Summer Mini Sessions At The River

A recent heat wave served as a reminded that Summer is peaking around the corner.  This bluebonnet season was a bust, and in has been a whole new kind of wild.

I have had so many of you mention to me that you want to do photos, but I know that making it a priority is a challenge sometimes, which is why mini sessions are the perfect solution. 

A weekend day when the kids are out of school, a beautiful pre-determined location with tall grass, dirt trails, gorgeous trees, and a babbling shallow river. 

What makes mini sessions so great?

Mini sessions are completely pre-planned, with a set date & location  so all you have to do is pick a time slot and show up. The short and sweet time window is excellent for getting a quick update on family photos, and snapping a couple of individuals. They are a client favorite, because they're discounted from my regular sessions, and already include your beautifully retouched digital images (15 in this case).  I only do events like this 2-3 times a year, so that there is an opportunity for everyone to find a setting that they love!

My next mini session special will not be until the holidays. 

What can I expect from this mini session?

Plan for it like you would a fun family outing such as a hike, or a picnic. In fact, I encourage you to plan a fun activity for after your session is wrapped!

First off, you can head over to my Pinterest for some inspiration on what to wear. My specialty is candid, natural and emotional storytelling, so wear something that is the most YOU, you should feel comfortable and confident in it. You can message me to confirm a time that is best for you, and please tell me what moments you are really hoping to capture the most. 

I will confirm with you the day before your session. In the event of rain, a new date will be picked for the Summer river mini sessions. If any of you are feeling unwell, or something else comes up you can message me to cancel. Please give me as much notice as possible. 

Get plenty of rest, and stay well hydrated the day before and day of your session, to be the most glowy and photo ready. I suggest arriving 15 minutes prior to your session time, so you can make your way to me and be ready to start right at your time slot. I want you to be able to get the most out of our 30 minutes together! I will be down by the river, which is about a five minute walk.  You may want to spritz on a bit of bug repellent, and bring a water bottle along for the ride. 

Finally, photo time! At this point, I will know any particular images you really want, and you can also share with me any other things you would like me to be aware of such as if you have a favorite profile side (most people do actually!). 

I will coach you through movements that feel natural, and are fun for you while capturing all the BEST moments, so there is no need for you to feel nervous about not knowing what to do in front of the lens. The expectation is for you to have FUN. I encourage you to sing a favorite song with the kids, chase and tickle them, dance with  your partner or snuggle up close. Be silly, give lot's of big hugs, splash around a little. Your session will take place along the riverbanks, by the trees, and wading into the shallow waters a bit.  You can also enhance your session by bringing along memory triggers

This setting will be focused on capturing the feeling of those long and carefree summer days, filled with laughter and love. 

After your session, your retouched digital images will arrive in your inbox within 5-7 days. You can easily view, share, and download your images from your private gallery. Your session includes a print release, and you will have the choice of hundreds pf print products, from displays to albums right from my shop. If more than 15 images from your session are just too good to keep to myself, you will have the option of purchasing additional files for $10 per photo. 

When is it better to have a storybook family session?

If you haven't had family photos done in awhile, and you want a session without a time constraints to truly capture the essence of your family, and create a time capsule of this stage in your lives, then I suggest a full session. You are also able to include your sweet pets, or any grandparents that are able to come along in storybook session. Often the longer I am with your family, the more fun we have together allowing me to capture even great moments, and give you much more variety in your gallery. You will receive a wide range of images from your whole family together, each of the kids personalities shining in their individual photos, you and your partner together, and so much more. A storybook session includes ALL of the images from your session and a wooden usb with your files in additional to your private online gallery.


If you have never been to the Cibolo nature center before , you are in for a real treat. No admission  fees are required. You can see more about the center here.

If you are ready to reserve your spot, clock the "book a session" button on this page, or send me a message here!

I can't wait to capture precious memories of your family at the river in just a few weeks! 





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