We've all seen the "Mini-Sessions" advertised. So what exactly is a mini-session? I can't answer that for any other photographer but for myself, it goes something like this.
We come up with a "theme" or setting, choose a destination and book sessions for 15-30 minute time periods. There is a limited number of shots and a limited number of packages. Most times, the packages are chosen at the session and delivered within a couple of weeks. (Think sports or school picture time frame). We don't photograph any large families (over 5 people) in our mini sessions and sometimes, it's only one shot just like with our recent "One Great Shot" sessions. Mini-sessions are done on a very limited basis -- at the very most, once every 3 months or so. We shoot such a high volume during the mini's that we can only do them sporadically.
Our custom sessions, however, ARE completely customized to the person or family I'm photographing. I have either a phone or in-person session consultation with each client to let them know what to expect, offer tips on clothing choices, and go over our pricing and product lines.
Sessions normally last from 1-3 hours based on the type of session booked. After the session, we post a quick sneak peek online so that you can see a sample of what we saw when you were being photographed.
All images are then processed and you come into the studio for your ordering session where you will watch a slideshow of all your images and then choose your favorites. We walk you through every step of the ordering process and suggest products or print sizes based on the image and specific needs of the client. Custom gallery wraps, framed wall portraits, albums and jewelry are all included in our product line-up. EACH AND EVERY image that you order is gone over with a fine-tooth comb and retouched to remove blemishes, soften lines or wrinkles, whiten teeth when needed and blending or removing stray hair. You also receive a low-resolution file for facebook, instagram, snap-chat, etc. FREE for every image you order.
I realize this is all a lot to take in so I've made a chart to show the differences in Mini-sessions vs. Custom sessions. I hope this helps clear up an questions you may have when deciding on which type of session to book.
Whichever session you choose, you can be assured that we take every aspect of your session into consideration ... from posing to lighting ... you will still receive the Dena Howard Portrait Design standard of photography.
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