Five benefits of mini sessions - | Berkshire family photographer |

I love meeting new families and getting to spend time with them in my custom sessions. In that hour I feel like I really get to connect with them and get to know them a little, which is great! Each time I do repeat sessions it’s like hanging out with old friends. Every custom session is all inclusive, which means you get every single edited digital file with printing rights included. So why would you want to book a mini session? Firstly, what is a mini session?

Mini sessions are 15 or 20 minute photo sessions usually on a set day in a set location. They often involve a session fee and include just one or two prints or digital files with the option to buy more digitals, prints or products.

I absolutely believe that mini sessions have their own special place, and here are a few reasons why:

1- Time

Getting a full hour to invest with your family is great, but we don’t always have that time to give. Mini sessions are often only 15 or 20 minutes long, meaning you can slot them right into your day. This is particularly great for some little ones, who may struggle with longer sessions anyway!

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2- Different

Custom family sessions give lots of time to capture all the little details which make up the memories for you to treasure. But mini sessions are an opportunity to get images with something a little bit different! This might be autumn shoots with changing leaves, Christmas sessions with fairy lights and snuggles or mother’s day specials in the wild flowers. Whatever the theme, it’s a great opportunity to get some cute images with something just a little bit distinctive.


3- Choices

Full sessions often only offer a limited number of purchase options, prints, canvases and frames for example. Mini sessions are generally designed with choices and convenience in mind, so the photographer will put together a list of purchase options to allow you to buy lots of different products and prints directly through them, including cards, calendars and photo gifts as well as offering digital files so you can get creative and make whatever you can imagine!


4- Trial

Photographing your family can often be a big investment, so choosing who to do it isn’t always easy. Picking someone who’ll connect with you and your family, capture you in the way you want to be remembered, and in the style you love, is quite a challenge! Mini sessions can be a great way to trial a photographer to see if you click before booking them for a longer shoot. 15 to 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to find out if this photographer is right for you and your loved ones.

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5- Low commitment

You’ll find that the price for mini sessions is a fraction of the cost of full sessions. If you just need one or two images for newsletters, gifts or an updated family portrait (see the upcoming blog on what to do with you mini session images for more ideas!) then these low cost sessions are ideal. You can usually purchase as little or as much as you want, and the decision rarely has to be made until after you’ve seen the photos! If you love your images, you can usually buy all the digital files for a great price after the day.

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to give mini sessions a go? Is there anything I’ve missed out? There’ll be a ton of good mini sessions around for you to choose from, so get searching. This year I’m offering Christmas mini sessions for the first time, check out the details if you’d like to give it a go!