WHAT’S with all these words? (allow me to sum-up);

• Show up ten minutes before your session start time. We’re talking about Salem in October after all.
• Avoid being too matchy-matchy with your clothing choices.
• Put some food in bellies, and don't bring along distracting things like reward toys or food to the session.


Tips to Rock Your Mini Session

Mini sessions can be intimidating. It's nice because you aren't investing a ton of time for a full-length session*, and maybe a bit more stress-provoking because of that shorter time period. But worry not! With a bit of prep and a deep breath, we're going to get some awesome shots together!

When you arrive for your mini session, we will walk to where the light and background is at its best. Trust that I am picking the best environment to set you up in the perfect spot (hey, if you wanted predictable, you would have gone to the mall, right? This is way more fun!)

1. Consider bold colors. Avoid pale colors like pastels and grays since they tend to flatten skin tones.  Stick with colors you know you and your family look good in. Don't be afraid of bold colors, unless it's really not your style. Strong colors really make your photos pop! Avoid a lot of wild patterns that vary across the group.

Everyone in matching chinos and white polos (or even jeans and matching tops) will give your photos a dated look which you won't likely appreciate years from now. Plus is lacks personality. Not everyone needs to be wearing the same color, but I recommend you all stay at one end of the color spectrum; reds, oranges, and yellows, or blues, purples, and greens, etc. If you go with the same color, mix it up by choosing varying clothing styles to show each person's individuality. If you all look the same, how will your personalities shine through?

Basically, everyone should wear something they're comfortable in, and feel confident wearing. 

2. Avoid Fussy. When dressing little ones, avoid shirts with phrases or words on them (actually, this goes for people of all ages). It will be hard to make them readable in your photos, and will likely distract from the real focus of the photo. If they're not used to hats and headbands, skip them. We won't get natural shots of your child if they are too busy yanking their accessories off (although that would be hilarious, I'm guessing they are not the shots you're hoping for!). Dressing your child (or letting them dress themselves!) to show their personality can really add to their photos.

3. Include a prop or two. Does your little one have a ragged bunny she can't part with? Let Bunny join the session! It will only add personality and nostalgia to your collection. 

4. Stay Comfy. Don't let your little ones (or big people) get hangry. Make sure they are fed and have had a potty-break beforehand (there's a bathroom at the park where the mini sessions will be taking place). I do not recommend carrying a snack around with you during your actual session. Food turns into a real distraction, and it makes a mess, both on faces and on clothes. Snacks before, and promises of snacks after seems to work best. 
Oh, and bring something to wipe runny noses with.

5. Breathe Deep. If you’re having fun, so will your kids. If you’re stressing, they’ll know and it will show. Think about little silly things you do at home that make your child laugh - a ticklefest, a spin in your arms, a toss in the air, a good ol’ potty joke, some classic peek-a-boo, and put those in your back pocket to be pulled out if needed. The best photos come from people enjoying each others’ company, seemingly unaware of the camera.

Just remember to go with the flow and enjoy the experience, and know that you're going to have some lovely shots when all is shot and done!

I can't wait to work with you soon!

* If you're interested in booking a full length session, that will allow you to choose any time outside the mini session weekend, and a location of your choice. With more wiggle room, there's a bit more time to relax, and I can even come to you. Shoot me an email if you're interested.