When you hear the term “mini sessions”, what do you think of? The definition of a mini session can vary from photographer to photographer. So, what can you expect from mini sessions? Let me explain what it is and what you can expect when you arrive for a fall mini session with Catherine Chamberlain Photography here in sunny Colorado.
Two weekends ago I held my first official set of fall mini sessions of the year. This meant that 10 families came at the allotted time they signed up for and had their pictures taken. Each family had a 15-minute time slot for being photographed. Some might question if this is enough time to get good photos. For the majority of time the answer is 100% yes. I will capture all the different combinations within your family and will provide a full gallery for your viewing. The only time a mini session may not be the best choice is if you want multiple locations as a backdrop, a particular date and time, or maybe you know your child does better warming up and playing before having their picture is taken. If any of these are the case for your family then I would recommend a full session.
SOUTH MESA TRAILHEAD – FLATIRONS MINI SESSIONS
This particular time, families came to South Mesa Trailhead in Boulder, CO. I had previously sent them an email with the exact location of where they could find me and how they could identify me. The setting was an open field with a gorgeous mountain background known as the flatirons. This is an ideal setting for fall minis with the yellow-toned grass and grand backdrop. The sun’s location provided the perfect glow to these light and airy photos. Families arrived early, dressed, and ready to go.
Before arriving, I sent each client a questionnaire so I can know more about their family, expectations, and any specific needs they may have. With these things in mind, I help each family know how to pose by gently guiding them regarding where to sit, how exactly to stand, and how to best pose for each picture. I want my clients to look and feel their best, so I try and make them as comfortable as possible. I aim to get a variety of shots: landscape and portrait; standing and sitting; pictures of the entire family and different combinations of family members as well.
Whenever the family comes along, there can be many unexpected dynamics. My goal is go-with-the-flow and make each challenge into an opportunity for a great photo. Yes, kids may cry or even try to escape, your dog may not always look in the right direction, but I have several tips and tricks to help with these situations and more. This time included beloved stuffed animals and well as freshly picked bouquets right from our feet.
The families that came were an absolute delight to work with. Truthfully, I am thankful for each referral and repeat client, as well as the new faces I got to meet. I strive to have open communication and make each client as happy as possible. Thank you to those who came and trusted me in this process.
INTERESTED IN BOOKING A FALL MINI SESSION OR UPCOMING CHRISTMAS MINI? PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY OPENINGS.
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