Why I No Longer Offer Mini Sessions Year Round

Why I No Longer Offer Mini Sessions

I’ve done it. I no longer offer mini sessions year round. Why???

Because I started thinking about YOU! You are probably like, wait, what? Yes. So here’s the truth. I’ve done mini sessions for several years. I’m not trying to bash my fellow photographer friends. Many of them are very successful with mini sessions. Mini sessions are great and can be super creative, and can even capture some really cute photographs in a short amount of time. However, not long ago I realized that they are not personal.

What does that mean?

Well, I’ve been doing tons of research on how to make my clients and future clients happy. I determined that mini sessions are quick and easy, BUT I don’t get the opportunity to meet you. Also to learn who you really are. What it is that you love and like. What do you do everyday. Who makes you, you. I also don’t get the chance to learn about your home. How you have it decorated. What your likes and dislikes are, and most importantly what you plan or want to do with the photographs you receive. Yes, I could create a lengthy questionnaire for you to fill out online or to mail to me, but there again, it’s impersonal.

Furthermore an important detail I need to know that I can’t get from offering mini sessions….What do you want from me? That is huge. How can I possibly be everything you want me to be if I don’t get to know you?

Stop and think about YOU!!!!

There are millions of photographers world wide. All offering the same thing. A photograph. Have you ever sat down with a photographer and actually felt like you were instant friends. Getting to know one another over coffee, tea, or chocolate covered strawberries. Actually talking about what your final artwork will look like. Where you would love to put it. How you would love to share it with everyone who comes in your home. Can you get all of that from a mini session? Most likely your answer is no.

Also, after your mini session. How do you receive your photographs? Do you view them in an online gallery (how I’ve always done until now)? Do you just get an email with the photographs to download to sit on your phone, tablet, or computer? What do you do with these digital photographs once you have them? So many questions, but I am willing to bet that you show them on social media, and then that’s about it. As a result, no artwork to add to your walls. No gorgeous albums to look through with your kids and grand kids. I will admit that I am even guilty of not printing my digital photographs.

Therefore, all these things are hopefully making you stop and think. It’s ok if all you want is a quick in and out session. Like I said, I have tons of photographer friends who do this, BUT what I hope you understand why I have decided to not offer year round mini sessions anymore. From this point forward, I am a full service, luxury, fine art photographer wanting to design photography sessions and artwork all about you, and what you deserve!

I Would Love To Know Your Thoughts

Be sure to comment below. I can’t make this about you, without you telling me what you think!

Follow Me & Sign Up

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for regular posts https://www.instagram.com/julieleonardphotography/

Don’t forget about signing up with my newsletter https://www.julieleonardphotography.net/newsletter-subscription/ to keep up with all the latest blog posts and news. If you are a senior, or a parent of a senior, I have BIG BIG BIG changes coming, and I cannot tell you how excited I am for these plans!

Glitter Mini Sessions

Glitter mini sessions have been a favorite for all girls in the past 3 years. I love the mess it causes, I love the girls getting dressed up in the pretty tutu gowns, and best of all I love the natural smiles and laughter it brings.

Each year I try to add a couple of details to make them even better, and sure enough this year I plan to make it even more fun! I have arranged for a licensed hair stylist to be on site to style their hair prior to their session, guaranteeing to make them feel even more special. What girl doesn’t love being pampered and getting to play in glitter? Hair styling is included in the session fee, along with the Tutu Du Monde dresses, crowns and accessories, and of course the GLITTER!!

Sessions are held in Gunter at my home. The glitter can be super messy, so I recommend you bring a towel or 2 for car. I will have an assistant available to help get as much glitter off as possible prior to leaving.

What to know:

• Sessions are 15 minutes long & good for 2 people at a time. Let me know if you will have more than 2. There is a discount for 2 or more sessions reserved times

• Session Fee is $200 & due at the time of reserving

• 3 digital photos come with the session, with the option to purchase more. You choose from an online gallery of 15 – 20 photos. The online gallery will be emailed 1 – 3 weeks after the session for you to view and choose your photos

• Hair styling is included, and you will need to arrive 45 prior to your scheduled glitter session time

• Children 3 and younger will play with confetti instead of glitter

• Tutu Du Monde dresses are in sizes 1 – 16

How To Reserve:

https://julieleonardphotography.pixifi.com/booking/2017childrensminis/

Click on the link above. It will take you to sessions that are being offered right now. Click below the glitter picture on the box that says Reserve This Session. Choose a time best for you, but remember that you will actually need to be here 45 minutes earlier than the time you choose so that they can have their hair styled! Once you click on the box to reserve, follow the steps to “check out.” If you are one of the 1st 3 to reserve, use the coupon code GLITTER15 for 15% off the session.

2017 Children’s Mini Session

Children’s Mini Sessions

Children’s Mini Sessions are so much fun to do. We as parents all want pictures of our children as they grow. These themed sessions are the perfect way to capture this. I am happy to announce 2 styled sessions – Reach For The Stars mini sessions for girls (tutu dresses supplied!) & Adventure Awaits mini sessions for boys.

Reach For The Stars Mini Session

After a trip to Austin, where my sweet Meredith got to “play” in the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star setup while 40 other photographers took their pictures, I posted a couple of pictures from that day, and received several inquiries about doing a session like this. So, how could I say no? After searching and finally purchasing my own Tutu du Monde tutu dresses, as well as many, many other things for these sessions, I am excited to finally have a date for them. These image above is from another session. I will not have the exact same decor and props, but it will definitely be similar! As for the tutu dresses, I have sizes from infant up to 10, but could possibly get 12 or 14 if needed!

Adventure Awaits Mini Sessions

I have been planning this type of session for our little guys for far too long, and I am truly excited to finally be offering it! In fact, I cannot wait until my George is old enough to be able to do one of these too! So here are my plans……I will have several sections set up with different things to play with at each station. For example, one station will have a small “ship” for either playing pirates or they can be “looking” for pirates. Another station will have several different hats to put on and run around in. Another station will have toy airplanes, dump trucks, tractors, cars, etc. to play with, and I am also getting a tire swing!! Seriously going to be adorable while catching your sweet boy playing.

 

At the moment this is the only dates I have, but if I need to, I can open more!!

 

 

To Reserve Your Session:

Pick a time and date by clicking “Reserve Your Session.” If you happen to click the wrong time or date, be sure to click on the Cart Icon and delete it out of your cart. Otherwise, if you choose a different time, you will have 2 sessions in your cart. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me [email protected]

Once you have picked a date and time, you will be asked to checkout as a guest, or login in. If you have reserved a session with me before, then you should have a login in with me. If you are not sure of your login name and password, contact me so that I can give it to you! If you are new to JLP, checkout as a guest, enter your information, and click the little box at the bottom to create a new account.

If you are one of the lucky ones to first reserve your session, and pay, be sure to use coupon code LUCKY3 to get a 20% off discount!

——–> CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SESSION <——-