5 Tips for a Successful Mini Session

Aug 20, 2018

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of November and all of a sudden you realize you don’t have any good family photos to use for the holiday card. Panic sets in and you decide to set up the ol’ self timer on your iPhone 6 and hope for the best…
This is where mini sessions can step in and totally save the day: a 30 minute session can provide you with not only a great picture to use on the holiday card, but it can also give you some beautiful images that you can hang in your house, plaster all over Facebook, or send to the Grandparents as a gift!
Because of their affordability and quick nature, you can be in and out in no time and afford to keep coming back year after year to make sure your life is being documented at every step!
Check out my tips below to see how you can make the most of your mini session!
  1. Arrive a little earlier than you think you should | Since we’ll only have 30 minutes together, the session is going to be done before we know it. For this reason, it is super important for you to be early and ready to jump right in as soon as our session begins!
  2. Coordinate outfits | No one wants to find their photos trending with an #awkwardfamilyphotos tag on Instagram, so skip the full-on matching get-ups. Instead, take a little time to coordinate colors and patterns until you get the right shade of “we’re a thing”. If you need some inspiration, head on over to TLP’s Pinterest boards for some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/tigerlilyphotomn/lifestyle-in-home-outfit-ideas/ https://www.pinterest.com/tigerlilyphotomn/engagement-session-outfit-ideas/
  3. Skip the props and extra outfits | There just isn’t enough time to switch things up during a mini-session. Remember when I said your session will go fast? I really mean it. Thirty minutes will feel more like five minutes, especially if we have to constantly shift gears.
  4. Bribe your kids (or spouse!) | I realize that all the parenting experts in the world will likely be on my back for this one (#sorrynotsorry) but these sessions seriously cruise. If you want to make the most of it, make a deal with the fam to get ice cream or candy or whatever else will get them to give it their all for this little photo sesh. Then, bring it up any time you get the slightest hint that someone is not pulling their weight! If you have a super young babe, I suggest feeding and changing them right before you arrive to allow them to be as content as possible during our session! Since we’re moving fast from client to client on mini session days, a 10 minute diaper change break will really cut into your photo time and I want to make sure I can do everything in my power to allow you to get your full 30 minutes of shooting time with me!
  5. Have fun & relax | Above all else, make it a priority to enjoy your mini-session–it will 100% show in your photos. Blast some tunes on the way over and get your troops movin’ and groovin’. Keep conversations light, and remind everyone of that previously mentioned bribe. You’ve got this! Once you’ve done everything you can to prepare on your end, as soon as you walk through the doors, it’s my turn to pick up where you left off. My hope is that you enjoy the session as much as you enjoy the photos!
Click here to reserve your mini session spot with me on December 8! Each session is 30 minutes in length and you receive 20 digital images for only $150!
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