Photography mini sessions are very different from other package sessions. They're much shorter and most of the time they require less of an investment. They also offer fun, unique themes like back to school, beach photography (so much fun!!), fall minis or in my case, Bluebonnets!
(If you're considering booking a mini session with a photographer but they're not offering anything unique, I would question the purpose of the mini session offer.)
SO! Here are 5 reasons why mini sessions rock and why my clients enjoy them so much.
When it comes to most things, you get what you pay for. When it comes to photography mini sessions, however, you get more!
Photographers running mini sessions are running the equivalent of a department store’s sale special. If you’re looking for a few updated pictures of your family but don’t want to invest in a full photography package, mini sessions are just what you want.
Most mini sessions are priced at or below $200, well below the minimum a photographer will charge for a base level package.
If they cost much more than that, I would compare the mini session offer to the photographer’s regularly priced packages to see the price difference and if it adds up. Not all mini sessions equal more affordable pricing.
2. Mini Sessions are Quick and Easy
Mini sessions are quick, y’all, like super quick. They're valuable to a photographer when they’re planned on certain days and when the photographer is shooting back to back sessions.
This is good for you because it means everything is already setup, ready to go and your photographer is super excited you're there!
This is the main reason photographers can offer lower prices for mini sessions, and it serves you super well!
3. Getting to Know a New Photographer
If you’re in the market for a new photographer (Hi btw! I'm Jenn and would love to chat photography with you!), follow them on social media, sign up for their newsletter and wait for them to run a mini session special. This is especially great if you don't have the ability to invest in a full package.
(Extra Tip: If you sign up for a photographer's newsletter they will likely have a client rewards program. JSP has a wonderful one! Sign up for my newsletter, and you'll earn 10% off your next package session (no minis). Refer a friend who books a session and earn another 10% off your next session package. Why, yes, these do stack. Thanks for asking!)
Mini sessions are great opportunities to get to know a photographer before investing in a larger photo package. If things don’t go well (and by well I mean you LOVE them and can’t wait to have another session with them) then you’re out about $200 versus $650 or more.
4. Unique Themes
I’m a Bluebonnet fan. Once I was on Pinterest and saw the most beautiful cookies. They were in the shape of Bluebonnets and perfectly painted with blue and lavender icing. I still think about them to this day, and that was well over five years ago. I swear they would have tasted like Heaven.
So one of my go-to mini session specials revolve around Bluebonnet season! These flowery gems are native to Texas and only grow from mid-March to mid-April. You don’t get much more unique than that, friends.
In the Fall of 2016 I partnered with GiGi's Playhouse Sugar Land to run a special mini session offer donating 10% of every mini session booked in October to create awareness for Down Syndrome. It was a huge success.
Sometimes other photographers will partner with charities to offer mini sessions in support of a cause or organization as well. While this may not effect some clients directly, I always feel better about paying for a service when I know the owner is charitable and giving. Actually, I go out of my way to find them. It can make all the difference.
Did you know?! Jennifer Sue Photography advocates for children in foster care and helps adopting families. This is another way photographers can give to our communities. Everyone loves pictures but not everyone can afford them. It's a win win!
Interested in booking a Bluebonnet Mini Session with JSP? Would love to hear from you!