5 Tips for a Successful Fall Mini Session – Fort Worth Family Photographer

The thing about Fall Mini Sessions…well, there’s a few things. They’re quick. They’re typically scheduled back-to-back. They’re high in demand. And they’re low in inventory. So scheduling your Fall Mini Session and preparing for it can feel stressful. So I’ve pulled together my top 5 tips for making your family session easy and stress free!

Book your session early

Like I mentioned before – these sessions with your favorite Fort Worth photographer will be high in demand and low in inventory. They will sell fast and they will sell out. Most photographers open their sign-ups to their newsletter subscribers first, and then to the public a few days later. This gives those subscribers the first chance to book the sessions that work best with their schedule before they sell out. If you aren’t on my newsletter list and would like first dibs on my fall mini sessions, you can sign up here:

Choose clothing early

When I say early, I mean finalize everyone’s looks at least a week or two in advance. That way you have a buffer to find a replacement if you need different sizes or don’t love how something fits. I always suggest choosing Mom’s outfit first. If you can find something that you feel comfortable and beautiful in, you can then build the rest of the family’s outfits around that. I also recently shared a blog post that talks about exactly how to choose each piece of your family’s look – make sure you read it here to learn all about the simple building blocks that create a cohesive look that photographs beautifully.

Arrive early

Are you sensing a theme here? If your mini session is at a location you need to drive to, make sure you allow extra time and arrive early. Fall mini sessions are limited and are booked back to back. If you are late to your session, it will cut into your shooting time, and it is unlikely that you’ll be able to reschedule. Tell your husband that your session is 10 minutes earlier than it actually is so you’ll be on time! That trick always works!

Keep the mood light

Because these sessions are so short, this means there is less time for your children to warm up to your photographer. So parents! We need you to keep things light and fun with your kids BEFORE the session and it will make things go a lot smoother. Play their favorite music or game in the car on the way to the session. Turn it into a fun family evening out so they have something to look forward to – session, dinner, family ice cream date.

Trust your photographer

Family pictures can feel intimidating and stressful – especially when it is only a 20 minute session. This is where trusting your photographer comes in! Come to your session ready to hop in and willing to listen to what your photographer wants you to do. Let your photographer handle your kids – resist the urge to tell them to “Look at the camera!” and “Smile!” Your photographer knows the tricks to get the best photos of your family in such a short period of time, so let them lead the way!

I hope these tips help you feel relaxed and prepared for your mini session! Any question? Drop them below in the comments! Ready to book? Contact me here so I can get you added to the waiting list!

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