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What IS a mini session?
In short, a mini session is essentially an abbreviated standard session. Once you’ve signed up for a time slot, you just show up (a little early) for your session. Then, when it’s your turn, you simply stand in front of the camera and work it. When your 60 minutes is up, the next client steps into the spotlight and you can run off on your merry way. Because mini sessions are shorter (roughly 60 minutes for each client), you pay less money than you would for a standard session. Pretty sweet, huh?
The thing about mini sessions is that a lot of them have themes, usually for holidays or seasons. I also like to take the less thematic route and instead offer a series of spring, summer and fall mini sessions on location or take a montage of head-shots (Instagram, selfie, pulling faces style). I do offer a winter session, but this really is for the brave. Winter is beautiful; it is also very cold!
Obviously, a mini session needs to run smoothly and stay on schedule so that every family gets their 60 minutes. Plus, nobody likes to be stressed out. Here are five easy ways you can make sure your mini session goes off without a hitch!
1. Be on time. And by on time, I mean 10 minutes early! Make sure you have everything ready to go, as well. When you’re ready to step up as soon as it’s your turn it makes a world of difference.
2. Check and read your emails to get the information about your mini session theme. Because there could be props and that sort of thing, I may be giving suggestions for colours or clothing to wear to prevent clashing with the background.
3. Make sure your children are well rested and fed. A kiddo with a full belly and plenty of sleep is one who is happier to be in front of the camera.
4. Dress comfortably. When you (and/or the kids) are in clothes they feel comfortable in, the photos turn out that much better. Try not to wear clothes that constrict or are made from itchy materials. Take it from someone who’s been photographing people for years: your discomfort shows!
5. Get excited! Make a day of planning out what you’ll wear and spend a few extra minutes in front of the mirror pampering yourself. Why not?
What to expect when photographing your baby:
Before the session: When contacted I recommend that a newborn is photographed by the 7 days old mark. It is not essential, but is more likely to guarantee a sleepy baby. In fact, if you make an appointment while pregnant, I will pencil in a time around the due date and when he/she arrives give a permanent time after the birth.
During the session:
- These sessions can last as long as 3.5hours because of changing, feeding etc. The baby calls-the-shots here, and everyone involved is a slave to them and I am no exception; this is why I make newborn sessions longer than the others.
- Babies generally don’t mind being dressed rather than undressed; so to arrive in a sleeper without a vest underneath is perfect. If you would like to be in a photo with your baby, I suggest light colours (no patterns) as this photographs cleanly, simply and beautifully.
- Be prepared for messes. Babies do not hold anything back, not matter how messy. I have been spit up on etc. (it isn’t a problem) but cloths and wipes will likely be needed and are much appreciated.
After the session: Once the images are edited (my aim is within two weeks), I will post them in an online gallery for viewing. You will be emailed login details, and can pass these along to family and friends if you wish. Every photographer has their own style and their own formula as to how they consider a successful baby shoot will go. While I do not photograph babies exclusively, this is what you can expect when I photograph your new addition.
Introducing George & Loretta’s new baby; Lucas.
It’s funny, but I haven’t had much luck with babies who sleep through their photo sessions lately. Little Lucas was another one who wasn’t particularly interested, or was too interested; depending on how you look at it.
There was a window where he did sleep, and I really did make the most of it… I had to. The rest of the time he was content being held cosily wrapped up while feeding… not that I’m complaining, I’m a sucker for babies!
This was an interesting one – a seven week old baby who was not tired in the least. He was so curious and alert that he really gave me a run-for-my-money. He was cute though, SUPER cute in fact!!
It was understandable why because baby Oscar had a big brother Jake who was pretty curious himself, so I had a lot of questions to answer. He was lovely though, and a very good big brother. I have no doubt that Oscar won’t have any trouble keeping up to him one day.
I have to say – that photo of the two boys together is pretty cute.
When I originally set up my website I had this idea that I had to have pink in it so that everyone knew that I, Leslie, am a girl. It’s not an issue as such, but it seems to be brought up here in Scotland more than it ever was/has been in Canada. It seems to have a stronger male association here… or maybe they were just trying to make conversation? Anyway, I’m clearly over that and have gone for clean white. I have also popped in a (NOT) Instagram page, because I have random photos of things that have caught my eye which I have taken with my camera – not phone – and edited myself; which I thought you might like a look through. It’s also possible that I have been looking at Oh Comely for too long. Whatever the reason though, I’m happy with my decision and hope everyone approves of the new look and likes the new page.
Sometimes it’s nice to revisit old photos. I was asked to provide an older photo (that was originally a colour copy) in black and white for someone. It’s funny how everything comes back to you when you look through photos from an old shoot. I remember Freya was looking for owls in the trees and had told everyone that she was going to be a model that day…She was adorable!
The end of this year has been a bit manic. It will be through to Christmas for me unfortunately so I haven’t advertised any fall offers. I am planning to put a push on offers and advertising in the early New Year though so keep an eye out for those.
August Photo a Day – Day Two
Thing One does NOT fit into this shirt anymore, but was a good enough sport to let me take this as long as I made it quick… blue hair would really have pushed my luck!! He’s not so little anymore and doesn’t do the opposite of what you say, he is really growing up. “He says you may feel free to call him Thing A if you like. He will also accept Super Thing, Thing King, Kid Dynamite, Chocolate Thun-da or
Ben Lewis.” – The Cat In The Hat
Thing One does NOT fit into this shirt anymore, but was a good enough sport to let me take this as long as I made it quick… blue hair would really have pushed my luck!! He’s not so little anymore and doesn’t do the opposite of what you say, he is really growing up.
“He says you may feel free to call him Thing A if you like. He will also accept Super Thing, Thing King, Kid Dynamite, Chocolate Thun-da or