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MINI SESSIONS 2018: WEEKEND 1

Family photo season is here once again! I love doing mini sessions for a lot of reasons — efficiency, budget, locations, and kid-friendliness. I often have parents say, “Well, I’m not sure that 20 minutes is long enough for my kids… They are kind of unpredictable.” Sister. Brother. Hold the phone and slow your roll. Let me tell you — 20 minutes is PLENTY for any child under 5. I have found that you get the best smiles and most cooperative toddlers and babies in the first 5 minutes, when I and my camera are novelties. Also, they start to doubt your bribes are really coming through after that (law of diminishing returns, I think).

My first mini session weekend was a smash success, and I think I found a new favorite location! I posted up at Raleigh Union Station, a gorgeous new train station in the coolest part of downtown Raleigh (which was not at all cool when I was growing up in the Raleigh suburbs). Rolling up in my Honda Odyssey amongst a swarm of 20-somethings on Bird scooters made me feel decidedly uncool, but I quickly forgot that and just enjoyed these sweet families, most of whom are my good friends. :)

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Let me know if you are interested in booking a session at this location, or anywhere else! The light here is great, there’s a cafe across the street, lots of good food nearby, and it is climate and weather controlled (praise) while still retaining great light! Win win win.

MINI SESSIONS 2017

Last December, I hosted my first weekend of mini sessions, and had such a blast! I was getting tons of requests for family photos for holiday cards and was literally running out of time/weekends in which to accommodate everyone. This ended up being a GREAT solution. I loved it, and I think my clients loved it too. Why? 

-Mini sessions are only 20 minutes as opposed to 40-60 minutes (wayyyy better for little kids!)
-Fewer options - sometimes we can be paralyzed by too many choices, in this case posing and grouping. A shorter time frame forces us all to focus and get excellent shots in a little window. 
-Budget-friendly!

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I had a great time thinking through details, especially things that would make it fun for the kids. I brought snacks and candy (bribery always works!) in my kids' little red wagon, with balloons attached so that I could just be a mobile photo station in Forest Hills Park and allow people to find me quickly. I had some goofy Christmas props, and every family got to take home a special Christmas ornament. 

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I will definitely do more of this this fall, probably in late October or early November, to give you ample time to get your cards ordered for Christmas. Stay tuned for more info!

ASHLEY + J.MIKE

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with my new friends Ashley and J. Mike at Cocoa Cinnamon in downtown Durham. If you haven't checked this place out, put it on your list NOW, because it's some of the best coffee in the South (coming from a sort-of Seattle-ite... You know I'm serious, and it's good!). 

We started at CC and then strolled down to some old railroad trestles around the corner to get some headshots/couple shots for the Blake's new venture, Midnight Harvest. These people are so rad. We met through our church, and now they're moving on to help with another church plant southeast of Raleigh. I'm sad they won't be at King's Park as much, but I'm excited for all their new adventures! Ashley grew up in Kazakstan and speaks Russian (what?!) and Mike works as a sports journalist at the News & Observer, so they're both pretty much my heroes. AND they're super creative, are parents to two adorable babies, obviously have a great friendship, and love Jesus, so I'm just over here like... #goals. 

Thanks, Ashley and Mike, for letting me spend this time with you, and sharing a little bit about your lives with me! Excited for your new chapter... Now everybody go check out Midnight Harvest on their blog and Instagram! :)