25 MINUTE MINI SESSIONS will be scheduled before or after my booked one hour sessions throughout the fall season, or on select dates. The location will be the same as the one hour session, if applicable. ***See updated locations below.
If you have children under the age of 3, I highly recommend scheduling for September or October before the weather gets colder in November.
How should you schedule a 25 minute mini session? You can check my online booking calendar, and sign up, or contact me with questions.
Great for Family (groups of 6 or less) or children portraits
I bring my camera and you bring your fun, playful attitude for authentic images! I will have some silly discussions with the little kids to make them laugh and smile instead of saying "cheese."
All galleries will have a minimum of 40 images from which to choose your Collection. To sign up, you can either contact me directly first to discuss any questions you have, or you can sign-up by clicking the camera below, and I will reach out to you with further details and tell you the location to confirm, before emailing you the contract. Thank you!
Signed contract and $250 plus tax, non-refundable session retainer fee to book.
Retainer Fee includes your choice of 10 digital files for download.
See my COVID-19 Updates - CLICK HERE. I will be choosing locations where we can avoid crowds during these socially distant sessions.
Interested in one hour family sessions? CLICK HERE!
***November 7th - Patapsco State Park ***November 8th - Howard County Conservancy
Interested in Tree Farm mini sessions? CLICK HERE!
CURRENTLY ALL BOOKED FOR FALL! Please join my email list to be notified when Spring Mini dates open. CLICK HERE
During your Session
Thank you for your interest in Rebecca Leigh Photography! Mini sessions are the perfect option for families (of 6 people or less) who want an updated family portrait and individual portraits of their children. Your gallery will have many beautiful images from which to choose your digital file collection for download. You can expect full family portraits, siblings, individuals, mom+kids, dad+kids, and even a few candid moments. If you have toddlers, keep in mind that they are usually more interested in moving, so these sessions will be very active, rather than sitting still for portraits. With young children, it is normal for your family portraits to be more candid in nature, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try for that one shot of everyone smiling at the camera, toddler willing! We want to have fun and if you relax, I promise we will get some images that you will love. Prior to COVID-19, I brought along a "Bribe Bag." I will not bring it this year, because sessions will be completely contactless and socially distant. I will maintain at least 6 feet from clients at all times. Parents are welcome to offer items to motivate young children or reward them after the session. I recommend puffs, plain cheerios, or non-staining bite sized candy such as smarties or mini marshmallows. I will be wearing a mask during your session.
Before your Session
When the session date gets closer, I will provide details on where to meet me at the location. I recommend arriving about 10 minutes before your scheduled session time to make sure you find parking and have time to get situated. The session length is 25 minutes. I will do a weather check, up to the day of the session. We will make a decision the day of the session to reschedule if there is rain, for afternoon sessions. For morning sessions, we can decide the night before or wait until an hour before the session start time on the morning of. If rain is in the forecast, I will keep you posted. Please add my email to your contacts so these important updates don’t go to your spam folder. Coordinate your outfits for the best overall look in your portraits. Outfits do not have to match, but should look nice together. See more details in What to Wear in Family Photos below. View Style Collections by Rebecca Leigh Photography, to get some ideas. Also, you can google the topic on what to wear for fall family photos. Please dress for the weather and location so that you feel comfortable during the session.
After your Session
Much of the work I do takes place after your session. I select the best images, and bring them to their full potential. Once you view your online proofing gallery, you will let me know which digital collection you will purchase for download. Each individual image you select for your digital file collection is hand edited for color/tonality and retouched for skin blemishes/scratches, etc. In the event that your images need additional retouching within the normal scope outlined in your contract, your proofing gallery will be presented for you to make selections before this additional editing/retouching is completed. This makes the editing process more efficient and allows you to receive your gallery sooner. For proofing galleries that need skin retouching, you will use the heart icon to "favorite" your selected images and send me a note that you've made your selections. If your selected images don't require additional retouching, they will be ready for download as soon as payment is received(if applicable) and I am able to provide you a download link. Your online, password-protected gallery will be ready within 2 weeks post session. You will have the option to purchase more digital files for $20 each, or additional discounted digital file collections, as well as professional prints and products.
Click here to view Family Outfit suggestions
CHECK OUT MY PINTEREST BOARD FOR SUGGESTIONS ON COLOR PALETTES & OUTFIT IDEAS FOR FALL -CLICK HERE
Here are some outfit examples. This is my family from last fall. I am a big fan of solid colors and adding detail with textures! I like to have several neutral colors in the outfits, such as cream, tan, and gray. And then I brought in my sweater which was a mulberry/eggplant color. Then my one son wore a lighter shade of that color but it still fit in the same color family. I didn't want him to wear the exact same color. His shirt has a waffle texture with some buttons to add detail. I like layers, so he wore a gray t-shirt underneath. I accented my sweater with a pretty silver decorative necklace. My daughter is wearing a berry color headband, but now I wanted to incorporate some neutral colors. Her faux fur vest has two tones and texture. She also wore a silver necklace. She and I both have blue jeans (and my husband), but slightly different shades and our ankle boots are similar in color. As for the boys, I didn't want everyone wearing blue jeans, so they are wearing tan slacks, but not the same ones. My middle son has a wheat or flax color with a smooth texture. My youngest has corduroys. Then my youngest is wearing a two tone woven sweater which is gray/cream. And then he has a cream shirt underneath. Again, use those layers to pick up small amounts of other colors. My middle son has tan Bucks, and the youngest has gray Converse shoes. Everyone wears neutral color socks. Some have stripes, but they go with the outfits. Finally my husband has a maroon t-shirt under his gray sweater.