What kind of photo session scheduler are you?
Do you intentionally schedule a photo session to document your family interacting in your home, playing with their favorite toys, being themselves? Or do you only reach out to your favorite photographer at the end of summer to book your fall mini session for holiday card photos?
Let me tell you why you may want to reconsider only waiting for those fall mini sessions…..
Firstly, if your family is anything like mine, fall is BUSY. School has started, holidays are back to back to back (I see you Labor Day weekend, Halloween trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinner with multiple families, Hanukkah celebrations, Christmas parties…), commitments are every single weekend.
My family has much more flexibility during the spring and summer, when schedules aren’t super packed with kid’s activities and sports or family commitments for the holidays. Trying to find a mini session date to get my family photographed during all the craziness of fall is stressful!
Secondly, mini sessions are short, you guys. 20 minutes tops. I know a lot of you are saying, “My kid will only last 20 minutes and they’re done!” Its actually the opposite, trust me on this! If you have an upset or super shy child, that unfortunately cuts into your photo session time. Children need time to relax, warm up, to feel comfortable. A full family session allows me to play with your kiddos, get to know them, and gain their trust so they feel comfortable and are themselves in front of the camera. That’s when I capture the REALLY good stuff!
Lastly, mini sessions only include a handful of images. A full family session is a much better value in terms of what you get for the money you spend. I will definitely get the “everyone smile at the camera” photo in a full in-home family session, along with all the emotion and feeling and details and everything else that can be difficult to capture in a quick 20 minute session.
Don’t get me wrong – mini sessions are great for capturing just the holiday card photo. But if you want images that show the REAL essence of your family, I’d encourage you to consider a full family session instead of waiting until the hustle and bustle of the fall time.