My model child

So the other day, I walked into my local Morrisons and saw the poster above my head and screamed (sorry to the lady in front of me who jumped)…but I had good reason because there, hanging over me in the Nutmeg clothes aisle was a large, make that MASSIVE poster featuring my son Oliver (4) modelling (far right)!

…You see, he did the shoot months ago and although he was selected from the casting to model for Nutmeg, you never know if his face will make the final campaign plus details are kept close to the client’s chest so I wasn’t even told, hence the huge surprise…I was actually overcome with joy and pride (and here’s me thinking I’m not a stage Mum ;)), I even welled up!

modelling-Honest Mum

…I took Oliver back later as he wasn’t with me at the time and he was a little surprised to see himself too! “Is that me?” he asked before posing with his tongue out below (ha)…then a moment later he’d forgotten all about it and was requesting an ice lolly! No diva behaviour there thankfully!

…He did become a little shy when the cashiers overheard us and came out to meet him though calling him the Nutmeg boy though-cute!

…This was actually the first campaign Oliver has taken part in that I wasn’t directly involved in…as a director he’s featured in a few things I’ve been at the helm of and when I’ve appeared on camera too- most recently some Yahoo films for Fairy Non Bio I featured in discussing parenting which you can watch HERE and HERE playing with his brother Alexander (which took only 30 mins of filming) and an important film I directed on the pregnancy liver condition ICP/ OC below which I had with Oliver.

All fun, quick shoots I was involved in…

His very first taste of modelling was bitter sweet for me though-aged 6 months below on a swimming nappy campaign shoot at Pinewood-I felt uncomfortable as I was in the water with him and I wasn’t sure if we’d return to it, to be honest…you can read my post about it HERE

Oliver baby-Honest Mum

However, since starting the blogs (my style one especially) and seeing how much both my boys adore the camera (Oliver likes to take photographs too) I thought we’d attend the casting and play it by ear-the shoot was a few hours over 1 day for him with tonnes of breaks, lots of food and he laughed his way it all, from viewing the clothes and having a say in how his hair was styled.

I was there with him along with my Dad, Papa G (his Grandad) who was bursting with pride, sat by the monitor. It felt very different to that first baby shoot he had.

Oliver-Honest Mum

Oliver loving a family shoot with Kirsty Mattsson Photography recently.

This time, I felt totally relaxed, comfortable and confident he was happy and enjoying himself.

Oliver made friends with the other kids modelling too, was treated so kindly by all the crew and it was amazing watching his confidence grow from start to finish.

He and Alexander have both been taken on by a major agency but I won’t be going from casting to casting-I’m busy and I don’t want this to be a huge part of my boys’ little lives-it’s fun and every so often, great and I am of course very proud but kids should be kids…

This is a nationwide campaign so you’ll be seeing him in stores across the country that stock Nutmeg and online too. Aw look at my boy! Did I mention I’m immensely proud? Did I?

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47 Responses

  1. Kate Thompson

    My eldest used to model with Scallywags years ago. Lots of fun! He was the Pronuptia pageboy and in a few other mainstream things 🙂

  2. Thelifeofwife

    Wow that is so exciting! It sounds like the people running the shoot really had the kids in mind with the organisation which is great, glad he enjoyed it!

  3. Thelifeofwife

    Wow that is so exciting! It sounds like the people running the shoot really had the kids in mind with the organisation which is great, glad he enjoyed it!


  4. Michelle

    Well done, it’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t know they modeled he’s look great. My oldest did a few jobs and Scarlett too 🙂 x

  5. Franglaise Mummy

    Go you! And go Oliver! You’ve got such beautiful boys, I’m not surprised they’re being snapped up in shoots. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him 🙂

  6. Victoria Mylittlel

    thats very nice, i would of been shocked as well if i didn’t know. I was under impression that if kids are in a fashion, photography they dont have childhood maybe I was wrong

    • honestmum

      Hi Victoria, I can only speak for my own and that’s not the case, they’ve only done a few things here and it’s very important they have a childhood which they do. Thanks for your comment x

  7. Sarah MumofThree World

    That’s gorgeous! No wonder you’re proud. I would love to see pics of my kids up in a shop like this. The other day my daughter asked me how the girls got to wear the nice clothes in Next Directory because she’d like to do that!

  8. suzanne3childrenandit

    Wow, no wonder you were proud! He looks chuffed to bits too 🙂 My eldest did a little bit of modelling for Debenhams when she was around 9/10 months old. She was a little star and really enjoyed it but then I got pregnant and couldn’t cope with all the castings in London. We have the catalogue to keep though, such a lovely keepsake. That really is one big poster!

  9. Mummy Says

    You should be proud, what a wonderful achievement, and I’m sure he learnt a great deal from the experience. You have a brilliant attitude towards them modelling too xx

  10. Mel

    Congratulations Oliver… another star in the making! \what a great surprise that must have been! x Mel #BrillBlogPosts

  11. Julie goodlad

    He’s definitely a natural and looks like he was having lots of fun. Perfect match for the brand x

  12. Notmyyearoff

    Awwww wow!! He is a gorgeous little boy so I can totally see why he got picked but I think I would have screamed too 🙂 I hope you get to eventually that that humoungous poster home!

    • honestmum

      @Notmyyearoff thanks darling, yes the manager said she will keep it for me-there until September then will be framed for his room! x


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