mini sessions 2019

Mini Sessions // Everything you need to know about “Mini Sessions” and how to book!

Q: Do you offer mini sessions?

A: Yes, usually during the fall season. Want to be notified when I post about holiday mini sessions next year? All you have to do is enter your email address HERE and you’ll get an email sent straight to your inbox when mini session dates go live. These sessions go fast! And since I usually only offer these once a year, I would encourage you to sign up to get the location + time slot of your choice.

Q: What is a mini session?

A: Mini sessions are basically that: “mini.” They are 20-25 minute compared to the full hour session. They’re also referred to as “fall mini sessions” or “holiday mini sessions” as many people use the photos for their holiday cards.

Q: When do you typically do mini sessions?

A: During the fall season from October – early December. Exact dates will vary yearly.

Q: What can I use the mini sessions for? What type of session?

A: Mini sessions can be used for family portraits, head shots, seniors, maternity, pregnancy announcement, couples portraiture (anniversaries, engagement), solo/individual lifestyle photos or a just because session, etc. If you’re unsure if the type of session qualifies for a mini session, email me and we can discuss. 

Q: What’s included in a mini session?

A: Mini sessions include 20-25 minutes of coverage, 1 primary photographer (Kambria), 1 outfit only (no outfit changes), 35-50 edited (color corrected) high resolution images, 1-2 week delivery via digital download, online gallery to share with friends and family.

Q: What’s the turnaround time? When will I get my photos?

A: Session galleries are completed within 2 weeks. If you’re planning on getting your holiday cards ordered and mailed out by a certain time, please plan accordingly. rush orders are subject to a $75 additional fee.

Q: How many people can I bring?

A: Session fee for up to family of 4 and 6 people max. You can add additional family member (s) for an extra $25/person. If you would like to bring more people, you can book 2 sessions back to back. But please shoot me an email: beforehand so that I’m aware and know how to process your invoice accordingly.

Q: What’s the price for a mini session?

A: Currently, mini sessions can range from $200 – $300 depending on location as well as total headcount. Please inquire for current pricing. You will be charged for the base price of the session at the time of booking and the remaining balance for any additional people will be collected at the time of the session.

Q: What time of day do you shoot mini sessions?

A: in the evening 1-2 hours before sunset for that perfect golden hour light or in some cases 9-11 am in the morning

Q: What is your photography style?

A: Modern, organic and photojournalistic. I love capturing the in between moments and especially love it when I can get your personality to shine through the lens.

Q: What type of shots/images will I get?

A: You’ll get tons! I tend to overshoot. Haha. But you’ll get a mixture of posed (smiling into the camera) and candid photos. Plus, a variety of horizontal and vertical images – I like to mix it up! We’ll also have a little bit of time at the end for some creative and detail shots as well.

You’ll get the following for family:

1 Group photos

2 Individual shots of the kids and parents if needed

3 Kids together

4 Parent with each kid individually

5 Parent with all kids together

6 Parents together

***Please keep in mind that this is only a 20-25 min session. While I always strive to do my best and give you the photos you want, we will be limited on time. If you’re wanting more coverage, more photos and especially a session that’s tailored to you (and your family), I would recommend booking a full session. Please see next question below regarding a full session vs. a mini session.

Q: What’s the difference between a mini session and a full session? How do I know which is right for me?

A: Mini sessions are only 20-25 minutes and can sometimes feel a bit “rushed.” However, it’s great if you have little ones who can’t sit still for very long. Or perhaps want updated photos but you have a partner that is camera shy or doesn’t like taking photos usually. By the time we start the session, we’ll already be finished, ha! It will be quick, easy and hopefully painless. 

A regular/full session can be 1-2 hours depending on which package you choose. For full sessions, you’ll get more coverage, more photos and especially a session that’s tailored to you (and your family). You also get to choose the location (1-2 depending) and possible outfits changes (1-3 depending). I’ll personally help you brainstorm for your shoot. Want to see my packages for a regular portrait session? Please shoot me an email - So which session should you pick? It all depends on what you’re looking for. click here to read more about Portrait Session Information.

Q: Am I allowed to bring a pet (s)?

A: Yes, of course! They are family after all.  as long as the location allows, I’d love to mess the fur babies too! Please let me know at the time of booking.

Q: What’s the process for booking a mini session?

A: You can book via a booking page I have setup, here. You’ll be able to choose the designated location, date and time slot I have chosen in advance. your session must be paid in full in order to reserve your spot. I will follow up a week before your session with exact place to meet. Session fee is non-refundable.

Q: What if I need to reschedule? What if there’s chance of rain on the day of?

A: In case you need to reschedule due to emergency, you can swap out your session time for a future date/location that is available.

Q: What type of locations do you typically choose? How many locations? Are you open to any suggestions?

A: I make sure to pick out a variety of location types: urban, modern, greenery, outdoor, nature, etc. In the past, I’ve hosted mini sessions at the beach, at your local parks or even just a random cool area that I find that would look great in photos. I go and scout out the locations beforehand and try to switch it up every year by adding a variety of unique locations that are easy to get to and have ample parking spaces. I also try to avoid crowds where I can but sometimes, it can be difficult for weekend dates (especially a Saturday).

Since I have clients all throughout SoCal, I try to pick a handful of spots that will be within a 15-30 min drive for the clients that live in the area. I do my best to try and accommodate to everyone by switching up the locations every year. If you have any specific locations in mind for future mini sessions or want me to come to your city/town, I would love to hear from you. And most definitely, I am open to suggestions for future locations. If you know of any cool spots or have access to some unique spaces, please shoot me an email! 

Q: Have more questions?

A: Please get in touch: I look forward to hearing from you!

Book your mini Session!

PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING: To book your mini session, please follow the steps below:

1. read all mini session FAQs regarding cancellation and session info

2. Pick your desired session date + location

3. Pick your time slot

4. Confirm info + checkout

5. Make payment

...and that's it! You should receive a confirmation straight to your inbox after booking.

I will also send a reminder text the week before your session to confirm. This process allows you to book your session without me having to confirm the booking beforehand. This is great if you're a returning client (welcome back!) or a new client (hello & welcome!), I hope you all find this process easy!


Of course if you have any questions before booking, feel free to shoot me an email: Please also check out my Portrait Sessions FAQ page with more information to prep you for your session. 

*tip* Want sunset type photos? Book an evening session + the last available time slot. Mini sessions can be used for family portraits, head shots, seniors, maternity, pregnancy announcement, couples portraiture (anniversaries, engagement), solo/individual lifestyle photos or a just because session, etc. 

Do you have ideas for future mini session locations? Let's chat! I would love to add some new locations for next year!

Can't wait to see you and your family this year! Xo - kambria