It has been so much fun photographing this family over the last year! They first came to me when their littlest was a newborn and I can’t believe she is already a year old., but as you can see it was a fun celebration of their littlest sister.
And, here are a few pictures from my niece’s sibling session. It was so nice to just focus on my niece for her own session, and then have a separate little session for this sisters especially since it was exhausting getting all three in a picture together! Of course, I had the perfect idea in my mind for the picture that I wanted to capture . . . let’s just say thank goodness for plan B (and plan C for that matter).
You probably think I am going to talk about real estate, but I am going to talk about picking the best location for a session done outdoors. A little bit ago, I had a client who told me she loved sun-drenched pictures. We picked a location and a time for the session. The start time of the session was a little bit later in the morning than I would prefer, but she said she loved sun-drenched pictures, so I wasn’t too concerned. Some of my favorite pictures in her gallery were the sun-drenched, soft and dreamy pictures. A few of them had a little bit of sun flare, too. She didn’t like those pictures at all. She even asked me to edit out the sun flare. I took a few lessons away from that session. It’s all about learning and improving, right?
This is hands down one of my favorite locations. When I started out years ago, I never ran into anyone at this location. But, the word is out and I see more and more photographers using this location. Can’t blame them. It has a little bit of everything.
Picking a location is one of the most important things when planning the session. If you pick a location because it has special meaning to you, you need to consider the time of day and the time of year you are doing your session to make the most of your session. There are some locations that I prefer to shoot in the morning and there are some locations that I prefer to shoot in the evening. There are some locations that make better Spring/Summer locations and some that make better Fall locations. Do you like wooded locations? How about an open field? Or, what about a playground because your kids just aren’t the kind of kids who like to sit still and are on the go? What about a place that has a pond or stream? Do you need to pick a location that works with your kid’s schedule? Do you prefer mornings or evenings? Ideally, outdoor sessions are best done within 2 hours of sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. Do you need a place with fewer distractions? I love shooting during the Fall, but that can also be tricky. I often will tell clients that even though a location may be picturesque, it doesn’t necessarily make it an ideal location for a portrait session. I know it sounds like a lot to consider, but I’ll do my best to help you pick the ideal spot.
Easter & Spring Mini-Sessions at the Studio | Southern York County Pennsylvania Newborn & Family Photographer
One of the things on my to do list for Pictures by Whitney is to offer more seasonal mini-sessions since I have the studio space to offer them. Who is ready for their close up?
If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 717-814-9088.
In addition to regular sessions, I’ve been shooting some Valentine mini-sessions last week. How adorable is this brother and sister duo!?!
Mini-Sessions are awesome!
They are a great introduction to custom photography, or a great way to update your family photos when you don’t need a full family session. Maybe you have a child (or children) who doesn’t have a long attention span, but they are agreeable to having their picture taken so they are good at getting in and getting out. Typically, I do 5-6 of them in a year. Most of them are family sessions, but some of them are seasonal like my costume mini-sessions or holiday sessions.
So what exactly is a mini-session? A mini-session is a session that lasts about 15 minutes and you will have up to 8 images in your gallery. The cost for a mini-session is currently $125. They are done on a specific time and a specific location and multiple time slots available for you to choose from on that particular day. It is important that you are prompt for your session because they are scheduled back-to-back. That is what makes it cost-effective for me to offer them. It also includes a print credit, but it is less than a regular session. The print credit with a mini-session is $50. Typically, a mini-session will have no more than 5 people and no pets. It also does not allow for outfit changes.
So, how do I book a mini-session? I will announce my mini-sessions via email and Facebook. They are scheduled first come first serve, and to secure your session, you must pay for your mini-sessions within 10 days of booking your time slot. In the event of inclement weather, you can reschedule for one of my rain dates, or I can apply a credit to your account for a future session/mini-session.
Note: There are no discounts applied to mini-sessions because they are already discounted sessions. Also, prices are subject to change (only important if you are not reading this in the future).
Sometimes I get to go to new places to do sessions. This one was done at a family vacation home that has been in the family for many, many years. They were looking to get one good family photograph of everyone (I think the mission was successful!) I always get a little nervous about doing sessions that I haven’t visited yet. Even though some places are picturesque, it doesn’t necessarily make them a perfect location for a session. The is place was perfect. We did the session in the middle of the day (which can be tricky) but some big beautiful trees provided enough open shade that it all came together.
Another Family Session @ Wallace Cross Mill | Southern York County Pennsylvania Newborn & Family Photographer
There are so many reasons that sessions at the Mill are so popular. One it has good light and open shade. It has this awesome creek, and a very cool historic Mill. It changes with the seasons. It is just beautiful. It is also one of my favorite places because it is usually pretty quiet. It truly is a hidden gem. I loved hanging out with this family and getting to know them.
A couple weeks ago, our friends (and neighbors) had found out that their dog had Lymphoma. They wanted to schedule a family session with Ellie. They were totally up for my suggestion to do the session at this private residence with a slightly over-grown field. It was a fun session, but a little sad, too. It is so hard to let go of a pet especially one that has been a part of just about every adult milestone in your life. They are one of the nicest families you’ll ever meet, and Miss Ellie is one of the sweetest dogs. I am so glad that I was able to capture some pictures of them with Ellie. I am sure that they will treasure them forever.
Big Smiles @ Wallace Cross Mill Mini-Session | Southern York County Pennsylvania Newborn and Family Photographer
It is hard for me to believe that I just did her newborn pictures a couple of months ago. Time flies by so quickly. Photographing a 3 month old is no easy task. Most of them are just starting to focus and they are still working on controlling those crazy arms and getting stronger and stronger to hold up their heads, but this little was awesome! So much fun to see her growing up.