Since I’ve started my photography business two years ago, I think I offered a total of 6 days of mini sessions.
A few in the lavender fields, a few in the blossoming apple trees, one in studio and that’s about it.
It’s not much, right? When I think that a lot of photographers offers them for every season and every holidays.
I often have clients asking me when will be my next ones and my answer is often:
“I do not plan on having some for a while.” Or “I do not know.”
The reason for that is that I HATE MINI-SESSIONS.
I do hate them.
I KNOW that photography is expensive (for good reasons, but it still is) and not everyone has the money to pay the full price for a regular shoot.
I get that.
I really do.
But as much as I want to please my clients, for me mini-sessions are just a pain in the ass.
I’ve been looking for the reason why I hated them for quite a while and it’s just recently that I understood.
IT DOES NOT FIT MY BRAND.
Each day I’m finding more and more things that makes me fall in love with photography. Each day I’m working more and more to make my brand fits me and the way I think.
And one of the big thing I’ve really been working on for the past months to achieve that is to build a relationship with my clients.
I’ve noticed that to make the greatest photos of you guys, I need to know you.
I need to make you feel like my friends.
I need to show you the silly me so you’ll show me the silly you.
But I need to KNOW YOU GUYS.
I need to understand your personalities and the kind of relationship you have.
It’s only once I understand that, that I know how to make my photos about you.
Because I do not want to just take cute and pretty photos in a field that you appear on.
You know what I mean?
And you’ve got to understand that it’s still a work in progress for me. It’s something I’ve discovered and started to work on it a lot for the past weeks/months only. So I’m not quite where I wish to be yet.
But I’m working on it A LOT. And I’m getting there.
SO, to achieve that, what do I do?
I talk to you before and during the shoot.
I ask you guys how you met, what you like to do when you’re alone together and what you do for a living or in your free time.
I ask you guys a lot of questions and also, I GET SILLY.
I try to make a lot of jokes, I gesture the poses I want you to do, I dance on the music, etc.
I make you guys laugh.
When I do that, it takes about 10 minutes before you guys start being comfortable and another 10 to 15 mins(depending on the couple) before you start being silly too. That’s when you start showing me the real you.
And by that time, the mini-sessions is already done.
During mini-sessions, I do not get to capture the real you.
Most of the time, the shoot ends before you guys get there.
That’s why it does not fit my brand.
That’s why I don’t like them.
And I think it makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? 😉
When I have 15-20 families/couples, sometimes even more, coming in front of my lens in only a few hours and I barely have the time to talk with them and get to know them, I literally feel like a robot.
So, I guess mini-sessions are totally appropriate if you want cute photos of your kids with a Halloween or Christmas backdrop.
But that’s not me. I won’t ever do that. #sorrynotsorry
As I said earlier, I want my photos to talk about you guys. I do not want to just take cute and pretty photos in a field that you guys appear on.
I want you guys to feel the craziness of your couple in my photos.
And for that I need to spend some time with you guys! 😊
With all that being said, I’ll probably gonna continue to offer them once in a while, because I always love to please you guys. But don’t wait too much for them. ahah!😉