Fall 2023 Mini Session Info
Mini Sessions will be very limited during the fall of 2023. All available dates and times for the photo session slots will be released in late August or early September, via my newsletter first and then posted to Instagram & Facebook.
I usually send out my newsletter in late August or early September of each year with the times & dates. You can sign up below in the footer of this page.
Mini Sessions book up extremely fast each fall (24-48 hours) - so I recommend signing up for my newsletter so that you receive word on when the dates are released.
Mini and full lifestyle portrait sessions are reserved first-come, first-serve, and considered "officially booked" when Jennifer receives back the agreement & deposit. Fall sessions cannot be pre-booked.
Please find more FAQ and details below regarding Mini Sessions.
- Frequently Asked Questions -
What can we expect from a Mini Session?
Mini sessions with Jennifer Bowen Photography are shorter portrait sessions (20 minutes) and are offered only in the fall on specific dates at specific times in a set location. They are ideal for:
• Smaller families (less than 6 people - larger groups click here)
• Families with babies younger than walking age
• Families with teenagers
• Families with kids ages 5 and up
• Maternity portraits for the mom-to-be
Mini sessions are not ideal for very shy children (of any age) who generally need more time to warm up, or families who just want a longer, more connected, lifestyle experience. They move so quickly that it doesnt allow for a more engaged experience and slow warm up time.
Jennifer highly recommends booking a full lifestyle session at your home (or a pretty outdoor location) for those more candid experiences where Jennifer gets to spend more time with you all. Those sessions typically need 45-65 min or so.
What if I need to cancel my session?
The Session Reservation Fee (deposit) is non-refundable because we turn away others who want that time & date and spend time getting you reserved. If you need to reschedule, your deposit can be applied towards a future portrait booking *if scheduled and redeemed* within 90 days of your original session date (meaning the session itself must take place within 90 days). If there is another Mini Session date/time for the same season that is open, you can also move to that one. After 90 days, your deposit/session reservation fee can no longer be applied to future sessions.
Your sessions are all booked, do you have a waiting list?
After the sessions are booked up, Jennifer places all booking requests onto a waiting list. There are cancellations every single year since things do pop up last minute for families, and when a spot opens up, Jennifer will email everyone on the list and the first one that grabs it, gets it! In 2021, Jennifer had over 50 people on the waiting list and 3-4 last-minute cancellations (24-72 hours) that were filled right back up.
I receive ALL the final high res images with my session right?
The cost of the Mini Session package includes five (5) high res files to keep, not all of the images from your session. However, you can opt to buy all of them if you wish. You will see that option in the agreement at the time of booking for a discounted rate, or you can decide after you see the images for the pricing below.
Within 10 days after your session, you will receive your online proofs presented in a web gallery, with approx 40-50 photos. The proofs are watermarked. However, the watermark comes OFF your five (5) complimentary images once you choose and download them -- as well as any additional images that you purchase ala carte. Your gallery is basically an online store, so you can buy what you would like from there.
Additional high res files (watermark free since you are buying the copyrights to use them as you wish) are $25 each, or 5 for $100.
You can also buy the entire set of images, physical prints or wall art, coffee table albums, or mini gift albums right from your online gallery. Pricing is included for each item in the gallery.
What is the turnaround time for our proofs?
We will post the edited proof images to your online gallery anywhere between 5-10 days (depending on the editing production backlog) and email you when they are ready to view. You choose your 5 freebies and download them. When you open them on your computer, the watermark will be gone, and the image file will be a full-size, high res JPEG. The same applies to any other images you choose to add to your shopping cart and purchase.
Physical prints (like 5x7's), take about 2-3 days to print and ship from our professional lab.
I want my images to look exactly like this beautiful family I saw
No two family sessions will ever look exactly alike, even if taken in the same location at the same time. The position of the clouds & sun, the time of year, your unique personalities & ages of children, the clothing, the foliage that time of year -- all of these things vary at every single session which produces unique images to your own unique & beautiful family! You can expect my photo editing to look like what you see on this website: clean, bright, fairly color-saturated and my black and white photos to have deep contrast and some film grain.
What should we wear?
Great question! Here are some ideas for your clothing choices based on where your session is.