For those of you who’ve booked a mini session with me before, this will all sound familiar.
I have a lot of new client/friends who booked this year, so I thought this post would be helpful!
Every year, for the past 6 years, clients have asked me questions like, “Will 20 minutes be enough time to get enough shots?” or “What do we wear?” or “What will our setting look like?”
I’ve put together a whole post to answer these questions, and in hopes that you’ll show up prepared and relaxed for your family mini session! : )
Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for, and to help you know what to expect from your family mini session:
1. ARRIVING EARLY IS IMPORTANT
- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE show up 15 minutes early – If you’re late, it will cut in to your precious session time.
Also, please wait in your car so the family before you is not distracted!
To be fair, I won’t take time away from the session after you. We only have so much “good” sunlight to work with in a day!
I’ll send you a detailed map to your location in an email.
If you’re nervous about being able to find it, it’s a great idea to scope location beforehand!
2. HAVE PATIENCE
Have you ever arrived for a photo session wanting to rip your hair out because your kids are being crazy? Yes? I see it ALL the time!
Try to refrain from scolding.
This usually turns into tears from the kiddo and frustration from the parents… not a great recipe for fun-filled family photos!
You’ve been rushing around for the past hour and a half getting everyone ready- now, it’s time to relax!
It’s my JOB to get your kids to smile!
We have squeaky chickens, pink hair, and tickle bugs on-hand at all sessions.
I’ve been known to throw out a, “say monkey poop!” so just be prepared for that! : )
3. LOOK FABULOUS
All of our Fall Family Minis will be held in a “natural” and timeless setting. Think grass/trees/outdoorsy type photos.
Some great clothing tips:
- don’t try to match, do try to coordinate!
- try to avoid WHITE
- wear bold colors, layers, accessories, vests, scarves, etc.
- clothes that are more fitted translate better to photographs than baggy ones.
- sleeveless shirts, high necklines, turtlenecks and clothes with logos/writing on them don’t provide timeless looks like more traditional clothing choices will.
Some great shops for your kiddos:
(I believe you can order online from the two clothing stores, and I KNOW Clairebow Baby ships all over the world)
I’ll be bringing these three chairs (pictured below)…. along with a burnt orange chair, and POSSIBLY a navy bench.
4. KNOW WHICH SHOTS TO EXPECT
Yes, 15 minutes is plenty of time to get you the shots you need! (and most of the time MORE)
Here’s a little outline of what you can expect…
3-5 different “everyone look at the camera”, Christmas card, mantel shots
2-3 kids together shots
2-3 individuals of each of your kids
2-3 just mom and dad (think engagement session throwback)
If there is time, I love to get shots of each parent with each kiddo. You are promised 15 to 20 images, but most of the time we end up with more!
If this is the case, you will have the option to purchase extra images for $10 per image!
5. HAVE FUN
I want this to be more than just a photo session!
I want you to have fun and LOVE the experience!
Making kids giggle is the highlight of my job. I just love them.
So, leave your worries on the bathroom counter with your curling iron and make up, mama.
We are going to have a blast!!
LAST LITTLE TIP: Please use the first couple of minutes to make me aware of anything I need to know!
Maybe you like your swoop side better than your part side.
Let’s face it… if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! : )
Maybe you have an extra shy kiddo, or a child with special needs.
(I’m usually pretty good at reading kiddos’ personalities right away, but since we have a limited amount of time with minis, it’s good for me to have a heads-up about this sort of thing!)
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you feel more prepared.
I know it’s a lot to take in, but it really will be so much fun! I can’t wait to see you and your sweet family at your mini session. : )