Fall Mini Sessions

So you've booked your mini session, now what?

Grab yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte, kick up your cute fall boots, snuggle into your cozy sweater and take a few minutes to read through all of the information below! Make sure you fill out the form below while you’re at it.

Deposit

Your mini session is $150 total. A $50 deposit is required to fully book your time slot. Please send the deposit to lbinder@me.com via PayPal or Venmo. The remaining $100 is due in cash the day of the session. Please bring the money in a sealed envelope marked with your family name.

Location

Mini sessions on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 will take place at the beautiful Blackwell Forest Preserve in Wheaton. It will be the perfect fall setting for your family photos. Blackwell's main entrance is on the north side of Butterfield Road 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road. You will follow the signs to Mt. Hoy and park in the lot on your left immediately after the Boat Launch.

Mini sessions on the mornings of Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, November 4 will take place at a location TBD. As soon as the location is decided you will get an email with the information.

Timing

Timing is everything when it comes to mini sessions. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to your allotted time slot so that your family is ready to go. I want to make the most of your 20 minutes and that means starting right on time! Because I have sessions booked back-to-back, there will be no going over your time slot. If you are late, that will cut into your allotted time. Plan for traffic and give yourself extra time. Trust me, your session will run much smoother if you and your family are relaxed!

Outfits

Planning your families wardrobe can be hard. Click HERE to read the blog post on what to wear and hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips to make this part easier!

Prepping Your Children

Don’t underestimate the importance of prepping your children beforehand! If you get everyone’s buy-in the session will run smooth like butter. Check out this blog post I wrote about preparing your children, lots of helpful advice there! The good news, this is a quick and painless session! 20 minutes will be gone in the blink of an eye so if you get your kids to cooperate for that short time, everyone will be happy!

Be Prepared

Come to your session ready to have fun. My goal is to make this a stress-free experience for everyone. The more prepared we are beforehand the more fun your session will be! Fill out the questionnaire below and let me know what your expectations are. I’ll do my best to capture everything you want in the 20 minutes we have together. If you want to focus only on getting several great family shots, that’s great! If you want just one great family shot and then some breakouts, that’s great too! As long as I know your expectations going into the session I will guide you on exactly what to do and I’m confident that in 20 minutes you’ll end up with family photos to cherish. I will never make you pose stiffly and awkwardly smile at the camera, rather I seek to capture your families unique bond and connection in a natural way.

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Weather & Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, I will schedule a backup mini session date. Please note, there will only be one backup date and your time slot will remain the same. Due to the popularity of these sessions, I cannot except last minute cancellations. If your family needs to cancel at the last minute, you will not be refunded your initial deposit. I will, however save your deposit to be used for the booking of a full session with me at a later date.

Image Delivery

Your final images will be delivered via an email link to a beautiful online gallery. You will receive the link 1-2 weeks after your session. I will post a sneak peak of each session via social media (Facebook and Instagram) just a few days after your session. Please let me know if you do not want any images posted, since I know a lot of people plan to use these photos for Christmas cards and might want to save a specific photo for that.

Thanks for taking the time to read through everything, I can’t wait for our session together! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!