Catherine Murray Photo | Prepping For Mini Session


What to Bring

  1. It's a good idea to arrive a few minutes early and to bring your photo shoot outfits with you to the studio and get dressed when you arrive, that way there aren't any last minute coffee spills, mud splashes or spit up incidents on your thoughtfully chosen outfits. The studio sometimes runs a little hot or cold depending on the season, so plan accordingly. If you're not sure what to wear, here's a helpful guide
  2. For little ones, bring extra outfits, wipes, diapers, and snacks to keep them clean and happy throughout the shoot.
  3. For adults, bring a few accessory options like cardigans, scarves, necklaces, jackets or hats along with a comb and any makeup you might like to refresh.
  4. If your child has something that always makes them smile, bring it. One 2-year-old's successful bribing tools were yogurt raisins and playing the Frozen soundtrack on her parent's iPhone.
  5. I have lots of props for every theme and will suggest ideas as we go along, but some clients bring a few of their own personal things from home like books, blankets, favorite toys, silly glasses, and stuffed animals. My favorite client-provided props have been an inflatable turkey, a bicycle, and a dutch oven! 
  6. Dogs are welcome! Really, so are lizards, bunnies, gerbils, you name it. Just make sure your pet can be contained when needed and doesn't get too upset by new surroundings.
  7. Some clients bring along a helper like a sister or mother to get the kids to smile at the camera and entertain them while the parents are choosing their favorites. This is especially nice to do when the family member is from out of town--it doubles as quality time AND they get to sneak into a few shots to remember the trip by. 

What to Expect

  1. The shoot itself will go by in a flash. I'll suggest a general direction like "How about sitting on the bench?" and then chat with you while taking a bunch of photos. Clients will sometimes ask "What should I be doing?" and I usually say "You're already doing it." 
  2. There's plenty of space at the studio, it's huge! There's a large dressing room for changing clothes, applying makeup and checking hair. There's also a lobby area with couches and toys where kids can hang out while you're choosing your favorite photos. Of course there are bathrooms, tissues, water, and all those essentials, too. 
  3. Mini sessions always go surprisingly smoothly, even with the most unwilling subjects. I shoot a ton of photos to make sure I catch illusive smiles and lightning fast kids. I've never had a client leave without at least 5 photos they absolutely love, and usually they have a hard time narrowing down because they love so many of them.
  4. You may run into other families before and after your session, as the shoots run back-to-back. You might even recognize them since most of my clients come to me by referral!