Quite regularly people will ask me about pricing and then follow up with "Do you ever do mini-sessions?". The answer is, no I do not. I have in the past, but they simply don't work out. Would you like to know why? Stick around, I'll try to keep it brief.
Mini-sessions tend to be themed sessions that last about 15-20 minutes at a reduced rate. For photographers who typically spend 1-2 hours on each sessions this shorter timeframe is a huge selling point. Well my friends, my typical sessions last anywhere from 20-45 minutes. For kids and babies they stay around the shorter end of that spectrum. So a mini-session for me would have to be like 5 or 10 minutes. Ha! That is not enough time for my clients, whether they be kids or adults, to get comfortable in front of the camera.
The second obvious reason - I don't do themed sessions. I think they are adorable, but it doesn't fit my lifestyle form of photography. (see my previous post "Top 5 Reasons Not to Hire Me") My brain doesn't work that way. Last September I thought I'd try a new kind of mini-session. I created a scene where people would still interact naturally with the theme, so I could stay true to my style of photography while offering the requested Fall mini-session. There we were at a beautiful park full of trees. I had everything set up for the families to make s'mores and guess what happened - nobody wanted to make s'mores. It was a big old FAIL. ha! They just posed in the grass or near a tree the way you are "supposed" to do in a park mini-session. The families didn't see it as a fail, of course, they were happy! But I was completely bummed out.
If you consider yourself a professional shopper as I do, there are some places you don't pay full price...ever. I never buy anything at full price at Hobby Lobby, Old Navy, or Kohls. I know for a fact that the items I want will be on sale soon. Why would I pay full price if I know I can get a discount if I just wait a few weeks?! This is the final reason I don't offer mini-sessions. The boring old business side of things. If people know they can wait until a certain time of year and pay half, or even less, of my regular prices why wouldn't they? I would! I understand some folks still would pay full price to get the perfect date, weather, etc. for their family. I just don't want to be the Hobby Lobby of photographers.
My clients are spoiled. I come to them, I shoot in their homes where they're comfortable, at a time that works for them. I kind of like it that way. :)