If you're knee-deep in planning a picture-perfect portrait session, whether it's capturing those adorable baby giggles or immortalizing the whole family, you've probably come across the term "mini session" more times than you can count.

There are a few differences when it comes to a mini photography session vs a custom portrait session. Here’s what you need to know before you decide which shoot is best for you and your family.

Time Limits: The Clock is Ticking!

Get ready for the showdown of photography timelines. A custom portrait session grants you a luxurious hour or two of your photographers undivided attention, while a mini session is a lightning-fast affair, lasting a mere 20 to 25 minutes. A skilled photographer will have their mini sessions timed down to the minute, squeezing in several mini sessions in one day like photography ninjas!

Number of Poses: Candid Magic or Posing Galore?

In the left corner, we have the custom portrait session, where the sky's the limit for poses within your booked time. On the right, the mini session enters the ring, armed with time constraints. But fear not! A talented photographer will work their magic, capturing as many candid moments as possible in the shorter mini session time. Either way you are going to get some frame-worthy moments.

Number of Photos: Snap 'Til You Drop!

It's time for a shutter frenzy! In a custom session, expect a generous yield of 45 to 55 images, each one polished to perfection. On the flip side, mini sessions produce a smaller photo collection, typically around 10 snapshots. A professional photographer will make sure every click in a mini session counts, ensuring your memories are as delightful as can be even if it's a much smaller gallery.

So which photography session is best for you and your life?

Drum-roll, please! It turns out many of our clients choose to have their cake and eat it too! That's right—why settle for one when you can have both? Picture this: a custom session extravaganza for the whole family at your dream location, where you can play with poses, props, backdrops, and even wardrobe changes. And as a delightful in-between treat, mini sessions capturing those precious kiddo moments, sprinkling even more charm into your wall collection or family album.

No matter which path you tread, I can't wait to work my magic with you! So, grab your best smiles, strike a pose, and let's make memories together!