Why I don't offer Mini-Sessions

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.  

I DID manage to convince one or two brave souls to make s'mores!  YUMMMY!

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.  :)