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Complete Mini-Session Guide | Gainesville, Florida

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Hi there! If we’ve never met before, my name is Nicole (or Nikki by many), and I own Nikki Rinc Photography. I am thrilled you have found your way here and would love the opportunity to have a fun, adventurous, stress-free session with you. Tailoring my services to fit your family’s personality is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer.

Being a mom I fully understand that holding a little one’s attention span takes a lot of effort, energy, and patience. I am an expert at keeping your children (maybe even the grumpy husband) entertained while capturing those perfect moments.

I understand that full sessions are not for everyone, especially families with little ones (again that whole attention span thing lol). That’s why I love offering mini sessions. They are short, sweet, and often times themed which allows for some creative portraits. This guide will answer all your questions about mini sessions, offer tips on how to prepare for a mini session, what to wear, how to become a VIP mini client, and also introduce NRP’s new mini session pricing system! Clients that love to bundle sessions and save $$ will especially love our new pricing!! Let’s get started…

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FAQ:

  • HOW IS A MINI SESSION DIFFERENT FROM A STANDARD SESSION?

Well, in addition to the session time being shorter, mini-sessions are customized by me instead of us customizing the session together. Based on the theme, I select the props and background. They are scheduled on specific dates and times and can not be rescheduled unless due to weather

  • HOW OFTEN DO YOU OFFER MINI SESSIONS?

I offer mini sessions throughout the year. If you follow Nikki Rinc Photography on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll be in-the-know for all upcoming mini-sessions.

  • HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR MINI SESSIONS?

Mini sessions vary in price based on the theme/concept and availability. Mini session pricing starts at $125.

  • HOW MANY POSES WILL I GET IN A MINI SESSION?

You’d be surprised at how much you can pack into a 15-minute session. Often we’ll get two to three poses per mini-session, giving you lots to choose from when it comes to your images.

  • WHO CAN SIGN UP FOR A MINI SESSION?

Typically, I open my mini sessions up to children, couples, singles and small families! Sometimes, though, a mini-session has a theme where I’m only photographing children.

  • HOW SOON WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO MY GALLERY?

I edit all photos within one to two weeks of your mini session. I’m sensitive to timing. For example, I schedule my holiday mini sessions in mid-October and mid-November, allowing you plenty of time to look over your photos, choose your images, order products and mail out cards in a timely manner.

  • CAN I BOOK TWO MINI SESSIONS SPOTS IN A ROW?

You likely won’t need to, but if the availability is there, I won’t say no! Now, if you want to have two different groupings — say, a family set and then just a set with your kiddos and fur baby — I would actually recommend booking two different mini-sessions.

SIX POINTERS FOR A FUN SESSION:

  • What to wear or not to wear, that is the big question! It is best to have your outfits ready to go several days in advance. Take plenty of time to try them on. You want them to look and feel great (I have more on this below). Doing this in advance will alleviate stress as picture day approaches.
  • Make sure you and your family are well rested! Go to bed early, if possible, the night before. Kids and adults both need their beauty sleep. A well-rested family is a family that is ready to rock out their photo shoot.
  • Amp it up. I love making the session enjoyable for your child. Have them mentally prepared for the whole process. You can talk to them about how much fun it will be. Tell them you are going to be meeting our new friend (Miss Nikki). You can tell them about my cool camera, lights, and equipment. Tell them how famous people (or their favorite character or super hero) go to photo shoots and make it interest them! The sky is the limit here.
  • A little bribe never hurt anybody, right? Bring a snack, favorite toy, noisemaker, blanket, basically anything that makes your child(ren) happy! We can use these as rewards for a job well done or just to get that perfect shot. My research shows that this will sometimes work on your spouse, too!
  • Top mistake alert: I HIGHLY recommend coming with a full belly. Waiting until after our photo shoot can cause major problems. A hangry child, spouse, or even yourself probably won’t enjoy the mini-session and have irritability. Keep your clothes photo-ready and clean by dressing for the shoot after you eat.
  • Because I book mini-sessions back-to-back, there is no space for wiggle room. Plan on being here ten minutes early! Being here early ensures you are ready to go when it is your turn. We want to be respectful of everyone’s time and make the most out of your beautiful family’s photographs!
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STYLING TIPS TO FEEL YOUR BEST:

  • Coordinate your outfits, but don’t match. Choose a simple color palette and go from there. This will give everyone the option to pick an outfit of their own, but still be subtle and fit the scene.
  • Avoid logos. This includes crazy prints and patterns! It will bring unwanted attention to the outfit and cause awful distortions to appear on the photograph that is not originally there.
  • Tone down the bright colors. Vivid shades tend to reflect and bring attention away from the face. Darker clothing tends to blend better with backgrounds and slenderize the subject. Light or neutral colors can look appealing and fresh. If you fear not looking slender in your photos, avoid wearing plain whites. Pair it with a jacket or scarf and you will be good to go!
  • Hair, makeup, and nails: Keep it simple. If you want your hair to be out of the way and not falling in your face, I recommend having it up and out of your eyes. For makeup, make sure it won’t rub off onto your outfit. Your nails should be nicely manicured and no chipped nail polish.
  • Accessorize! This brings visual interest in your look and makes it appealing. For jewelry, try a necklace to compliment your neckline or bracelets to accentuate your outfit. You could think outside the box and try a hat or suspenders to bring the extra wow factor! Some accessories add variety and may be used as props.
  • If you’re a visual person like me, follow this link for ideas to help you pick your wardrobe!

HOW TO BECOME A VIP CLIENT:

You are a Nikki Rinc Photography client and that means you are a VIP! You can become a Mini VIP Client by having had more than 7 mini sessions with NRP or by purchasing the peony package (more on that later). Being a VIP means you have access to our VIP client group. Join here.

As a Mini VIP Client you get everything below:

  • Call first dibs on limited and seasonal time slots.
  • 10% off all prints & products.
  • 10% off full gallery purchases.
  • 15% off full sessions.

PRICING:

Not all families have the desire, ability, or energy to do a full session. In such cases, a mini session is the ideal option. There are even themed sessions around the holidays, Easter, or Mother’s day. Or there will be seasonal themes, such as fall forest, summer party, ice cream stand, or winter wonderland.

Because mini sessions are substantially shorter than regular sessions, they also cost less. They still have a lot of value because they do include digital images with every print point and there is always the option to purchase more.

Sunflower package : $125

  • 15 minute mini session
  • Online, private gallery of 12+ images
  • Choice of 5 high resolution digital images

HIBISCUS PACKAGE – $150

  • 15 minute mini session
  • Online, private gallery of 12+ images
  • Choice of 8 high resolution digital images

BIRD OF PARADISE PACKAGE – $185

  • 15 minute mini session
  • Online, private gallery of 12+ images
  • Choice of 10 high resolution digital images

MINIS, MINIS, & MINIS, OH MY!

If you are a lover of the mini-sessions, I have a special treat for you! I am now bundling the minis for a great price. This is an excellent choice for families that know they are going to want multiple sessions every year and also love to save money!!

The remaining mini sessions for 2020 are listed below.

  • Sparklers & Poppers
  • Summer Party
  • Boho Beach
  • Fall Garden
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Christmas Swing
  • All Boxed Up

Peony Package: $600 ($925 value)

  • (5) bird of paradise package mini sessions
  • Location will vary based on mini session
  • 50% deposit due to secure package
  • A signed contract is due with every scheduled mini session
  • Remaining balance due at time third session is booked

LAVENDER PACKAGE: $450 ($555 VALUE)

  • (3) bird of paradise package mini sessions
  • Location will vary based on mini session
  • 50% deposit due to secure package
  • A signed contract is due with every scheduled mini session
  • Remaining balance due at time third session is booked.

TROPICAL PALM PACKAGE: $300 ($370 VALUE)

  • (2) bird of paradise package mini sessions
  • Location will vary based on mini session
  • 50% deposit due to secure package
  • A signed contract is due with every scheduled mini session
  • Remaining balance due at time second session is booked.
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I am already working on the mini session schedule for 2021 and I’m pretty excited for what is in store! There are already 9 mini sessions planned, custom sets being built, and more to come! How about a sneak peek??

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Mini sessions are a fun way to capture those perfect family moments and not stress about kids cooperating, grumpy husbands, location hunting, and wardrobe. Leave all that to me!!

If you’re ready to book your first, second, or tenth mini session with me, let’s get started!

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