What's so great about mini sessions?

Mini sessions are one of my favorite ways to make sure all of my recurring AND new clients get updated photos of themselves and their families. I have done several rounds of these special events in the couple of years that I’ve been a photographer, and today I wanted to share with you what the best parts of mini sessions are. If you’ve never booked a session like this, you’ll love knowing all of these pros before you decide to schedule one with me or your preferred photographer!


1 // They’re Quick!

It’s right in the name - mini ! Usually mini sessions are 20 or 30 minutes, which is actually the perfect amount of time to have all the photos you could possibly want. This time frame is especially great for families with 2 or 3 young kids who might not last through an entire 1-hour session. Usually 20 minutes is a perfect amount of time to get a couple full family shots, some individuals, and several candids in between all of those Christmas-Card-and-framed-gift-worthy shots. Plus, no husband or boyfriend has ever complained during these quick sessions ;D

2 // They’re Affordable

I love planning these sessions as many times in a year as I can, because I know that not every family or couple wants to invest hundreds of dollars to update their family photos. Most of my regular sessions happen for big life events - new baby, engagement, maternity, etc - but it’s so important to have new photos of your family as they grow more and more every day. All of those sessions can add up, though! That’s why spending $150 or so a year on these sessions is reasonable for most people. Save your money for the big life events and book a mini session once or twice a year!

3 // They’re Usually Adorably Styled

Personally, almost all of the mini session events I’ve planned come with some sort of “theme” or stylized setting. I like to have it as something special (and honestly to draw people in with my fun ideas ;D) but I usually plan for the fact that not everyone will want to take their photos in front of the setting I have planned. Usually the locations lend themselves well to venturing off course a bit, which is a great way to make your session different from the others I do that day! I also love using mini sessions as a way to connect with other vendors in the area, whether it’s with my girl Katie from She Rents Vintage, Stacey from The Cake Shop CNY, or with a venue I love - like the Sinclair of Skaneateles.

4 // They’re Timely

Any smart photographer will offer mini sessions before a holiday or during a season when people are going to want photos to give as gifts, in celebration of something, or because the weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing (I’m looking at you, fall!) I like offering mini sessions around Christmas, Mother’s Day, and in September. This year I’m thinking of squeezing in Father’s Day sessions as well! I have also have done some last-minute headshot sessions so that anyone in need of professional looking portraits of themselves can easily have a handful of good ones. Mini sessions are also easy for a photographer to edit within just a few days, especially if they’re during their off season for weddings, so you can expect the turnaround time to be pretty fast!

So, are you itching to have on of these mini sessions for yourself? You’re in luck! I’m planning a whole day of 20 minute sessions at the end of April, just in time for Mother’s Day! Learn more about them here:


Adam + Alauna | Syracuse Maternity Photography

My sister "in-law" traveled from Houston last week for her baby shower, so of course we fit in a maternity session! It happened to be chilly and overcast the day we had planned for, but I totally didn't mind - overcast days make for some pretty, moody photos and that makes me excited to bring my editing style into different areas.

I love that these photos sort of look like two different sessions, and that I was able to give Adam and Alauna some different shots to have for themselves of this beautiful time of their life together. SO, without further ado - here they are!

Maternity Photo Dress: Boutique by Agnes
Baby Moccassins: Mini Acorn

Jaynie / Newborn Photo Session

Jaynie Mae - do I need to say more? That name is just... everything. Jaynie was the most perfect angel for our photo shoot last week! And her mama came prepared with the best stuff... I'm not usually one for calling little girls princesses, but that crown is just oh so perfect!! There is no doubt that these little ones rule our world for a little while. Ok, forever. 

Owen / Newborn Photography Session

I photographed Owen's beautiful mama before he arrived, and it was such a pleasure getting to meet him on the outside! He is absolutely precious, from his sweet red hair to all his tiny newborn features (anyone else obsessed with the neck folds and rolls?!) and Chris and Andrea are such beautiful parents to this little peanut! Congrats again, to this beautiful family.

Insert peace sign emoji here, haha!