Warning: This is a long post with a ton of information. You are more than welcome to contact me with any questions you may have.
With the amount of inquiries coming in about child, family, and maternity sessions – I have been a bit overwhelmed, and wondering what I could do to A. Keep the cost of sessions affordable for my new and past clients and B. Make it so I wasn’t driving to six different sessions all over the East Bay in one day, every weekend – and missing out on my much loved family time. After my sister’s great idea -God bless Ashley- about Beach Mini Sessions, I decided that is where I would focus a lot of my energy now. It is the best fit for my busy family and I think it will be awesome for my clients as well.
So what is a mini session? Well, a mini session is a session that lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes vs. an hour or more at a full session. It gives you anywhere from 8-12 images vs. 25-35 images from a full session.
These sessions would be ideal for the following:
*Maternity - For anyone who has ever done a maternity session before, you know you probably won’t hang 35 images of your pregnant belly around your house. So these are perfect to capture the moment you want to remember but at a more affordable cost.
*Child – Babies and Children grow so fast, this is an easy way to continue to capture their first year and on without the high cost.
*Family pictures – We all have our reasons for taking family photos. Maybe it is with our children as they grow, grandma’s birthday is coming up, or you just lost 50 pounds. Whatever the reason a mini session could be a great option to keep the cost down and still obtain the photos you are looking for.
*Engagement sessions – This would be perfect for a fast and painless engagement session.
What these sessions would not be ideal for:
*For a larger group – These sessions are quick, and while I believe I try to complete my job as easy and quickly as possible – the more people at a session the harder it is to do it quickly. Every mini session will have a cap to the number of people allowed to be captured. Full sessions are available for larger groups.
*For newborns – Newborns are long sessions. Newborns need time to eat, time for diaper changes, and to get settled into those sleepy poses. You can’t rush those.
*Boudoir sessions – Mini sessions will be captured outdoors, so boudoir photo shoots will only be available as full sessions.
*Family session with very young children – not all young children will do well at mini sessions. Their is a reason why most photographers like an hour to capture sessions, sometimes children take awhile to warm up to that massive black camera in their face. If you have a shy child or a camera shy child, you make want to invest your money into a full session so you don’t waste any on a session that won’t yield the results you are hoping for.
Photography is an investment; just like a Coach purse, or Baby Jogger stroller – except these are pictures of your baby/family/engagement that you will have forever to remember this moment in time you will never get back. After knowing what you do about your children/family and the process of mini vs full session, it shouldn’t be hard to know which one suits your family best.
More Information on Minis:
I will be offering mini sessions roughly every 30-60 days in different locations all over the Bay Area. They will be a supply/demand type of thing – so the more I hear from clients stating they would like one, the more I will have available. Each “mini session day” will have a limited number of appointments available at each location and a deposit is due to hold your time and is non-refundable.
As I said before these mini sessions are a maximum of 30 minutes and will include the digital images in the price. They will cost less them my normal pricing since I will be able to stay in one location and have my clients come to me. The price will change slightly with each mini session due to the following:
*length of time
*amount of people allowed to be captured at the session
*the amount of digital images edited and given to each client
PLEASE NOTE: Since mini sessions are at such a reduced rate I will not be excepting discounted gift certificates or gift certificates obtained at auctions. Those are for full sessions only. Please email me with any questions you may have on that.
Every “Mini Session Day” will have a blog post with all the details regarding what is offered and the cost. Please also sign up for my monthly newsletter to ensure you are up to date on the most current information for Amanda Rachelle Photography. Signing up is easy and fast – click on the “More Info” tab on the left hand side of my blog and fill in your name and email address to be added to the list.
I know that was a lot of information – so if you have any questions at all about these mini session or where the next one will take place, please feel free to contact me by hitting the contact button on the menu bar above.