Mini-Session or General Session?

Lots of clients wonder if a mini-session or general 1-hr session is better for their family. Both types of sessions have benefits depending on what you’re hoping to get out of your family photos.

Mini-sessions are an affordable option to update your family photos, to capture photos for holiday cards or gifts, or to capture your growing baby/toddler between general sessions. We typically offer these twice a year. Our mini-sessions are twenty minutes long and run back to back with other clients throughout an entire day (10-12 sessions per day). Location, date, and time are pre-selected by the photographer. Time does not allow for more than five individuals per session or any type of wardrobe change. Clients receive 10-15 final images and a percentage discount on optional professional prints.

Photo from a mini-session shows a more direct portrait approach.

General sessions run a full hour and the focus is entirely on your family that day. There is no rushing, which leaves time for babies and children to warm up to those crazy people behind the big camera so we can get natural smiles, more candids, and truly capture the connections in your family. The location and time of day is your choice and there is time for quick wardrobe changes if desired. The greatest advantage of booking a general session is that we have time to get to know your family and what works best to get the kind of photos you desire. You get a full story on your hour spent with us by receiving 40+ images returned in both color and black and white versions along with a print credit to use towards an optional professional print order (we are happy to provide guidance in placing your print order).

Photo from a general session showing more emotion and connection between family members.

Both types of sessions will give you those updated family photos you desire. One offers more affordability, while the other offers more flexibility and choice. It all comes down to what you think will work best for your family. If you are still unsure, we are always here to help! Feel free to get in touch with us to talk through your options at any time.

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