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What is a mini-session?

A mini-sessions is 30 minutes of photography fun for you and your family. This type of photo session is ideal for families that simply want some updated photos for their holiday card or need to get one to two new stellar family photos to share on Facebook with friends and family. Mini-sessions are just long enough to get a few posed photos of the family, candids of the kids, and individual photos of each of the children.

How many people can come to a mini-session?

Up to five family members can appear can come to a mini-session. If you have more than five family members, please see our standard family photo session. If you’re going to bring your dog, please let us know beforehand.

How much are mini-sessions?

There are different pricing tiers for photo sessions depending on when you want to do your session. The sooner you book, the cheaper it is.

How many images will I get from the mini-session?

You will receive 25 fully edited images in an online gallery. We will include both color and black and white images, unless you specify otherwise.

How will the sessions go?

For the adults, you should always be smiling and I will give you a series of directions/poses to keep things moving along. Parents, please try to stay close to one another (hold hands or wrap your arms around one another) no matter what direction I'm giving to the kids. Remember to relax, smile, and breathe—we are here to have a good time. No matter what happened before you got to the photoshoot (your son didn’t want to put on his shoes or your daughter threw a temper tantrum in the car), let it go before the session starts. I have no expectations about your child’s behavior during your photo session. No matter how uncooperative or unruly your kids might be during the session, it’s okay. We will get you a few great photos of your family, even if they aren’t perfect; because honestly, perfect is boring. If you have an infant, please bring some sort of toy that makes noise or is colorful enough to get their attention. For kids aged two to ten, we’ve found that group hugs, holding-hands-swinging, picking up the kid on your shoulders, having a tickle attacks, kisses, playing airplane, and/or hugs around the neck are sure bets to produce a great family photo.

If you have any questions or concerns, just call me at 415.971.3283 or email me at

Looking forward to our shoot!