What is a mini session?
A. Mini sessions are small shoots booked back to back on a day and location of my choosing.
- I only offer these at certain times throughout the year (they are not able to be booked independently).
- These are designed to allow me to serve a TON of you all at once, without having to schedule and drive to each of you and therefore I am able to give you a better price!
- All details regarding minis are listed below.
Should I book a full session?
A. I believe minis are great for these reasons:
- if you are just wanting a few quick shots
- are on a budget
- have a husband who just hates photos
- kids that are super impatient
- you can only do weekends.
A few reasons I think you should consider a full session:
- weekday evenings are doable for you
- you would like a little more variety of backgrounds and poses in your photos, you generally will get more than double the images.
- you would like outfit changes
- you have a specific location in mind
- your kids take a while to warm up or really like to play. I believe having more time is CRUCIAL to getting your kids to warm up and enjoy these photos. It is a common misconception to think, the longer the session the worse my kids will do. It is generally the opposite because we are not on a time sensitive, stressful schedule. My sessions and posing are all very play based - I promise your kids will have fun.
The purpose for this page:
As my family of clients has grown so much over the years, I've really wanted to provide ways to accommodate so many of you and give you plenty of opportunities to get a good deal on photos, so I am trying to offer mini sessions more often! Especially as weekend dates are hard to reserve, I am making it a habit to save them way in advanced for you. Below you can see all my tentative dates for 2020 so you can be thinking ahead. These are TENTATIVE and could change. I will not be booking anyone officially until these dates are announced publicly about a month before the sessions.
These sessions are 20-30 minutes long and are generally scheduled back to back in 30 to 45 minute increments depending on our scheduling needs. You will receive anywhere from 40-80 images via an online gallery with printing rights. The gallery will not expire, images can be downloaded at full quality and can be printed through the gallery or taken to be printed at a place of your choosing.
These will be held on various Friday and Saturday dates throughout the year.
TENTATIVE 2020 dates are:
Saturday June 20th (all day)
Friday July 10th (evening)
Saturday July 11th (afternoon/eve)
Saturday September 12th (all day)
Saturday October 10th
Saturday October 17th
Saturday October 31st
Saturday November 7th (Christmas Minis)
Locations are picked by me and are generally in the general northern Columbus area. Every once in awhile I will find a great spot a little further out, but I promise, if you can make the drive, it will always be worth it!
Locations will not be announced until the dates are officially posted.
I will describe the location for you ahead of time so you can have an idea of what to expect. More than anything, I am looking for areas with flexible lighting at all times of day - since I will be shooting all day. So these location options are often limited. If you want a specific location, booking a full session with me is a great idea!
Minis are $175. This is due at the time of your session. Payment can be made via Zelle, Venmo, Cash or Check or via my online system linked directly through the PAY NOW button on your invoice.
Checks: I'm Laura Marie or Laura Margraff
Invoice will follow once you are officially booked where you can also have the option of paying via E-Check.
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FAQ + TIPS
How to prepare
A. Many people wait to change their kids until they arrive at the location, this is always a good idea! If your kids are particularly shy, remember to talk to your kids ahead of time about where they are going, what we are going to do, mention my name a few times so they are getting used to the idea and aren’t caught off guard when they arrive. A few helpful things you might like to bring to your session: a water bottle, clean/simple snacks for the kids, baby wipes/tissues, bug spray.
Arrive on time
A. Please come in plenty of time. These sessions are scheduled back to back and if one person runs late it bumps the whole schedule down. Come a little early if you can! I will have my phone on me but won't be able to touch base with you until my current session ends.
What if the weather is bad?
A. If the weather is looking bad, I will be in touch with each of you. I will make the ultimate call on what I want to do that day. If it's looking spotty, I will come regardless and let you decide on if you'd like to reschedule or not. I will offer reschedule dates for these sessions - generally on a Sunday soon following the original date.
What if we are sick/need to cancel?
A. If you or your children might be getting sick and you know smiles might be hard to come by, I ask that you try your absolute hardest to make it - but I understand if you have to cancel. Unfortunately I can't offer you a new time until the next round of minis, or you can book a full session whenever you are available! Please cancel as SOON as possible in the hopes that I could get your spot filled!
Can we bring the dog?
A. Yes! Pets are definitely welcome! I would suggest bringing a friend along to help when we aren’t including the dog in photos. Be sure to bring treats and plastic bags! Also be sure to let me know ahead of time.
How long to get the photos back?
A. A lot depends on the busyness of the season, but I generally say somewhere in the 2-3 week range. Please be patient as I work as fast as I can. I hopefully will be able to get previews out to you, but it is not always a guarantee.
What do we wear?!
A. Well, I'm so glad you asked.. :) The past few months I have worked extensively on creating a simple and easy guide to help you pick outfits! I give basic tips, plenty of visual outfit ideas, a link to my Pinterest pages (full of inspiration), as well as a full list of favorite places (suggested by lots of my own clients) to purchase outfits! Find the guide at the links below!