I had some more goodness at Lakeside Park this week! The Holderead family has some active little boys, which kept mom and dad busy (I’m sure they were exhausted after the session). But it made for some adorable photos!
My friend Angela & I dreamed up this Princess Unicorn Portrait session! Her family owns the adorable pony, and I brought the rest. It turned out SOOOO CUUUUUTE!!! We will definitely be planning some Princess Unicorn Mini Sessions in the spring! So be on the look out for sign ups if this is something your little lady would love!
The Pope family WON a portrait session with me when Krista entered a fund raiser raffle for the Troy Center School! I’m so glad our mutual love for the Troy Center brought us together for a family session on their beautiful property in Columbia City! The kitty really wanted to join in on a few photos! 😉 This pond is pretty special to the family, as Krista’s dad gifted the land to them shortly before he passed away last year. Now it holds so much sentimental value to them! I’m so glad we could take their family photos in such a significant spot!The jacket Krista is wearing belonged to her dad.Also! If you’re looking for a lab puppy for Christmas this year, these beautiful pups are having a litter very soon! And they’ll be ready to join your family for Christmas Eve!
This is the 5th year I’ve photographed the Bishop family! And they’re basically professionals at Valerie Joy Photography sessions now. Take a look, you’ll agree!This one is classic boy-dad interaction!
The Maggard Family has a pioneer side to them! This hard working couple owns and operates an apple orchard in Larwill, IN: School House Orchard! They sell their apples, honey, and home pressed apple cider at our local farmers market. But their biggest accomplishment is raising these two beautiful boys! They’re full of energy and you can tell they love growing up in this little slice of midwest paradise!
Today I’m sharing the Jordan family at their beautiful historic home in downtown Columbia City! AND their oldest son, Hale’s senior portraits at a friends home in town. We did back to back sessions, Senior & Family, which ends up saving you $100, as opposed to doing two separate 1 hour sessions!
I shot the Story family portraits on their property in Columbia City. We had beautiful sunlight through their mature trees, and their sparkling smiles just light up every photo!
They also chose to break up their session into 30 minutes of family photos, and 30 minutes of Weston’s senior photos. So you’ll see Wes’s individual shots sprinkled in throughout.Wes is joining the Air Force next year so we did a few shots in his USAF shirt. I love these shots because they have his childhood home behind him, and his future on his chest. So meaningful!
I almost called this “Pro’s & Con’s of Mini Sessions vs. Full Sessions”, BUT it really just comes down to preferences. So I don’t want to say one way is BETTER than another way. It’s totally up to the photographer and client as to what they prefer. If you’re considering having your family portraits taken, this might be really helpful for you to find what fits your preferences best!
(Disclaimer: Every photographer is slightly different in how they price, shoot, and deliver their sessions. So this post is tailored to your experience with me specifically. This is how Valerie Joy Photography does sessions. But it may overlap to other photographers in various ways. I’d suggest clarifying with your photographer how they do things.)
-Location is chosen by the photographer, not the client. Typically a themed session (Fall, Christmas, Snow, Sunflower field, Studio backdrop, etc.)
-Photographer chooses the dates that clients have to work around.
-$125. Lower total cost compared to Full Session. But not as good of a deal if you break it down per minute.
-15 minutes of shooting.
-Fast paced, to get the most photos during our time together. This naturally doesn’t leave much time for personal discussions, or breaks for fussy children. (It has happened that a child was fussy during their mini session, and the gallery was very limited because of that. If we’d had more time, we could have taken a break to have a snack, and I could have delivered a much larger gallery.)
-Approximately 30 images in final edited online gallery for download.
-Best for clients on a smaller budget, families with members who can’t make it through a full hour of shooting, clients who prefer multiple smaller sessions per year, or only want a handful of images for whatever reason.
(If you want to know when I offer Mini Sessions, be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram to see those announcements.)
-Location is chosen by client (based on photographer suggestions, if needed.)
-Client chooses the date and time which works best for them (within photographer’s availability, of course.)
-$250. Higher total cost compared to Mini Session. But a better deal if you break it down per minute.
-60 minutes of shooting.
-More casual pace, allowing kids to relax between poses, and photographer and client to get to know each other a little bit. This pace usually leads clients to be much more comfortable in front of the camera.
-Approximately 120 images in final edited online gallery for download.
-Best for clients who want a larger gallery with LOTS of variety to choose from, who want to have more of a say in when & where their session is, and who want an individualized, relaxing experiences.
If you’d like to book a Full Session with me, my favorite season for photos is almost here (FALL!!!!!) and my schedule fills up quick, so contact me ASAP!
We have a bonus room in our home that has served many purposes over the last 6 years that we’ve lived here. But this was always a dream of mine. And my husband and I finally made it happen!
Of course to christen the space I photographed my 2 favorite tiny dancers! (If you don’t already know these faces, these are my girls Mali Lu (5 years old) and Ivy Lane (2 years old).
This space will serve well for Newborn Sessions & Mini Sessions, like the upcoming “Mommy & Me” mini’s on April 27th & 28th.
While back in my hometown of Sarasota Florida last month I did an extended family session for my Aunt & Uncle and all of their kids and grandkids. (I’m a tad partial to these folks! I love them and miss them so much!!)
An Extended Family session is 2 hours long which allows plenty of time for multiple poses of every combination!
Combinations I typically take: the BIG family, individual families, kids, individual kids, couples, Grandma & Grandpa with the grandkids, adult siblings & spouses, and any other cute moments that happen naturally!