Mini sessions are great as a quick yearly update of your growing family. But they're only 20 minutes long and time flies when you're having fun. So here are some tips for you to get the most out of your mini session.

1. Coordinate your outfits. And when I say coordinate, I don't mean match. If you're doing a mini session with your family, you may want to consider how everyone's outfits are looking together. You want to create a cohesive look, like you guys belong together, cause you do! But there's no need to all show up in the same outfit. Those days are long gone. And an extra little tip: shirts and dresses can get super wrinkly during car rides, so if someone in your family is wearing something that wrinkles easily, put it on at the location. 

2. Dress for the location. Your session is going to look different depending on the location it's being held at. If you're shooting at the beach, you'll likely be barefoot, clothes will get sandy and may even get wet (if you have adventurous little ones, bring a change of clothes and some towels). There is a neutral colour palette of soft greys, blues and greens, so keep that in mind when you're picking out clothes. When you're shooting in soft, light surroundings, usually lighter colours like pastels and whites are great options.
If you're shooting at a treed area, the surroundings will mostly be dark green. So wear something that goes well with that, usually deep natural colours, like navy blue, burgundy and black work really well. For outdoorsy sessions you also want to be mindful of your footwear. You might be braving tall grass and muddy paths! 

3. Think about what you want to do with your images. If you plan on having them printed and want to hang them in your home, what do you want that to look like? What is the colour palette of your home, or the room you want to hang the pictures in? Do you already have pictures in your home, maybe you want to add to them! Think about how you can create a cohesive look.

4. Keep it simple. 20 minutes really isn't very long at all, especially when there are kids involved. So keeping it simple is your best bet for success. If you'd like to include some props, it's ok to bring a favourite like a nice blanket to sit on, a cute towel you want the snuggle in, or a much loved stuffy or toy. 

5. Let go and have fun. Sometimes the adventure to the session can be more challenging than the session itself. Make sure nobody is hungry or thirsty, maybe even bring some snacks. Your best option is to keep the atmosphere light and fun. Don't expect too much from your little ones, they might feel uncomfortable with the idea of having a camera in their face already. There is no need to force certain poses or have them smile at the camera. Maybe they're just at a stage of life where action shots and candid moments are a better option. Just make sure that you have a smile on your face and are having fun, usually everyone else will just follow your lead.