Today, I wanted to talk about the mini session. Some of you have asked, why a mini session for you or your family. Well, hopefully today I can answer the questions and concerns you have. Many photographers offer “mini sessions” when booking a shoot, and sometimes that can get a little confusing. What is a mini session? Why should you choose it? What can be photographed as a mini session instead of a full length session?

A mini session is a short 15 minute session.

This is going to sound pretty simple, but a mini session is a shorten version of a full session. Every photographer probably does them a little differently. My mini sessions last about 20 minutes. I take loads of photos while we are together. Then I edit 25-35 images for you to pick your favorite 10. After you pick you 10 favorites, I send you a download pin, so you can get those puppies downloaded and sent off to be printed. If you are worried you might have a hard time picking out only 10, I do offer buying more at a very reasonable price.

I schedule mini sessions usually just once a year. They are usually held Friday and Saturday evenings. I also prearrange the locations for mini sessions. Some people really love the simplicity of a mini session. Everything is picked out and arranged. All that is left to do are the outfits. And I definitely will help you there too.

Should you choose a mini session?

Mini sessions really are an awesome alternative for those on a tight budget or those who plan to do more than one session in a year. I treat them pretty much the same as a full length session, but like I mentioned earlier, the number of pictures yielded is less and the amount of shooting time spent together is less. This outcome brings a smaller price, which might be what you are looking for.

When considering whether you should choose a mini session, you may be thinking about your loved ones. Sometimes our husbands are not always jumping up and down for family photos. I get that. Maybe you are worried your little person/people won't make it through a full length session. I also get that. I suggest trying out a mini session. Once you try that out, maybe the next year you will be ready to graduate to the full session. Or maybe you will find that a mini session works perfectly for your family.

Mini sessions can be for families, seniors, tweens and maternity sessions.

Most family related session types can be done as a mini session. It is common for me to photograph families, maternity, individuals like a child, seniors or tweens during a mini session. I try to be flexible. The only session I don't do as a mini are indoor newborn/baby sessions. All my mini sessions take place outdoors and at a predetermined location. I can take an outdoor newborn mini session if the weather is fit for your newborn. (Nice thing about lifestyle photography, your newborn session can be with their whole first month of life.)

Well, I hope this brought to you a better understanding of what a mini session is and how they work. What do you think? Is a mini session for you? Please let me know if you have any questions. If you think you rather book a full length session, please contact me by clicking the button below. I can't wait to hear from you Ellensburg families!

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