present in the clothing, food and culture and in every sense. This zone in Brazil is very picturesque and beautiful it is here where Fredsonn was born. This magazine Bahia Kids is a platform to showcase kids and support children from this region, that lack resources and opportunities.
Where are you based?
We live in Toronto, Canada. Before COVID we would travel every two months to Brazil, where we host a Kids Fashion event called Bahia Kids Fashion Week. We spend our time between both countries Canada and Brazil. However, many of our followers are based in Brazil. We have clients in Spain, UK, Russia and Brazil.
What is the age group that your magazine focuses on?
This is a Kid’s Fashion Magazine and the age range varies between 3 and 14 or 15 maximum depending on the models and their looks. We are a Kids and Teens Fashion Magazine.
What do you love most about working with kids?
We like the innocent part of being a kid. We try to help people that don’t have a platform, specially kids in Brazil that lack resources and that want to be featured and published in Magazines and share their fashion projects. The most important thing for us is kids that are happy and their smiles make us happy.
What do you look for in the photos that kids submit for publication?
Fashion. We look for beautiful, attractive and quality images with good resolution. We love diversity, beautiful children, images that have a message, well performed editorials, good aesthetic composition and that portray children in a positive manner. We don’t accept kids in bikini or bathing suit, we want to show beautiful happy children.
Last February, Mia (Insta @mia_solo_mia_18) was featured in Bahia Kids Magazine with a very fun, girly, sticker-inspired, pink & red photoshoot.
Finding clothes for photoshoots has become a little bit complicated during these pandemic times with the current lockdown restrictions. But it is still possible to find great pieces if you know your local shops. :) Some of the options I suggest, are obviously not possible right now, due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions, but I will include them for reference.
When I was a teenager, I loved hanging out in a mall with my friends, I would buy a Piña Colada smoothie and go window shopping. Now, my version of that is exploring an area in Toronto. I go treasure hunting with a friend that loves coffee shops and antique/retro shops as much as me. My advice to you is to keeping your mind open and creative even when you are looking for special pieces or props is a great way to express your style.
For my photoshoots, most kids go to places like Zara or H&M to buy their basic looks. But if you are looking for fun, stylish, alternative looks then you need to treasure hunt!
1. Thrift Shopping in Value Village - believe it or not, this place is heaven if you are looking for interesting things. One year for Halloween, I scored 2 dresses (not in the costume section) and those were two of my best Halloween Costumes ever!!! Since then, I visit Value Village every now and then, always looking for pieces or accessories I can incorporate in my photoshoots. My favourite one is the one on 924 Queen St E.
2. Local designers - Don’t be shy to reach out to local designers. Some have a rental policy, others lend you the outfits but you pay the dry clean fee. If you are lucky you might be able to wear their pieces for free in the photoshoot in exchange for the rights to use the professional images.
4. Second Hand & Vintage shops - Toronto has a wide range of shops with previously-loved items. In these shops you will find everything from shoes, accessories, props and clothing from dresses to coats and everything in between.
Many people love @bumbuleberry_kids a second hand store for children’s clothing where pieces a re carefully curated. https://www.bumbleberrykids.com
Adult shops might be a good place for girls 12+ because their smallest sizes fit some girls. My favourite one -because it is in my neighbourhood- is Second Nature located at 514 Mt. Pleasant near Davisville. Their basement has the best deals and you can find cool pieces in these XS sizes. Not all their deals are online.
Second Hand Vintage - Kensington Market has a reputation for having vintage clothing stores, I haven’t gone personally, but I wouldn’t mind going on an expedition there. Either way, be open and go for a walk (or a google search) in your neighbourhood for second-hand shops and start building your look.
4. Retail shops. ZaraKids, H&M and Garp are to-go places for many kids because their clothes are clean and neutral. Teen girls love Aritzia and Zara. But how about going to an outlet mall? Places like Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet or Nordstrom might have pieces at reasonable prices (sometimes even less expensive than Zara!). If you have the opportunity to go, dedicate a day for shopping. Remember, when you buy clothes for a photoshoot, you not always have to keep them. As long as the tags are on, and the pieces are not stained, you can send them back and get a refund or credit.
5. If you don’t like treasure hunting or shopping, would you consider a stylist? There are people that do the job for you! They charge per look, they will get your measurements and then go shopping for you. They will shop and clean and return the pieces for you. The price per look starts at $85. Contact @Balandina_style_fashion if you are interested in her services, she specializes in fashion for kids, teens and adults.