We are starting to test our hand at doing mini sessions, so I thought I would write a blog on what a mini session is all about and how to prepare and style for one! Mini sessions are great because they provide you with the opportunity to see what a full session will be like, but for roughly half the price. You get some amazing pictures without breaking the bank! Another benefit is that they usually only last around 15-30 minutes! So, if you have kids (or a husband), they don’t get bored as easily. ;). These sessions are absolutely perfect for anyone wanting to get a taste of how a photographer works, spend less money, less time, and still get some great portraits.
The biggest thing is, make sure you are on time or early to your session! Because it’s a mini session, if you show up 5-10 minutes late, this eats into your session and you end up only getting 10-15 minutes of session time. That’s huge when we’re talking about photos for Christmas cards and having options to choose from!
To avoid this, be sure and google the exact location if you aren’t sure. Have your photographer give you any special details on the location. If it’s at a large park, make sure they’ve specified where exactly you need to be.
Even though the session is short, make sure the kids have eaten beforehand. And surprise them with a treat for after the session. Maybe everyone goes out for ice cream afterwards if the kids do well. Or whatever it is that your kids love!
Unlike a full session, you only get to wear one outfit. With our full sessions, we encourage our couples to bring a more casual outfit and then one super nice outfit. With a mini session, you can decide whether to dress up or come more causal. We’re always going to encourage dressing up because it’s not every day you get photos done. And it’s just fun to get all fancy for photos! But, we understand that is not always everyone’s style. With that being said, here are some ideas to keep in mind when coordinating outfits and deciding on what to wear.
If you’re still curious how to coordinate outfits and colors that go well together, check out our Pinterest board here on “What To Wear”!