WHAT TO WEAR?

For most mini sessions I keep a Pinterest board to help you when choosing your your outfit and for moms of little girl's, I also have a large collection of little girls boutique and high-end dresses that are available for them to wear for the girly sessions! You can find the collection HERE. I add things regularly so the collection will be updated constantly. I have also included some tips for what to wear, as well as included a list of some of my favorite online shops for children's clothing.

For family minis/minis with adults, I always recommend having your hair and makeup professionally done as it's less stress on you the day of as well, not to mention you'll look fabulous! If you don't already have someone-- I do! I recommend Smokin' Hot Makeup; I have worked with Tiffany for years and the majority of my client base schedule with her prior to portrait sessions. She stays busy so be sure and contact her once your session is booked.

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

I will send out a reminder email 2 weeks prior to the session (3 weeks for some minis.) The reminder email will include your session date and time. The total of your remaining balance and instructions on how to pay. Once the balance is paid you will receive an email with directions on where to go the day of the session and with any last minute details you may need to know. The balance of your mini session is due no later than 1 week prior to the session date. (2 weeks for certain mini sessions.) These balances MUST be paid in full by the due date otherwise you could be forfeiting your time slot and retainer. Retainers are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

 

AFTER YOUR MINI SESSION

After your mini session I'll let you know the current turnaround for the images. Unless my schedule is crazy-- I will also post a few sneak peeks on Facebook as well. As soon as your session is finished, it will be uploaded to a private online gallery and you will receive an email with a link to your gallery. Your full resolution images can then be downloaded directly to your computer. Feel free to share the link with friends and family! The images will be stored in that same gallery for 10 years. This will serve as an online backup, should your computer every crash-- or you lose your copy of the images for any reason. You can always come back to download the images again.

You can find and print the Print Release here anytime.

TIPS

  • For minis with young children, a few tips for making the best of your session:
  • If your child normally "requires" a nap, try to make sure they get a nap that day. I understand with schedules, etc. this doesn't always happen, but it can be a big help.
  • If you are traveling to me from out of town, bring snacks, toys and things to keep them happy. I've had clients travel 3-5+ hours for mini sessions. Traveling can be exhausting for little ones, so we want to make it as easy on them (AND you) as possible.
  • If your child is shy or reserved, bring a favorite toy, blanket, etc. We may not take this out right away-- since it can mean that, that your child is going to require that item to be in the session from that point on ;) but it's nice to have it if we NEED it.
  • Since mini sessions are just that.. "mini" and we have a short window of opportunity to get the images, it's always a good idea to talk to your child before hand. Get them excited about whatever we are going to be doing. If they are naturally shy or timid or you know that they require some time to "open up" before their session, you are welcome to come a little early. I just always ask that clients be courteous to the  session going on at that time, and keep your distance so as not to distract the child or children in the previous session.
  • Try not to stress-- if you stress, your child will pick up on it and THEY will stress. A lot of times I like to capture the kids, being kids during theses sessions. If I need your child to look at me-- I'll ask them to, play with them, etc. If your child is being adventurous, I'm going to go with it. If I'm in the process of getting your child's attention and they start doing something else entirely-- it may be something that I want to capture in that moment. If I need any assistance in getting their attention, making them smile, etc. I won't hesitate to let you know. But please don't stress about kids being kids. :) 
  • And lastly-- if you KNOW that your child is going to need a little extra "persuasion," rewards for good behavior are not a bad idea. This doesn't always ave to be a toy or candy. This can be a special trip to their favorite place, a play date with a friend, etc.

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