Mini Sessions

WHAT ARE MINI SESSIONS?

What’s a mini session?  How is it different from a regular session? What do I get with a mini session? What if I can’t make it on the day  you have them? What can I expect from a mini session? What if the weather is bad? What should we wear? What if we’re late? What about pets?

I often get questions about the Mini Sessions…so, I thought I’d break it down a bit for you and answer some questions you may have…

WHAT IS A MINI SESSION?

A mini session with me is 20 minutes. It’s just your family and my camera. The goal is to get a great family photo and a photo of your child, or children together. They are fast paced, usually themed {as in Autumn style, Mother’s Day, Christmas etc}. They are limited…I run them only once a year & only have 6-8 slots available on the day.

Mini sessions are not for newborns. Contact me for more information on newborn sessions. I recommend that babies are sitting up unaided for the mini sessions due to us being out on location.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR SESSION?

A regular session runs for 1-2 hours, usually at a location of your choice, a regular session is designed to document your family doing what you do. Loving, playing, laughing. Being a family in an environment of which you are familiar with as a family. It’s natural, casual, and typically results in anywhere from 30-50 images. The session fee for a regular session is £175.00 on a date of your choice and includes 5 high resolution digital files.

A mini session is a lot more posed, it’s much shorter, in a location of my choice, usually at the seaside, is fast paced and results in 8-15 files to choose from, they are a great way of documenting your child/ren & your family annually as I run them once a year…

WHAT DO I GET WITH A MINI SESSION?

A mini session runs for 20 minutes, you receive an online gallery to view after the event…the mini session is £125 and includes 3 digital files. (A regular session with 5 files would cost £175, just for reference). More files and prints are available for purchase.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT ON THE DESIGNATED DATE?

Well, that’s a bummer. I don’t have them often and am only planning on having one date this year. If you can’t make it, and have your heart set on having a mini session, there is still a chance to get them. Ask your friends, your cousins, sisters, brothers, neighbours if they want one. If you can get 4 other families together who want them, I’ll do another date at a location of your choice. So if you already have plans for the date I am running the mini sessions but you have 4 other families interested, contact me and we can look at another possible date for you.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A MINI SESSION?

You can expect to get images like this. This session was only 15 minutes and this family has all of these adorable images and more from that short amount of time

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WHAT ARE THE TIME SLOTS?

The slots run every half an hour & generally run as the following –

10:30|11:00|11:30|12:00|1:00|1:30|2:00pm|2:30pm

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

For me, your photography session isn’t necessarily about what you were wearing that day, but more about the family bond you have, the love, laughter…the connection. However, these photographs are going to be hanging on your walls and for this reason, and this reason alone…it matters that you all look co-ordinated…that you look ‘nice’. Now, you won’t be looking nice if you’re uncomfortable in what you are wearing so comfort is equally as important… all that it takes really, is for you all to be comfortable and co-ordinated in that you are wearing the same colour tone…light, pastels, white colours OR Bright, bold & cheery. Please avoid logos & motifs…It may be the in thing to be wearing Jack Wills and have it right across the front of your hoodie…however, in a few years this may not look so great hanging on the wall and it will also be very distracting in the photograph.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?

I find myself turning into a bit of a weather weanie the week running up to the event… I watch the weather forecast intently and will often pop updates on the business page… asking for sun dances etc! However, we will wait until the very last minute until we call it off if the weather turns out to be too bad. We only cancel if it’s torrential rain, it really wouldn’t make for images if everyone is cold & drenched…I doubt I would feel all that comfortable either and neither would my camera equipment!

If we need to take a ‘rain check’, I will reschedule our mini session day, if for any reason you cannot make the re-schedule date…I will refund your fee.

WHAT IF WE’RE LATE?

Unfortunately, that’s a bummer for you…I cannot wait for you if you are running late… If you arrive within your half hour slot I can only give you shooting time up until the half hour slot is over due to families booked in after you… For this reason I ask that all clients arrive promptly and perhaps allow extra time for traffic problems/toilet stops etc. It’s such a shame for families who arrive late but that’s just the way it goes I’m afraid.

WHAT ABOUT PETS?

Sure! If your pet lizard, Spike, is part of your family and you want him in the photos, bring him along. I’m not going to touch him, but I’ll take his photo! Pets are family members too, so if you want to bring them, please do. Just let me know ahead of time and please bring all pets on a leash. Not every family are fans of animals and the family scheduled before or after you may not be a fan of beloved Spike.

HOW DO WE BOOK A MINI SESSION?

Mini sessions are run only once, occasionally twice, per year & there are only ever a limited number of sessions available during the mini session day. In order to become aware of a Mini Session date you need to be a fan of the business page for announcements of such occasions, they are booked on a first come first served basis and a booking fee basically reserves your spot… it’s literally a case of being in the right place at the right time. So be on the look out for the mini sessions in the future J

http://www.carolyneburtonphotography.com

carolyneburtonphotography@hotmail.co.uk | 07762 327387

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