Autumn & Holiday Mini Sessions 2019

October 23, 2019  •  1 Comment

Autumn & Holiday Mini Sessions

Here's what you need to know..


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Session Details

Mini Sessions will run 15-20 minutes, this is the perfect amount of time for families with small children. In my experience the "perfect" family portrait is captured within the first 5-10 minutes. The remainder of the session is mostly candids and playful portraits.


Mini Sessions yield about 20-60 images, it all depends on the size of the family and vibe of your individual session. I provide as many images as I feel are worthy of your final collection. All images delivered are enhanced for optimal light and clarity. No raw images will be provided.


I provide high resolution digital images so downloading your entire collection of images can take up a large amount of space on your personal computer or laptop. Consider adding on a flash drive containing your complete collection of images for an extra $10


Complete collection of final images will be delivered via email containing a link to your password protected online viewing gallery from my website, where you can download all your images. I always suggest downloading your images to your desktop computer or laptop rather than your phone or ipad for optimal quality when printing. 10 image preview is delivered within 48 hours followed by complete collection within 14 days.


High quality professional prints may be purchased separately through my website (prints starting at $4/4x6). If you prefer to print your images or create greeting cards I suggest using a professional quality printing site such as Artifact Uprising for prints and Basic Invite for holiday/greeting cards. Don't forget to use code: ASHLEYHALAS to recieve 40% off your Holiday Cards with 


Tips for a great Mini Session

  •  Mini Sessions are scheduled back to back, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your session. This will give you time to find parking, wake, dress and prepare the little ones, walk over and be ready for your session at your scheduled start time.


  • Coordinate outfits but avoid dressing exactly alike. Choose outfits and colors that complement each rather than match from head to toe. Create a color palette by choosing one or two base colors that are neutral then add a pop of color that compliments the season, such as olive green, mustard, burgundy or dark blue. Deep warm colors look best in the fall. Avoid bright or neon colors such as orange, red or bright green. Remember the fall brings with it damp environments so try to keep this in mind when choosing footwear.


  • If you have very young children in your family consider bringing along a small treat such as m&m's, or puffs. However your discretion and only break them out as a last resort to encourage a smile or cooperation. 


  • Young children do not always cooperate or behave exactly as we hope despite our best efforts and that's okay! Mini sessions are most successful when mom and dad go with the flow and maintain their calm. Be prepared to get playful with the kids and always remember to maintain your smile.


  • Do not bring along your child's lovey or favorite toy unless you are okay with it ending up in your photos. Trying to take away a toy once it's time to start your session most times triggers a meltdown.


  • Be well rested and eat prior to your session. Babies, kids, even dads all feel better, have more patience, and are in a better mood overall when they aren't hungry or anticipating a meal. Don't skip nap time or choose a time slot that conflicts with naps. 


  • Plan a fun activity for after your session so your little ones have something they are looking forward to and can be reminded of throughout the session.


  • Most importantly, don't stress and enjoy your session. Mini Sessions are designed to be fun for the whole family and interactive. Enjoy this 15 minutes together just being yourselves and try to forget about being the "perfect" family. 



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Weather (Autumn Mini Sessions ONLY)

Because all Autumn Mini Sessions are held at outdoor locations I will be monitoring the weather closely over the next few days. If there is a 50% chance or more of rain I will send an email at 6:00am the day of your session letting you know if we will be rescheduling for the rain date.

The ideal time to shoot Autumn Mini Sessions is short, lasting only about three weeks. Because the leaves change and fall so quickly I'm only able to offer one rain date. In the unfortunate and unlikely event it rains on both your original booking date and rain date 50% of your deposit will be credited towards a future session (excluding Holiday Minis)




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Karen Mendez(non-registered)
We want to do Holiday mini this year♥️
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