• Michelle Thompson

Why I Don't Do Mini Sessions | San Diego Family Photographer


I want to start off by saying that this is in no way a criticism of photographers who do do mini sessions. Actually, it's quite the opposite. If you are a photographer who can turn out beautiful, connected images within 10 to 15 minutes of meeting a new family, you are a wizard and my hat goes off to you!


Additionally, I've done mini sessions, and the amount of planning and organization that goes into them is impressive. So kudos, mini session photographer!


And that gets to the heart of why I don't do mini sessions. As a San Diego lifestyle photographer, my passion is creating deeply meaningful, rich, and emotive images that will come to life for generations.


And guys, I just can't turn that out in 15 minutes.


There's a reason all my sessions last up to an hour. You see, the best pictures usually come in that last 10 minutes. By then, the initial awkwardness has passed, the family has warmed up to me, and some relaxation has set in. The camera's initially obtrusive presence has slowly faded into the background as mom, dads, and kids immerse themselves in playing out the scenes I have laid out for them.


And this is where the magic happens. This is where authentic expressions replace forced smiles; where the meaningful moments come.


Look at the images below- they are some of my favorites, and they were all taken in those last few minutes of a session, that magic window of authenticity.


That's what I do.





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