2018 Mini Sessions FAQ

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Hey friends, it’s that time of year again… but wasn’t it just August?! Yes, it’s still summer, but Fall dates are going quickly and mini sessions are now yours for the taking!  Use this page to get answers to all my most frequently asked questions, and to prepare for your shoot. 🙂

What is included in a mini session package?
15 minutes of shooting and 15 edited images.  Your images will be delivered within 2 weeks from your session date via email in an online gallery where you can download the photos in an instant, and/or order prints.

How is a mini session different than a regular (1 hour) session?
A mini session is a short, 15-20 minute photo session, intended for grabbing that quick updated family photo to use on holiday cards or social media.  It is not designed for large extended families (6+ people) or for other things like maternity, newborn, or graduation photos.  If you are looking for those other things, or to capture candid interactions, individual head shots, or a very personalized family experience, the mini session will not be enough time.  Mini sessions are scheduled in back-to-back 20 minute time increments that allow for several families to be seen on the same day, in one convenient location (please make sure to arrive on time!).

Where will mini sessions be taking place this year?
October 7th – Gum Grove Park in Seal Beach (forested trail).
October 13th – *San Diego Location* Felicita Park in Escondido (forested trails).
October 14th – San Gabriel River Trail in Lakewood near Monte Verde Park (grassy trail).
October 27th – Seal Beach dunes (beach scene, not on the water).
November 3rd – El Dorado Regional Park (*there is a $7 fee required to enter this park)

How much does a mini session cost and what forms of payment do you accept?
Mini sessions are $225.  A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to book a date, and the remaining $200 is due at the time of your session.  Payments can be made via PayPal, Venmo, cash, or personal check.  Credit card payments will be subject to a 3% processing fee.

How do I book a mini session?
You can access my calendar and choose a date/time by clicking here.  You will notice that unless you make the deposit using a PayPal account, it will not let you proceed.  In the event that you do not have a PayPal account or do not want to make one, I also accept Venmo or personal checks.  Sessions are given on a first come, first served basis meaning I will book the person who pays the deposit first.  I highly recommend getting one of these apps (PayPal or Venmo) so that you can make the deposit quickly, rather than mailing or delivering a check.  If you are using Venmo, you will need to first make the payment (using this link) and then email me your desired session date and time (amanda@doskofoto.com).  You will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours.

What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule?
The reason I charge a non-refundable deposit is to discourage cancellations and rescheduling, since changing plans at the last minute usually means I cannot rebook your original time slot.  This is a bummer for me, but it also means that someone else who wanted the slot missed out.  For this reason, a new $25 deposit is required to reschedule any session, so make sure you double check your calendar before choosing your date!  In the event of cancellation due to weather or [my] serious illness/family emergency, you will be refunded completely.

What happens if I am running late?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of back-to-back scheduling, I cannot accomodate you if you are running late.  If you are prone to running late (most of us are!) make sure to mentally schedule yourself 30 minutes before your actual session time, so that everyone is in the car, dressed and ready to go well before the last minute.  Most of these locations will require you to find parking and walk to the location, so giving yourself some extra time before starting the session is always recommended.

What should I wear to my session?
I highly recommend color-coordinating your family’s outfits, but this does not mean everyone wearing the same color or pattern!  Choose at least 3 “theme colors” and have each person’s outfit incorporate 2 of the colors differently.  If you need a good place to start thinking of ideas, I created this Pinterest board for inspiration.  Super bright neon colors never photograph well, and white shirts tend to take on the color of your surroundings.  Pinstripes do weird things to the camera (look up the Moiré effect) and should be avoided if possible.  Don’t forget the camera often washes you out, so this is the time to wear a little more makeup than you usually do, and feel free to go all out with your accessories and hairstyles.

Have a question that I didn’t answer here?
Feel free to email me any other questions at amanda@doskofoto.com.

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