If we compare photography to the restaurant industry, mini sessions are the equivalent to fast food while full portrait sessions are a fine dining experience.
There is a time and place for both, what is right for you depends on what you currently want. I mean, I am never upset about eating fast food. It’s usually an anticipated treat that I really enjoy. But at the same time, I also really enjoy splurging on a nice meal every once in a while when the occasion is right. Both are good, it depends which experience you’re looking for.
MINI SESSIONS: THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE
Mini sessions are like rolling through the drive-thru [they probably take the same amount of time actually …]
Mini sessions are short and sweet / quick and dirty. They are ten minute long photo sessions at a pre-determined location on a set date. They are a great opportunity for families who are comfortable in front of the camera and just want a handful of portraits together. The catch is that you have to be available on that date, be ok with the location, happy with just a few photos, and understand that ten minutes goes by very quickly!
FULL FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION: THE FINE DINING EXPERIENCE
A regular family portrait session is for families who want something more custom and specific to them. These are great for families who want to go to their favourite spot to spend time together or want a meaningful activity documented.
Family portrait sessions take anywhere from 45-60+ minutes and leave lots of room to get comfortable and document candid moments. They can be booked on any date and can be at your favourite location, or include custom location scouting if you want me to find a great spot for you. They are a more slow pace and you get more variety of images with lots of good real moments documented.
WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BOOK?
Like I mentioned above, it depends which experience you want.
If a photographer is offering mini sessions and it works out that you’re available for them then that’s a great opportunity. They are great if you know your family will do well with a quick experience and you only want a few great images [I include your favourite five photos].
If this is a special time in your life that you know your future-self will want to look back on, go for the full regular family portrait session. These are great for families who want to spend a little more time creating more intentional and meaningful portraits, who have more specific ideas about what they want, and know they need more time to get comfortable to create those amazing candid photos. These can be booked on any date and you will get a larger gallery with more variety of images and documented memories.
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