If you follow this blog, then you’ll know I’m a certifiable Zulily fan, my all time favourite daily deals website for mums, babies and kids. If you’ve taken a peek you’ll no doubt agree they sell fabulous clothes, toys and home wares at prices hard to beat. What you probably don’t know however is that they also offer your child the chance to model for a day!
Like all mums I think my kids are pretty cute so when I realised they could be the faces of the next Zulily brand campaigns, I jumped at it. Sure, I’ve thought about putting my kids into modeling but didn’t fancy the pressure that went with it – the “look books”, the castings, the commitment,… “No thanks”! But, for Zulily? Well, I promised I tried, but resistance….. no chance!
It was just after lunch when we arrived for the shoot. Nap time! Hardly my favourite hour on the best of days, let alone saddled with an 8 month old baby, and two little girls who simply can’t stand still, and not a bed in sight for miles in any direction. Fortunately it wasn’t long before we were ushered inside. Despite me being outnumbered 3 to 1, the staff at Zulily were understanding, prepared and supportive throughout. While the girls happily occupied themselves with the abundance of toys, I sank into the comfortable lounge and breathed a huge sigh of relief. The kids were entertained and more importantly, contained.
When the time came around, separating my daughters from their chocolate biscuits was no easy task, but somehow we managed and they were prepped, dressed and pressed for their first photo shoot. My 4 year old was adorned in the most stylish (and no doubt expensive) tracksuit she will ever wear, whilst my 2 year old was decked out in a gorgeous silk dress. They sure looked the part, but could they play the part? It was crunch time!
With fingers crossed, and the promise of more chocolate in the offering, we descended to the studio where for the first time in their lives my daughters were dumbstruck (I’ll cherish it always). Like most girls their age they get “smile for the camera” but with no ordinary camera, walls made of paper and all eyes on them, it was all we could do to keep them from bringing the whole set down on our heads!
Before losing all hope the photographer tried a different tack. How about some music?“Just to loosen the girls up”. And thats when “gangnam style” modeling was born and “the shot” was nailed.
Next up was a shoot for a toy brand called Kliky, this time just with my 4 year old in the spotlight. Fortunately, all she had to do was play in front of the camera and look pretty. Now that was something she could do – no matter how tired she was and oblivious to the fact that she was being photographed. Success!
With things a wrap for my older two now it was time for my youngest to share the stage. Zulily hadn’t planned on using my baby for a campaign but by this time I was planning my new career in model management so offered her up for the taking and fortunately Zuilily were happy to oblige. Mon Marcel – I was rapt. I’d always loved the brand – classic pieces of undeniable quality. It was the last shoot of the day and went off without a hitch. Perhaps that had something to do with the fact that my baby couldn’t help but stay still – she’s not even crawling, let alone walking. And even without the walk she was the perfect model.
“And that’s a wrap”! Zulily got their shots (against all odds) and my girls and I had gone behind the scenes to model for some of their fantastic campaigns. The ultimate groundhog day escape! It wasn’t easy (nothing ever is with kids), but the friendly and supportive staff at Zulily were there every step of the way making it one of the most enjoyable days I’ve had for a long time!
If you fancy making it big at Zulily too – all you have to do is fill out the application form on the website. If you’re not a member of Zulily, you can join here to access all the fabulous sales Zulily puts on daily. For a limited time, you can even save 10% on any purchases you make over £30 when you use the discount code MUMHEART53. You have until 19 March 2013. What are you waiting for – get shopping!