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!

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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:


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.

2018 Christmas Mini Sessions

2018 Christmas Mini Sessions

It’s here…..the 2018 Christmas Mini Session date and location announcement! After some changes this year, I wanted to shorten my work load to better serve you, my amazing clients that continue to come to me year after year. When I say that I am honored, it is an understatement!


The Sessions:

So this year I am happy to be offering an amazing indoor location here in Gunter. I know that I typically travel around offering to be closer to you, but I promise you won’t regret travel up to Gunter for this gorgeous spot! Just opened this summer, One Preston Event Venue & Rentals,  will give us plenty of room indoor, and we won’t have to worry about weather outdoors! Be sure to click on the link above, or check out their facebook page for indoor pictures. Set up will be fairly simple. Large wreath, greenery, mistletoe, wrapped “gifts,” etc..

The 2nd location will be back at the Christmas Tree Farm in Van Alstyne. A huge favorite, and a quick sell out! This year I plan to add “lights” to give it more of a tree stand feel!

  • Sessions are $250, 1/2 due at the time of reserving
  • They are 15 minutes long
  • Each session comes with 3 high resolution digital photos & 1 set of 25 Christmas cards
  • Locations: Christmas Tree Farm in Van Alstyne, McKinney Square (indoors, beautiful brick walled studio, or outdoors in the square), & One Preston Event Venue in Gunter (indoors)



To Reserve:

Click on this link: https://julieleonardphotography.pixifi.com/booking/2017ChristmasMinis/

Pick the session type 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 or it might not let you choose another time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me [email protected]


Step By Step Instructions on How To Pay:

For payment on your deposit or full amount, here are step by step instructions for your invoice: Paypal is the online payment management that I use. You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay your deposit.

On your invoice, there are 2 payment options; the full amount, or just the deposit. Click the blue box next to the one you are choosing to pay. It will then send you to the top of the invoice that will have all of your demographics. You’ll see a payment amount if you clicked the Pay Now blue button next to the deposit amount, or if you choose to Make A Payment blue button, you can choose what payment you want to make, minimum of the deposit, or up to the full amount. Then click continue when everything looks right. Next you will click, To Pay with Paypal – Click Here. It will redirect you to the Paypal sign in page. Look below the Log In blue button, and you should see a grey box with Pay with Debit or Credit Card. If you do not have a Paypal account, that is the one you will choose.

Be sure to sign the contract too!

Thank you all! I truly love seeing you every year!!