Differences Between Mini vs. Full Photography Sessions

Professional photography services are terrific for families, couples, and individuals, and photographers create exceptional images designed to meet the client’s wishes. Photographers don’t just create family portraits for clients, they create sophisticated and elegant images. Learning more about the different types of photoshoots helps clients decide what services are right for their needs.

The Length of the Shoot

The length of the photoshoot determines if it is full or mini-shoot. A mini-shoot lasts about 30 minutes, and the photographer takes fewer images of the subject. A full photoshoot can last for many hours or even extend over a few days to accommodate the client’s requests. The duration of the photography sessions is one of the differences between the photoshoot types, and communicating with a photographer determines which option is best for the client’s current needs. 

Updating a Few Photos

Families sit for family portraits each year, and clients may want to set up a mini-photoshoot to update these portraits. A mini-shoot is a terrific choice if the client wants to update just a few pictures to show how their family has changed or to watch their children grow up through professional images. The short photoshoots are ideal for families with older children, such as teens, and the family comes to the studio and leaves quickly. The mini-shoots offer photography packages with limited selections, such as two or three poses. 

The Price of the Session

The price of sessions varies, and mini-shoots are more affordable for most clients since they involve only one or two images. Families get updated portraits and don’t pay a lot for one or two portraits, and photographers provide estimates for mini-shoots.

A full photoshoot costs more than mini-shoot sessions. The sessions include a variety of photos, and the client chooses their poses, wardrobe, and location for the session. Clients learn more about the prices if they schedule a consultation right now.

Full Sessions Are Better When Photographing Children

Families with small children need more time to get their kids to cooperate with the photographer and get the best images, and photographers recommend setting up full sessions. A longer session gives the kids time to become comfortable with the setting and the photographer, and the photographer has a better chance of getting the best images for family portraits or other images of the family.  

Location Flexibility With Full Sessions

Full sessions offer more flexibility for the clients and the photographer, and the clients can choose their own location. If the clients want several images in different locations, a full session is the best choice. The photographer meets the client at their preferred location and sets up according to the lighting and imagery of the location.

For instance, senior portraits require several locations and poses, and a full session gives the senior more flexibility. They aren’t limited to a few poses inside the studio.

Mini Shoots Don’t Give Clients Much Control

Mini-shoots don’t give the client as much control over what they get from the studio, and for most clients, these sessions just involve a standard image based on the photographer’s packages. For example, family portraits are posed. The photographer poses the family around each other in the same manner in each photo. Half the family sits while the rest surround them.

In a full session, the client chooses their poses, and they wear whatever they want for each image, and the photographer gives them plenty of time for wardrobe or even makeup application changes.

Portfolios for Aspiring Models

Aspiring models need a portfolio to show modeling agencies at go-sees, and a portfolio that shows more diverse images impresses the agencies. Emerging models that haven’t performed in a lot of shoots or runway shows need a collection of photographs to show agencies what they can do.

The right collection of images shows whether the model is suited for commercial shoots or runway shows, and the agencies understand what look is right for each area of fashion, modeling, and photography. A professional photographer understands the differences in these industries and what agencies and agents look for in their models. Photographer professionals offer price lists for these portfolios and collections and make recommendations for clients. 

Professional Photography Services 

At Megan Kime Photography, we offer professional photography for everyone and create breathtakingly beautiful images. Our studio offers both mini and full photoshoots based on our client’s needs, and we strive to create terrific memories for all clients. Want to get started on your own professional photoshoot? Set up an appointment right now.