One of the most common sentiments I hear from prospective clients is how hard it is to afford a professional photographer. If you are strapped for cash, and can’t afford a full session, keep your eyes peeled for their special offers, like mini sessions. The mini is where the photographer has a location or studio set up for a specific time-frame , and/or theme. The theme could be very simple, or could be incredibly elaborate, but usually somewhere in-between.
I have offered three different styles of mini sessions this year. We had an Easter theme, with a live bunny, a Fall theme, at a pumpkin patch, and a Winter Holiday theme in my studio. Depending on demand, there may only be one day available for sessions, or they could offer multiple days and times for each theme.
Inevitably, some people misunderstand the mini-session and don’t realize that it is a limited time offer, once the spots fill up, they are gone, and any session booked after that will be a full price session. Weeks after a mini session, I will have requests for appointments based on the special pricing. With the lower pricing, it makes it affordable for clients who otherwise, would not get their photos done,
20 minutes can go by very quickly, and oftentimes clients only remember their child pouting, but not the many smiles in-between, and are pleasantly surprised by the results.
I only hope to have many more experiences with the mini session next year. I am already thinking up new themes for the spring- I think I’m ditching the traditional Easter studio work, and may end up in a beautiful outdoor spring scene for the upcoming season.
Here are some of my favorite shots from this year’s Winter mini sessions: