What do you think of when you hear Mini Session? Are you thinking– “affordable, quick, small?” Here in West, Michigan there are all sorts of photographers that pop up letting you know they are offering Mini Sessions. A lot of time this will happen in the busiest season, fall. It’s a great way for photographers to push their clients through quickly. However, it’s a lot of work on our end (The photographer). Yeah we get a fast buck but then we’re spending several hours behind our screens trying to work with what we got in a small amount of time behind the lens.
Everyone is different and if Mini Sessions are for you, great! If not that’s fine too. Let me tell you why I don’t do Mini Sessions with my family. Days or even weeks before a session I spend time picking out the perfect coordinating outfits. Stressing over whether or not I’ll look good in a certain color or if my kids complain about wearing a specific shirt because it might be itchy. Just when I think I have everything picked out, our family shows up to where we need to be, and then the photographer has maybe 20 minutes to capture who we are and in the best light. Now I believe that some photographers are great at this but if we have one kid that’s in a bad mood, then our entire session is ruined. I’ve felt defeated, stressed, and all around sad. I spend time apologizing to the photographer and then I beat myself up over how I could have prepared my family better. Has this happened to you? Maybe it wasn’t someone’s mood, maybe it was the weather. It was too cold, or it started to rain. Whatever it is, you’re feeling rushed. Does any of this sound familiar?
(The million dollar shot right here)
I have been guilty of doing Mini Sessions for Kara Hanes Photography but I’ve decided that this is no longer something I value as a photographer. I want to spend time getting to know you, talking with you, finding out what makes you smile because your husband just looked at you a certain way. Maybe it’s Your kid deciding to show their happy emotions a little more because after 20 minutes, they finally think “huh, this lady is actually ok, maybe I’ll smile, grin, or show my personality a bit”. Or maybe it’s been a while and we need to catch up. Whatever it may be, I’m all about getting to know one another and less about being “that lady that pointed a camera in my face”. What do you think? Should we become friends? If your answer is yes then I can’t wait to meet you!
(Making memories with the Koetje Family. There wasn’t any rain on the radar and then all of a sudden it started to pour- waited it out for 20 minutes)