What’s the Difference between a Full Family Session and a Mini Session?

Have you ever wondered, “What’s the difference between a full family session and a mini session?” I’m glad you asked!

Today you get to meet the Kowalskis and take a peek at their Hendersonville Family Photo Session  at Station Camp Creek.  I’ll walk you through some of the major differences between a full session (which the Kowalski Family did) and a mini session (which I offer only twice a year).

1. Full photo sessions offer Multiple locations.

You might notice from those first two images that we are already in two  different “settings,” one being on a bridge and the other in a field. A full session allows us the opportunity to move around a bit and try several locations, ultimately giving you more option for that one special shot you were looking for!

2. Mini sessions last 15-20 minutes, while full sessions usually last 45-60 minutes.

Are you unsure about whether you need the extra time? Well… if you know your kids will barely last more than 10 minutes, it might be good to opt for a mini session! But, if your child (or children) loves to run and play and laugh and doesn’t mind being held by mom and dad, or tickled, or told to run at the camera, then a full session might be a lot of fun. Some kids wear out quickly, while others take a while to warm up. These are all things to consider when choosing which session is the best fit for your family!

3. Full Family Photo Sessions create fun memories!

If you want to remember coming to the park together,  playing in the creek, and swinging while holding hands, then consider doing a full session. If you really just need THE SHOT for a family Christmas card or grandparent gift, then a mini session is perfect. Ask yourself whether you’re looking to create an experience and memory with your family, or simply update a few photos. Don’t get me wrong, we laugh and tickle and have tons of fun at mini sessions… and you can always keep the fun going with your own ‘outing’ tacked on to the mini session, like ice cream treats for the kids or a trip to the playground afterward.

I hope this post helps you see some of the variations in what we capture during a family session… if you’re interested in seeing a sample of mini sessions, check out these blog posts:

The Benson Family | Nashville Winter Mini Session

Fall Mini Sessions at Homestead Manor

Nashville Fall Mini Sessions Part 2

I just announced Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX mini sessions in Flower Mound on April 29, 2017.
I also have some fun Matilda Jane Mini Sessions coming soon in Franklin, TN… as well as Spring Mini Sessions in Nashville! Join the email list to be the first to hear about these dates and sign ups, coming soon!

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