written by
Emilia Brown

How to photograph mini sessions?

Photographers 2 min read

Mini sessions are good way to keep you busy without having to spend a lot of time capturing clients. Thought it doesn’t sound appealing, with the right tools and scheduling mini sessions work like magic. Mini sessions are also a great way of attracting new clientele. Here we are going to discuss tips and tricks on how to photograph mini sessions. Always have your them as limited time offers or on weekends once in a while. Don’t damage your image with less price as what makes mini sessions uniques is their size.


Many photographers always wonder how they should time their mini sessions. Every minute counts in a mini session. If your goal is to cater to a large audience in a short duration, a 15 minute session would be great. Always remember to have a buffer of 5 minutes between each session to avoid chaos. Remember that you can book 9 fifteen minute mini sessions in a duration of 3 hours where as you can book only 5 thirty minute mini sessions.

Here is an example of how your 15 minute and 30 minute sessions will look like.

A. 15 minutes session with a 5 minute buffer between 9:00 am - 10:00 am

9:00am, 9:20 am, 9:40 am (3 sessions every hour)

B. 30 minutes session with a 10 minute buffer between 9:00 am - 10:00 am

9:00 am, 9:40 am, 10:20 am. (1.5 sessions every hour)

Take a wise decision in order to maximise your profits.

Tricks to wrap up the mini session in time

  • If your session is with a family and small children, be warm and friendly so that the kids don’t feel shy.
  • Keep candies handy.
  • If you are shooting couples, get portraits of each and also unique signature couple poses.
  • Pick a colour and theme.
  • Eat before the session
  • Bring Props
  • Arrive early
  • Have fun
  • Always schedule your mini sessions ahead.
  • Send a online booking link to your customers.
  • Hire an assistant.

What will your clients get?

Always remember that mini sessions are not discounted full sessions. Never do anything that will undermine your brand and negatively impact your business. Always be upfront on how many slightly retouched images your clients will be getting. Around 20 - 25 images will be good. Do something that works the best for you without having a huge hole in your pocket.

Add in something extra like a frame or a 8X10 print to make it appealing to the clients. Share the images via an online private gallery link and ask your clients to choose the images they want you to process.The shoot must be scheduled at a predetermined location with a single outfit and limited poses.

It is also best to have your mini sessions scheduled ahead and Picktime does it the best by automating it. Sign up with our photography booking system for free and enjoy stress free scheduling.

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