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What is a mini session? ~ Jo Jackson Photography

So you want to know what a mini session is, right? Of course you do! That’s why you’re reading this post. In short, a mini session is essentially an shortened standard photography session and as such there are a few easy ways you can make sure you get the most out of your time in front of my lens!

Once you’ve gotten in touch,  picked your time slot and paid your deposit, you just show up (a little early) for your session. Then, when it’s your turn, you and your family simply stand in front of the camera and work it. When your 20 minutes is up, the next client steps into the spotlight and you can run off on your merry way.


Now, the thing about mini sessions is that a lot of them can have themes. I love doing themed mini sessions for holidays or seasons. For example, I offer a series of spring, summer and fall mini sessions in a beautiful park. I also offer a winter session, but that’s usually indoors where it’s nice and cozy. Because mini sessions are shorter (roughly 20 minutes for each client), you pay less money than you would for a standard session. Pretty sweet, huh?


Obviously, a mini session needs to run smoothly and stay on schedule so that every family gets their 20 minutes. Plus, nobody likes to be stressed out.  With that in mind, here are five easy ways you can make sure your mini session goes off without a hitch!

  1. Be on time. And by on time, I mean 10-15 minutes early! Make sure you have everything ready to go, as well. When you’re ready to get going as soon as it’s your turn it makes a world of difference.
  2. Check and read your emails in the run up to the day to make sure you get all the information on your mini session, including any changes to venue or timing that might stem from the weather. If you or your child starts to get sick, please do let me know before the day and we can always try to rearrange.
  3. Make sure your children are well rested and fed. A kiddo with a full belly and plenty of Zzz’s in their sleep tank is a kiddo who’s happier to be in front of the camera. Happy children make for happy photographers and far more relaxed parents!
  4. Dress comfortably. When you (and/or the kids) are in clothes they feel comfortable in, the photos turn out that much better. Try not to wear clothes that constrict or are made from itchy materials. Take it from someone who’s been photographing people for years: your discomfort shows!
  5. Get excited! This is going to be so much fun, so why not get super pumped about your session? Make a day of planning out what you’ll wear and spend a few extra minutes in front of the mirror pampering yourself. Why not?

If you want advice on what to wear (or what not to wear!) for your session or if you have any questions at all about mini sessions and how they work please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!

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