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Casting Call!

UPDATE: July, 27, 2016—We are no longer accepting submissions for this photo shoot. Thank you for your interest. 

WHAT: We are looking for a small number of children ages 5 to 8 to participate in a photo shoot showcasing two exhibitions within the WildWoods nature adventures. We are also seeking a father/daughter or grandfather/granddaughter duo with the child being between 5 and 8. These photos may be used for advertising, public relations/media photos, website, marketing, signage, brochures and/or a variety of other uses by Fernbank Museum. There is no guarantee that all shots or participants will be featured.

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: The photo shoot will take place at Fernbank Museum (767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta) and will focus on the new WildWoods outdoor exhibits, which will open in early fall. The photo shoot will take place outdoors.

CHILDREN: Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the photo shoot, and all participants must sign a photo release as well as a waiver of liability since the shoot will be surrounded by construction.

DETAILS: During the shoot, participants will be asked to enjoy one or two of the exhibit areas, taking direction on specific actions (smiling, walking, pointing, talking, exploring, etc.) from the photography team. Most photos will only require children but we will also be shooting one shot of a father or grandfather carrying a child on his shoulders.


  • You must arrive at the Museum at 7 a.m.
  • All participants (children and adults alike) must be comfortable in front of cameras and should not be shy.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must remain onsite with child(ren) during shoot.
  • Participants should bring both summer and fall outfits, and all clothes should be wrinkle free.
  • Do bring:
    • short sleeve and long sleeve tops in bright colors
    • lightweight sweaters, jackets and fleeces
    • shorts, jeans, khakis or solid-colored skirts (Please bring at least one pair of full-length pants or leggings.)
    • clothing with stripes or subtle patterns OK
    • shoes for playing outside (Conditions may be muddy, so participants are encouraged to bring a second pair of shoes if possible.)
  • Do not bring:
    • tank tops
    • athletic apparel
    • apparel with prominent logos, graphics or bold patterns
    • trendy clothing
    • Crocs/flip flops
    • jewelry other than stud earrings
  • Bring sunscreen, bug repellent and any other outdoor items you may need to stay comfortable.
  • Have make-up/hair already fixed.
  • We will have an indoor staging area, allowing all participants some access to air-conditioning and bathrooms between shots.
  • There will be some downtime so please only submit your information if you will be OK with some sitting around and waiting. You are welcome to bring books, iPads, simple games, etc. for entertainment during down time.
  • We will have water and snacks for participants.


HOW TO SIGN UP: Interested parents should send the following details (MUST answer all questions to be considered) to with PHOTO SHOOT in the subject:

Full name(s):
Email Address:
Daytime and evening phone numbers (We will not call after 9 p.m.)
Number of children available between ages 5-8 and their individual ages:
Number of parents/grandparents in attendance and whether interested in being photographed if needed
Clothing sizes for all participants: shirt, pant, shoe and dress sizes (if applicable)

Please attach a photo of available participants.
If you have outfits you are considering for the shoot, please also mail photographs of those so we can finalize looks and/or offer recommendations.

We will not be able to respond to all applicants. All who are selected to participate will receive further details no later than Wednesday, July 27 (by noon). Please do not attend the photo shoot if you do not receive a confirmation email. We often fill up quickly so those who respond first are most likely to be selected.

THANK YOU TICKETS: Participants who are here for the entire shoot (or until officially released by Fernbank staff) and adhere to all specifications will receive 4 passes to the Museum and 4 passes to an IMAX® film (tickets are total amount given per family) so they can come back and enjoy Fernbank at their leisure. No further compensation or cash will be provided.

Space is limited! We will ONLY contact those individuals selected to participate and space will likely fill up quickly. No phone calls, please. If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation email by noon on Wednesday, July 27 with further details. Only those who receive a confirmation email will be admitted to the shoot.