WHY I DON'T OFFER MINI SESSIONS
As a photographer I get a lot of inquires asking me what my rates are for quick mini 30 minute sessions. And I get it. Lot’s of photographers do them. They’re super popular, especially around the holidays. However, as my business has grown, I’ve focused on digging deep and understanding my “why” behind what I do and why I do it. It led me to personally make the decision to not offer mini sessions, and whether you’re a potential client reading this or a fellow photographer thinking, “UM… why not?” I wanted to shed some light on the reasoning behind that decision.
There’s two main reasons I’m not fond of mini sessions and don’t offer them to my clients. The first reason is that I don’t believe they send the message that I value my time or value my client's time. Time is very valuable. I know my sessions are valuable. From the very first inquiry I respond to, I'm invested! I am invested in telling every single unique story that my clients bring to me. I strive to make each session a high-end, memorable, and unique experience. I know the importance of what I am able to offer each family, senior or couple that chooses me document this season in their lives, and I don’t want that to ever change. I started realizing a lot of inquires I got were wanting the full experience of my sessions but with a cheaper price tag, so they would inquire with phrases like, “How much do you charge for a quick little 20 or 30 minute session?” I finally realized my work IS unique, special, and worthy of the full investment because I’m able to give so much attention into each and every client who comes my way. To me, mini sessions don’t offer that same valuable experience so I decided to not offer them. I decided I’d rather have clients that are all in or not at all.
The second reason I don’t do mini sessions is because of how I specifically handle every aspect of my client's experience. Connection is super important to me. I fully believe in order to get those raw, vulnerable, candid, beautiful portraits, I have to know more about the clients that I’m shooting. Therefore, I need to spend more than just 15-20 minutes on their portrait session. I love not having to rush through a quick session. I love spending time with my clients! I love taking time to talk, laugh and get to know them. The more comfortable my clients are with me, the better their portraits! Bonus: I'm no longer just the hired professional, but a dear friend who just happens to capture beautiful moments for them to cherish forever. Therefore, the work I produce during a mini session, to me, isn’t worthy of what I know I’m capable of.
Whether this opens your eyes as a potential client on why I don’t offer mini sessions, or as a photographer gaining new insight into why I do what I do, I hope you learned something from this post! This is purely my explanation of a personal business decision, and in no way a condemnation on you if you offer mini sessions or love them! Photographers do them for all different reasons, and I totally respect that! If you love them, rock on. If you don’t, I can relate. The amazing thing about entrepreneurship is that everybody is different and everyone does things in different ways. And I think that’s incredible!
So tell me, what are YOUR thoughts on mini sessions? Do you like them? Do you not? I’d love to hear your guys’ thoughts in the comments below!