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What’s a Mini Session?

Mini sessions are a great opportunity to work with the photographer you’ve been coveting for a while. You know, the profile you scroll through on Insta or FB more times than you’d like to admit? The one you can’t help but click that little red heart or give them a thumbs up when they showcase a new client photo?

Many photographers do mini sessions once or twice a year. This is a great cash injection for our businesses and it’s also an opportunity for families to support their favorite photographer at a discounted price. Mini sessions can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as a half hour.

Here are some things to consider when contemplating if a mini session is for you.

  • What’s your vision? Do you prefer an indoor shoot with matching pj’s sipping on hot coco? Maybe you want to get glammed up and strut your stuff in the city or at a local park? Do you want to go with a more casual look and be in nature to enjoy that crisp autumn air? Make sure you speak to your photographer about your vision to see how they can make it happen.
  • BE ON TIME. Punctuality is crucial on mini sessions. Your photographer will be working with families back to back so to get the most out of this experience being on time means E-v-e-r-Y-t-h-a-n-g!
  • Don’t hesitate. Book as soon as your photographer announces their dates. These spots sell out quickly. In the words of Lin Manuel Miranda’s rendition of Alexander Hamilton: don’t be “throwin away [your] shot.”
  • Put your family look together A.S.A.P. Clothing stores are open again. If you want to do the matching pj shots — Target and Old Navy usually have a great selection but again — these items are super popular so don’t wait.
  • If you have small children prepare them for the photoshoot. Let them know why this is important to you. Teach them how to smile. Acquaint them with your photographer. Log onto your photographer’s website and go to their About section.  Show your children a picture of your photographer so they can be less apprehensive the day of the shoot. If they don’t want to leave your arms, it’s ok. Allow them to be themselves. Your photographer is a pro — they will know what to do.
  • PRINT YOUR PICTURES. Covid has kept all of away from our extended families. The way it’s looking — it may interfere with family traditions that come with this time of year. Why not send your family & friends a greeting card with your smiling faces to let them know you are thinking about them? Don’t just share your images with loved ones. Make sure you print a couple for yourself as well to decorate your home with. It’s a beautiful reminder for your children and for yourself. A home decorated with pictures of the family is a beautiful tool to help you reflect on how much you’ve matured, how far you’ve come together as a family unit. It’s a great motivator when times get tough and you need a visual aide to encourage you to keep going. Print your pictures!

2020 has been a heck of a year. It came with many lessons, one of which is that tomorrow is not guaranteed. So many of us have lost loved ones in this time and pictures help us cope with their loss. Friends — don’t wait. Do today what you may not be able to do tomorrow. Document your love. Invest in your most precious legacy. 

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