OUTDOOR MINI SESSION PREP GUIDE
HOW TO PREPARE AND WHAT TO EXPECT
So your session can run as smoothly as possible, I have compiled a prep guide to help us get the most out of your mini session!
The great thing about outdoor sessions is that, well, they’re outdoors! Whilst it will still be important for us to maintain social distancing throughout your session, there is currently no requirement to wear face coverings for this type of interaction. All props and accessories used in your session (blankets, bowls, dresses etc.) will be washed or isolated or disinfected after each use and I will ask a parent to make adjustments to their/their children’s clothing/hair etc. throughout the session, in order for me to maintain a suitable distance wherever possible.
The day before your session you will be asked to complete a Covid-19 liability release waiver to confirm that you or anyone in your household or anyone you have been in close contact with does not have or has not had symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days and that you accept any possible risks of attending your session. I also affirm the same upon your completion of this document.
Booking your session
Our Mini Sessions run at various points in the year, but not all-year round like our full sessions do and there are very limited spaces. Mini Sessions book up quickly, so if you’d like to be notified of when these go on sale. please join our mailing list!
How long does an Outdoor Mini Session last?
Outdoor Mini Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
It’s really important to arrive on time to your Mini Session so we can run on time for everyone else booked in on the day. Just so you know – if you arrive 20 minutes late or more, then your session will be cancelled.
Please try to arrive on time, but if you are running late, please message me on; 07956114916.
What should I bring to the session?
Please bring a change of clothes for children (in case their clothing becomes wet or dirty) and some snacks (these can prove very useful!), as well as your usual changing bag supplies for babies/younger children. A hairbrush is also useful for long hair. Please feel free to bring one or two favourite toys along, as these can be great to help get the kids relaxed for their photographs.
How should I prepare the kids?
My advice would be to say very little to your children about your planned session! By all means, mention you are going for a photo shoot and that it’s going to be fun, but please don’t worry about telling kids that they must listen and smile, as it’s often counter-productive.
The best possible thing you can do is to ensure that young children have had a good nap before their session and that all kids have something to eat beforehand.
How will you pose us?
I aim for a variety of poses, so you/your children may be walking, sitting or laying down, giving piggy back rides or tickling. I may ask you to sit on the ground – I always bring a blanket with me, but if it’s dry, then images look great amongst just the grass & trees. The aim is to have fun and engage with your children, to bring out their personalities.
What should we wear?
I suggest wearing plain, well fitting clothing that you are comfortable in. Please avoid patterns, logos and prints and instead opt for 1 or 2 colour tones that compliment each other. Although you might not generally like dressing ‘matchy-matchy’, for photo shoots, this actually looks great!
Below, I’ve put together a PDF to download, for some colour ideas and options for you to consider, to help you choose the perfect outfit for your mini session.
Download the Bluebell/Spring/Summer PDF colour guide here; Outdoor Mini Sessions.
For a brief visual guide on clothing ideas, check out my Pinterest boards;
Can I bring my extended family or friends to the session?
Only immediate family (i.e. those participating in the session) should attend the session, as having other’s there causes unnecessary distractions for children.
Mini Sessions are limited to one family or siblings and a maximum of 4 children in a session.
What if it’s raining on the day?
If there is slight drizzle, then sessions will go ahead as planned, as this won’t affect the outcome of your session. If it’s pouring with rain or blowing a gale, then we will reschedule your session to a later date. Either way, I always get in touch the day before an outdoor session to confirm.
When will I see my photographs?
At the end of your session we will arrange your viewing & ordering appointment to take place in approximately 2 weeks time at my studio. This is when you will get to see your beautifully edited and enhanced gallery of around 15 to 20 photographs, choose your favourites and place your order. Payment for an order is due at your viewing appointment.
I always advise that all decision makers are present at the viewing and ordering appointment, as you may find you need help choosing your portraits! It is also advised that children (with the exception of babies) do not accompany parents to viewing appointments wherever possible. Viewing appointments are currently taking place in my studio as usual, at 1m+ social distancing with the use of face coverings in addition.
When will I get my order?
Once you have placed your order, you can expect your purchased images and prints to be ready for collection in approximately 2-3 weeks time. If you have ordered wall art or albums then these will be ready in around 4-6 weeks time.
Where is your studio?
You can find me at; First Floor, 29 Station Road, Steeton, West Yorkshire, BD20 6RL. Please enter via the front door (don’t worry, you are not walking into the hairdressers!) and head up the stairs, where you will find my studio on your right. There is no on-site parking at the studio, but I will advise you of close-by on-street parking options before your viewing appointment.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all and as always, if you have any questions, please just ask!