Lots of mini session options coming up! Mini session options for fall family sessions, as well as kids’ minis for Christmas are now available for booking! These mini session options will only be available on the dates and times listed.
Once you have reserved your session time, you will be sent an e-contract to complete your booking.
After session takes place, photographer will send proofing gallery for image selection, and selected images will be edited and provided for download within approximately two weeks. Additional images can be added on at a rate of $20 per photo.
All provided images will have light retouching. Any requests for heavy retouching will be subject to additional retouching fees. Wardrobe options are not provided for mini sessions. If you are interested in a longer session that includes wardrobe styling, please contact us for additional information.
All mini session events take place in our studio or studio garden, located in Harbor Pines, CA (near Rancho Palos Verdes and Lomita, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles), with the exception of the beach minis which take place nearby.
If you have questions about these mini sessions, please see the FAQ’s listed at the end of this post.
Kids Christmas Minis: SOLD OUT
For sitting babies and kids through age 5. Recommended to book one mini session spot per child (select back to back appointments for siblings, and can include photos of siblings together). Includes 10 finished digital files with print release.
Choice of light colored set or dark barn wood set. Can book back to back minis to include both set options.
Beach Family Minis: SOLD OUT
Includes 10 finished digital files with print release. In case of rain, sessions will be rescheduled for an alternate date. Takes place in tide pool location, as shown in example photo.
Garden Family Minis:
Saturdays – October 7th & October 21, 2017 $200
Includes 10 finished digital files with print release. In case of rain, garden family mini sessions take place in garden greenhouse. Garden minis will not have themed props. If you are interested in a holiday themed session, please see our studio mini options.
Reserve time here:
Studio Family Minis:
Snowy Studio, October 21, 2017 $200
Includes 10 finished digital files with print release.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are these mini sessions available on any other dates?
A: Mini sessions are only available on the listed dates and times. No additional dates or locations will be added this year.
Q: Can I have an alternate setup/backdrop/props/location for our mini session?
A: Mini sessions are only available with the options shown in the example photos. If you would like a more customized session, you can book a full length family session for 2018. I do not have any remaining availability for full length family sessions for 2017.
Q: Which option should I pick? What time of day should I pick?
A: You know your family best. Take into consideration your child(ren)’s usual wake/sleep schedule. Avoid scheduling a session in the hour prior to nap time. If you would like photos of your toddler walking around, a garden session would be best.
Please note some session options may not be suitable for every family. Ocean minis are at tide pools and if your child is not a steady walker, they should be held the entirety of the session.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Per city ordinance, dogs are not permitted at the ocean location. Dogs are welcome in our studio garden. We apologize but the two family session options in the studio this year are not dog friendly sets.
Q: Can I pay later?
A: Mini session payment is due in full in order to reserve your session. An e-contract will also be sent after checkout in order to complete your booking.
Q: Can I print the photos? Are they edited?
A: Finished photos are provided in full resolution size with print release, and clients are welcome to print the photos anywhere they would like. A set of web-optimized files are also provided for uploading/sharing convenience. All selected photos are hand edited.
Q: Can I pick my photos? Will there be others available?
A: Clients are provided a proofing gallery after mini session for image selection. Additional images are usually available for purchase at $20 each.
Q: Are the photos retouched?
A: All photos are hand edited and include light retouching, which includes skin smoothing, blemish removal, and softening of fine lines. Any additional requests for extensive retouching beyond what is included are subject to additional retouching fees.
Q: What happens if my kid is sick the day of the mini sessions?
A: In the event of illness, please contact us prior to your mini session and alternate options can be provided.
Q: Do you provide wardrobe options like the outfits shown in example photos?
A: Due to time constraints with mini sessions, wardrobe options are not provided. All clients must be dressed and ready upon arrival. If you are interested in booking a longer session option where wardrobe is provided, please email us for more information. Longer sessions are subject to availability.
Q: How long does each mini session last? Is it really enough time to capture enough good photos?
A: Kids minis last up to 10 minutes, family mini sessions last up to 15 minutes. It may sound short but when a photographer knows how to get a lot of variety in a short amount of time, that is plenty of time. I know from experience that lots of young kids, especially toddlers, don’t have the attention span for much longer than that! After booking, you will also be emailed a prep guide on how to ensure the best results with your family.
Q: Can I book the kids mini session for my newborn/baby?
A: Kids minis are only available for babies who are able to sit independently and older. Up to age 5 is the recommended age since the set and props are small in size.
Q: Can I use the kids mini session options for family photos?
A: We apologize but due to the design of those set options, they cannot be used for family photos.
Q: Where are you located? Can you send me the address?
A: We are located in Harbor Pines, CA. If you are not familiar with the area, Harbor Pines is easily located via Google or Apple Maps (part of the city of Los Angeles). Address and detailed directions are sent to clients upon booking.