Central Texas Lifestyle Photographer | Monica Brown
Okay so I've done this blog post before, but I switched websites and it's gone now so I thought I do it again. It was literally the most visited thing on my old website.
But first let's just get something super clear before we get this started...
Mini sessions aren't bad. I'm not saying you should never sign up for mini sessions. I actually envy the photographers that do them and do them well and there is absolutely a place for them in the market.
This blog post is about me, what I want out of each photo session, and how wanting that means I can't get to the part of the session that I consider my art in under 20 minutes (the typical length of a mini session).
So on to why I don't do mini sessions...
My goal 100% of the time when I'm photographing a family session is to get to the meat of the session. That part where you can really start to see a clear picture of the family dynamics and genuine connections between family members.
My most favorite compliment I get is when someone tells me I've captured their child's soul or when a family tells me the images we created together really tell the story of their family. I can't tell the story of your family in 20 minutes. I can't do the thing I consider my art in 20 minutes. I've tried. I'm just not capable. I did mini sessions once and there was absolutely nothing mini about it and we didn't get to the part that makes my heart really sing until at least 20 minutes in. Were the pictures from the first 20 minutes bad? No. We're they the stuff my dreams are made of? Not really.
In the first 20 minutes were trying to settle in, I'm figuring out the family dynamic and the best way to incorporate it into the images I'm creating. Everyone is getting used to the camera attached to my head and figuring out that they don't need to look at it.