Mini vs Custom Photography Sessions: What You Need to Know

If you are thinking of planning a photography session, you’ve probably heard the term mini session’ mentioned quite a bit. Throughout the year I offer different types of mini sessions. There are a few differences when it comes to a mini photography session vs a custom session. Below are some of the key differences and what you need to know so you can decide which session is best for you and your family.

Time Limits

This is of course one of the main differences between the two sessions. A custom photography session will last an hour or two while I will usually book several mini sessions in one day since they only last about 20 – 25 minutes at most.

Number of Poses

Secondly, a custom photography session will allow for as many poses as possible within the time booked while a mini session offers less time so I will use my skills to capture as many candid moments at possible in a shorter period of time.

Number of Photos

While I will still try and shoot as many photos as possible during your mini session, you will naturally end up with fewer photos than you would if you had booked a custom session. A custom session generates between 30 – 40 images while a mini session will give you about 5- 10 images. There will also usually be minimal retouching of the photos taken at a mini session.

So which photography session is best for you?

You may be surprised to find that many of my clients actually choose both! Often clients will opt for the custom session for the entire family at a location of their choice. This gives them more time to play around with poses, props and wardrobe changes. While they opt for mini sessions to get a few great photos of the kiddos as a compliment in between the custom sessions.

Regardless of which you choose, I look forward to working with you!

XO

Kellyn

St. Louis Arch Fall Mini Sessions with Kellyn Wilson Photography

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