So what is the difference between a mini session and a full session?
Well there are a lot of differences. Some of them may be more important to you than others so it is a good idea to define them so that you can more easily make your choice.
Contrary to popular belief, the main difference between a mini session and a full session is not price, but rather the number of images created for you and your ability to pick and choose your images.
With a full session we will have a full hour and so you will receive a full gallery of 70 images or more the choose from you can purchase what you love and leave the rest.
In a mini session you get the pre-determined number of images selected by the photographer for you. This tends to be most of what the photographer took since the sessions are on the shorter side, usually 15-20 minutes.
A mini session is a session that is set in a specific place at a specific time and is for a short period, usually only about 15-20 minutes, but the offer varies.
The shoots tend to have a theme, like fall, Halloween, snow, fairies, super heroes or tulips. There is often a set backdrop and sometimes the mini sessions are themed for children only, or just mothers and kids, or the whole family for the holiday cards.
The themes and dates are created by me and are predetermined. Because they are so short there is no time for a wardrobe changes and there tend to be fewer background/location changes.
Mini sessions are great for getting photos for your holiday cards and gifts for the grandparents. It is a quick way to get your photos done and get a really great image that reminds you of that year with your family.
They are also great for younger children, since younger children do not last as long being photographed. However, it can be hard if a child does not want to be photographed, as 20 minutes may not be enough time for them to warm up to the idea.
A full session is a custom session where I come out to your location of choice for up to one hour on the time and date of your choice and photograph you and your family and/or friends.
We can go to the park, hang out at your house, take the dog for a walk, or even visit several nearby locations.
There is time for outfit changes and fun things like playing with the dog, making snowmen, and running through the sprinkler.
A full session gives you time and lets you relax a little more. There is time for bathroom breaks, and capturing more of the silly little details of life.
If you are looking for images to create a book or a tell the story of your family, a full session is definitely the way to go.
Since full sessions can be scheduled at any time you can pick the time and date that works best for you and your family. That way you can work it more easily around nap time, meal time, etc. for optimally happy kiddos.
Mini sessions do tend to come with a theme related incentive to purchase a package, sometimes it is a free ornament, or a free set of holiday cards, and sometimes it is a free magnet or a pumpkin.
There are also smaller packages offered with mini sessions at a discount of a la carte pricing.
Full Sessions also come with incentives to purchase packages, they don’t tend to be theme related, but equally awesome.
So, which will you choose?
P.S. I also occasionally do what I call Super Mini Sessions, but they are very short, only 10 minutes, with one background and very limited poses. Theses are usually sponsored through a group or association for their members. Send me a message if you would like to receive more info about Super Mini Sessions or organize one for your group or organization. firstname.lastname@example.org