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  1. Chelsi says:

    I am a firm believer in the saying "you get what you pay for" and I agree that couples would be short changing themselves if they didn’t book the full experience with you. With that said, I do not have a package that includes mini sessions. I offer them twice a year, once a couple of months before Christmas and once in the springtime sometime before or after Easter. I do them to get people / families interested in a full session with me. During Christmas this year I was able to book three full sessions based on the client’s experience with my mini sessions. It is a great way to give people a small taste of who you are. But I get it. Eventually I will stop doing them too, but for now, I will keep the twice a year model. Isn’t it cool how we all can be unique in how we deliver services to our clients? 🙂

  2. Joelle says:

    Lindsey, I loved this post! It was so interesting hearing your perspective on it and it totally makes sense! I still offer mini sessions except they’re still an hour long, so it’s not quite as bad. I could definitely see myself implementing this later down the road though!

  3. Lindsay Berg says:

    This post definitely shed light for me on who you are as a photographer and what you value! It makes me want to come to hawaii for a sesh right nowwwww. But I’m stuck in the midwestern/MN snow! This was a great post Lindsey! Thanks-Lindsay

  4. Nicolette Bosch says:

    Shit yeah!

  5. Jenna says:

    This is great. Honestly it says it all and this is EXACTLY how I feel with my clients. I love everyone I work with dearly, whether it is simply one time or many over years. I have found many people think the same way and I know it is not always intentional and I use to get offended by it but now I have just learned that not ever potential client is "my" client. I think there are so many people out there today who love the pictures they see but do not truly understand the value behind the work that goes into them. Like you said, you spend hours of your time even before they are in front of your camera (which Is something I should do but never seem to yet haha) but its frustrating to see someone go, hey can I just get like 2 picture? How much is it for 20 minutes, I only need a couple shots. I think this is one of the most frustrating things being in the photography industry today is the fact that the consumer does not see the editing time, the time you spend with them and getting to know them as a cost. I love capturing people and their stories but if you’re looking for a quick bargain on some pictures there is a difference between someone who tells a story and someone who snaps 5 pictures for $50. I have started telling most people no when it comes to mini sessions due to the fact that when I would offer then at half cost for half the time they would show up late (always a good 10 minutes late) and half their session would be done. I agree, you cannot feel rushed as a photographer and expected to get something magical out of a rushed time and especially when its cut shorter by someone showing up late. Plus I feel like most of these people are "sales shoppers" where they tend to go to someone just on price and whoever is "having a sale". Great read though and glad you said this!

  6. Bri says:

    I’m currently offering them, but have the same thoughts as you. I don’t like them, don’t feel like I can fully connect with clients in that time, and would really like to move away from them.

  7. Maha says:

    Whew! I’m so glad at least one photographer doesn’t offer them. I’m still building my portfolio, but the woman in my latest shoot thought I could get business now if I offered a mini session. I hadn’t even been considering it, only focusing on longer sessions. But, as I’m just starting and her photos really do sell me, i thought i might as well give it a try. My research led me to the same thoughts as you. The reason her photos were stunning was because we spent 3 hours shooting and i spent probably 30 hours to get 35 outstanding photos (I’m still learning retouching!). So how do these mini session photographers spend 20 minutes and turn out 15-30 pictures? I’m really curious about the quality. I’m also finding that people take about 15-20 minutes to get comfortable posing, being directed and being in front of the camera. The best photos would just be getting started and then the session would be over in a mini. How is that good for business?

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