Benefits of Booking a Mini-Session and How to Prepare

There are many benefits to booking a mini-session. And as a mom, I have to say I love them!

For one, booking a mini-session allows you to try out a new photographer at very little risk.

Another great thing about mini-sessions is that you can just get a few images that you need or want. Perhaps it's that updated family photo you've been promising the grandparents (we've all been there, right?) or a maybe it's that profile image for LinkedIn that you realize hasn't been updated since 2011. 

In other words, there's always a reason to take advantage of mini-sessions when they're offered.

After all, for a relatively small investment of time and money, you get a professionally shot and post-processed image with great lighting, well thought out background and a lovely composition, all in less time than it takes you to finish your lunch break! 

But what can you really do in 30 minutes?, you may be asking yourself. Believe it or not, each of the images in this post were a result of sessions that ranged from 15 - 30 minutes. See? You don't have to give up your valuable free time (or lunch hour) to get a professional portrait done.

To get the most of your mini-session and the time with your photographer, here's a few things you can do to prepare.

Preparing for your mini-session

Have an idea of what it is you want to capture and let the photographer know. You don't have much time to get to know one another, so make sure you let your photographer know if there's something special that you'd love to capture. Although it may not be possible to get Archie's new tooth, it will help to know he has one! Or perhaps you have a side that you prefer to be photographed from. Don't be shy. Let your photographer know.

Dress well. Remember that you'll get something more than a snapshot, even if it won't take much longer. So make sure that your clothes sit well and look neat. Choose muted solid colors. Try to steer clear of visible logos and large patterns. Also, if there are multiple people being photographed together, choose complimentary colors or color temperatures.

Be ready and in place at least 15 minutes before your session. Starting a session frazzled and stressed will show in your pictures. If the mini-session is taking place in your home, be ready at least 15 minutes before the photographer arrives. If you're meeting out, come a little early so you're not rushing around trying to find the photographer. Also, prepare everyone in your group on what to expect.

Don't direct. Parents of small children will often, in an attempt to be helpful, bend down to direct their kids on how to stand or act. Believe me, as a parent, I understand that instinct. Although this may contribute to great good pictures of the children, more likely it'll result in lots of images of the crowns of the parents' heads. For best results, let the photographer direct the group, he/she should be used to directing people of all ages. 

And lastly, don't forget to have fun! If you're uncertain about how to sit or stand, and your photographer isn't helping you to feel comfortable, ask questions. Help him/her to help you get the most out of the session!

Currently I'm running a mini-session promotion. Have a look below and contact me to book your session today.

Enjoy a mini-session of your own with my "Happy Summer Mini Sessions" promotion.

You'll get 10 great images, including photo print release, online photo album and a complimentary FB cover photo for just $155 USD (3,500,000 VND). 

Tanya Olander