Fall is here and in the photography world, that means mini sessions galore! It seems every photographer you'll see on social media has an ad running right now for mini sessions. That's great for them!
Here's the thing. I can't stand mini sessions. They absolutely do not work for the way I work and interact with my clients. I'm absolutely the odd man out this time of year on this front, but I've decided I don't care that I'm alone in this. Here's why.
Mini sessions are usually between 15-30 minutes long and involve some overarching theme or prop setup. This varies from photographer to photographer but it's generally a seasonal setup, and a lot of them are really fun and pretty. These sessions are awesome for some photographers and some clients! They don't work for me.
First of all, when I'm working with my clients, it's a very involved process. I want to really get to know you well so that I can know what's going to make you comfortable, what do you take joy in, and what I can do that will help you loosen up and have fun, because let's face it, it's super weird being in front of the camera. Every session is completely customized to every client. I absolutely cannot provide this experience to clients in 15-30 minute sessions. I We're not going to be good enough friends in 15 minutes for me to be able to work with you that way...unless you can speak in Parks & Rec quotes and give me great book recommendations, in which case we'll be instant friends and you should hit me up.
Second of all, I don't really use props at all. I totally understand their appeal and think they can work wonderfully with someone else's style, but if you come to me for a shoot in my style and bring a bunch of props...you're not going to end up with images that reflect what you see from me, and that's probably not going to bring you very much joy. That's the whole goal here, too. You need to look at the images we create together and feel absolute joy. You should look at them and think about how much fun we had that day, and remember that wildly inappropriate joke your husband whispered in your ear you couldn't stop laughing at and hoped I didn't hear. Every time you walk past a framed print from one of our sessions, it should make you totally happy, and if I shot a mini session for you, it wouldn't be my best work and you wouldn't be crazy happy looking at it.
Bottom line: for some photographers, mini sessions are wonderful. For this photographer, they're a great way to disappoint my clients. I love you all way too much to do something I know isn't my best. It KILLS me when I've disappointed a client. I can't offer something that I know won't allow me to give you the best service I possibly can. So, if you're looking for some portraits this season, and you're okay with spending a little more time on them, let's talk. If you really want a mini, let me know and I'll give you a list of my friends who are great at them!