Mini Sessions 2019 FAQ



Mini Session dates and times are available HERE! There are lots to choose from, so please read the information below before making a selection.  If you want to be first to find out about any and all of my future promotions, make sure to join my email list HERE.


Each date offers a different location.  All locations are within 15 minutes driving distance from Long Beach.  By popular demand, here are the beloved spots I am shooting at this year:

– Saturday, 10/12: Gum Grove Park (Seal Beach)
– Saturday, 10/26: Seal Beach (AM- Pier, PM- Dunes)
– Sunday, 10/27: El Dorado Park*
– Saturday, 11/2: El Dorado Park*
– Saturday. 11/16: Monte Verde Park (Lakewood)
– Sunday 11/17: Colorado Lagoon
– Saturday 12/7: Rynerson Park (Lakewood)  *NEW DATE ADDED*

*El Dorado Park charges a $7 entrance fee on Saturdays.

What’s included?
Mini sessions include 20 minutes of shooting and result in 20 edited images delivered via online gallery.  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 Much?
Mini session are $250.  A $50 non-refundable deposit will be required upon booking, and the remaining balance ($200) will be due at the time of your session.  Cash, check, or Venmo are my preferred forms of payment on the day of your session. You will notice that unless you pay the deposit via Stripe, it will not let you proceed.  In the event that you do not want to use this feature, I also accept Venmo or personal checks for the deposit.  Sessions are given on a first come, first served basis meaning I will book the person who pays the deposit first.  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 (  You will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours.

How is a mini session different than a regular (1 hour) session?
A mini session is a short, 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 more 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!).

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 $50 deposit is required to reschedule any session, so make sure you double check your calendar before choosing your date!  In the event of cancellation on my end due to weather or [my] serious illness/family emergency, you will be refunded completely.

What happens if I am running late to my session?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of back-to-back scheduling, I cannot accommodate 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 should wear the same color or pattern!  I’d recommend choosing 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!

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