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Mini Session Guide

I am so excited for all the 2024 mini sessions I am offering! My goal is to make each mini session run smoothly and hopefully make the preparation a little less stressful. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need help with outfits before your mini session. Below you will find my go to tips when getting ready for your mini session. 

Preparing For Your Mini Session

Outfits

It's important to choose outfits that make you feel confident and reflect your family's personal style. However, some outfits photograph better than others. If you can, limit patterns to one or two max. I like to choose who will be wearing the pattern then choose colors for the rest of the family based on that pattern. Pick colors that match the season. Also, neutrals and muted colors also photograph really well. For example, instead of bright pink, blush would be better. I have created a Pinterest board here with outfit inspiration. I also have a highlight saved on my here on my Instagram with links to outfits.

Feel free to text or email me with photos of your outfits if you need advice! I am here to help you. 

Arrival

Please plan to arrive to your mini session at least 5 minutes early or 10 minutes if you plan to dress everyone when you arrive. Mini sessions are very short in time so I want to be sure that we use the entire time to capture photos of your family. If you are late, we will still end on time since all my mini sessions are back to back. 

What to Bring

Snacks on snacks on snacks, and if necessary, treats to bribe kiddos with! (However, it’s best not to tell kids about the treats before the session; wait until the kids start getting tired before you pull out the candy card! They’ll usually perk right up then!) Also, make

sure the snacks/treats won’t stain lips or fingers! 

 

Any personal appearance touchup items you might want, including things like lipstick or a hairbrush.

Prep

Prepare your kids with laid-back, low-key references to let them know what’s happening. Get them excited for the photoshoot. If you are excited, they will be too. Tell them you will be “hanging out with our friend Lauren on Saturday!” or “going to see a Christmas tree and lights!” and keep things fun, lighthearted, and casual. This can be helpful if they have a particularly shy child. 

You can also have them help be involved in the planning process by helping decide what they should wear or fun poses that they can do with you. Lastly, you can offer them an incentive for after the photoshoot if the do well like going to get ice cream or going to their favorite restaurant. 

Have all outfits laid out the night before so you are not running around trying to get everything together before you have to leave. 

Make sure everyone gets a good night's sleep or nap and eats a good meal before the session. 

Final Checklist

Some things you may not want to forget:​

  1. Everyone's outfits

  2. Bite-sized snacks/ treats/ candy. Something that will is not messy for clothes and fingers. 

  3. Water bottle (for warmer sessions)

  4. Jacket (for colder sessions)

  5. Hairbrush, hair spray, touch up makeup, etc. 

  6. Diapers, wipes, tissues, etc. 

  7. Child's favorite toy or comfort item. 

After Your Mini Session

After your mini session, I work hard to get the galleries to you as soon as possible. I know many families are wanting to order holiday cards. My goal is to get all mini session galleries sent out within 10-14 days. Usually I get them out sooner. 

If you are wanting to print the photos, I recommend choosing a high quality printing service. Some of my favorites are MPix orNations Photo Lab.

Lastly, ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS! I am passionate about printed photos because then you can see it and appreciate it in your home every single day. I can’t wait to help you create something beautiful, timeless, and meaningful, just for your family. Thank you for choosing me to be your trusted photographer. I can’t wait to love on your family and leave you with beautiful artwork you will love for decades to come.

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