2018 Mini Session guide

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You made it! I'm so happy you're here too!

Here is everything you need to know about your upcoming photography session!

First and most importantly, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Being a mama of three is my most important job. Being a photographer with a flexible schedule allows me to be part of my family's daily chaos. Thank you for using my small business and giving me the best gift in the world.

Second, this is going to be fun! Family sessions are just the best. We will laugh and play and your kiddos will be guaranteed to leave with smiles. This session will be different than most family photography sessions you've had in the past. I value light, laughter, emotion, and fun over all else at these sessions so don't worry about standing around and awkwardly smiling at the camera. Come prepared for a good time.

Via email we'll be discussing the specifics of your session (location, timing, and anything relevant to just you). You have already been sent your contract, invoice for session fee, and questionnaire. Your contract and invoice will secure your date. Please spend a good amount of time being thorough with your questionnaire. It is my favorite part of this whole process. I have been known to sit in my car before a session rereading my client’s questionnaire and laughing until I cry or crying from the pure sweetness of it. Please, it’s seriously my favorite part!



Location
 

Mini sessions can take place either at Coronado Beach or the Cactus Garden of Balboa Park. Mini sessions are great if you are looking for a quick portrait session to update your family’s images or a milestone session. Session last anywhere from 20-25 minutes and will mostly focus on family images together. If there are a few specific shots you would like to include please tell me beforehand. When you have decided which location you prefer just let me know so I can plan accordingly.

Mini sessions take place about an 1.5-30 minutes before sunset (I will confirm your exact time right before the session). Please be on time or a bit early as your on-location session is scheduled according to the best light. We definitely don’t want to miss that sunset!

A good thing to keep in mind is that locations in San Diego will change throughout the year and each session will vary depending on weather, timing, and clothing choice. So even if you pick a location based on a photo below, it may not be exactly the same for each session.

Coronado Beach

This beach is just the best! Come prepared to splash in the water and leave with sandy toes. I recommend leaving your shoes in the car and bringing a towel just in case.

 

The Desert Garden of Balboa Park

You won't even know you're in San Diego with this amazing cactus garden!

 

Clothes
 

This is most clients least favorite part of the session. I get it. Trying to cram all of your kids into clothes they don’t want to wear is zero fun. Avoiding large logos, fluorescent colors, and matching outfits. That’s it! Steer clear of those few things and you should be perfect.

As for what to do! Well, it will largely depend on your family and your preferences but here’s a few tips to keep in mind when picking out your outfits:

                *Keep comfort first. Comfort allows for play and play allows for great images.
                *Choose your palette second. Think in terms of tones: earth tones, blue tones, neutrals etc.
               
*Fit your style to your location. Choose complimentary colors to your location when choosing your outfits. Strive for
                
colors and textures that coordinate with your location. If you have opted for an in-home session, pick colors from                       your home to coordinate with.
                *Think timeless. This is my favorite piece of advice. Timeless clothes allow your photographs to “age” better. Think                      of family portraits from the 80’s if you need help on what not to wear.
                *Keep clothing simple. Use muted colors and minimize busy patterns. Neutral and natural are my favorite combo! If 

                 your family is a bit more colorful than mine, just pick a color palette with 3 or 4 colors and then incorporate                               the colors throughout the outfits in varying patterns, solids, and layers.
               
*Don’t forget about the shoes! Unless we’re at your house or the beach, then please do forget the shoes. If we are                          on-location just remember shoes are part of the outfit (especially if they’re adorable kid boots!)
               
*Dress babies as babies. Collared shirts and ties tend to look uncomfortable on anyone under 6 months.
               
*Lastly, are you a flowy dress kind of mom? Yes? Well I just love you and love photographing beautiful,                                      long, dresses on beautiful mamas in beautiful sunset light!
       
         *I am happy to look at any photos of what you’re thinking for outfits if you need some extra guidance!


Your Kiddos


This part is the most important part of prep because we all know kids can make or break your session. To get the most out of your session, make sure your little one has rested and you have packed their favorite (dry, non-messy) snacks and water. No candy please! Blue tongues don’t photograph all that well. Don’t worry about bribing your children either. Just let me take the wheel and I promise to get beautiful smiles and authentic images. Some *ok, all* kids aren’t very excited to stand still and pose for the camera. It is best if we just let kids be kids and have fun. Dancing, running, playing, tickling, and singing are all great ways to capture fun images. Also, I apologize in advance for my awful rendition of the Lion King opening song but it really gets the giggles going!
 

What happens after your session

Within 3 weeks (usually less) of your session, you will receive an online gallery. Your gallery will be online for one week in which you can decide which images and prints to choose. Your session fee comes with 10 images of your choice to select from the gallery. If you love them as much as I’m sure I do and just can’t decide, don’t fret! You can have them all too! Each image over the 10 included are $50 per image or $225 for your entire gallery of images. I also have a store enabled in your gallery if you are interested in prints or products.

A few days or the day before your session, I’ll confirm the date, time and location. In the meantime, please call or email me with any and all questions before your session.

I can not wait to meet your sweet family!
-Kelsey