Kati Decker: mini sessions

Its that time of year again — the mini session time.  Super popular for Christmas Card photos, the mini session is an art form in itself.

From how long the shoot, to what products/prints are included, and the cost, the mini session can vary widely.

This week at Let the Kids we are featuring the ever popular mini-session and giving you all the nitty gritty on how these photographers make it work.

We start with this adorable one from Kati Decker. It’s amazing what can be done with just a short amount of time. The location for Kati’s minis sounds amazing!

These images were shot with a Canon 5D, 50 1.4, and 24-70 lens.

From Kati:.

“I’m slightly partial to this family as I photographed their oldest, Anna’s, first year session back in 2010, she’ll be 4 in December.  Her little brother Nolan is an exact replica of her, it’s adorable.  He’ll be a year old in February 2013.

A lot of photographers I think are unsure about doing Mini Sessions.  They’re shorter and cheaper, usually.  Which means you have less time to make amazing images for you clients.  Which gets harder the less you know them.

Being a creative though, is about making art wherever you are with whomever you’re with! 🙂  I decided to do a test and offer these sessions this season.  And had a blast.    My clients were amazing and the location was beautiful.  I held them over a weekend, and they were very short, 30 minutes with a 15 minute break in between each client.  I did a pretty good job of sticking to the timeline, but didn’t factor in my next clients arriving early. 🙂  Live and learn!

These sessions were on a private horse ranch and winery in Saratoga CA.  The owners were amazing at allowing me to hold my sessions here.  I wanted to make sure I had amazing light for all of them and fabulous backgrounds.  The horse ranch was just a bonus! “

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  • Sophie says:

    So jealous of the location. 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous images!!

  • kati says:

    cute. love the dog, too! i don’t do minis. i’d love to see what you do with a family you DON’T know, since that’s what can be hard, and i’d love to know what you did when everyone showed up early.

    • Kati Decker says:

      I <3 your name! And I just realized I could reply to your post! 🙂 The location was also a vineyard, which gave the earlier arrivers an opportunity to check out the shop while they waited. I was pretty good with my time, and keeping everyone within that 30 minutes. Only once did I go over and that was with the last family since there wasn't anyone after them. The hard part is getting the kids to interact which can take longer! All the parents with the little kids made that easier and the horses helped too. 🙂

  • Kati Decker says:

    Thanks a bunch for the feature! It was such a fabulous location and all the families involved were amazing. I loved doing them! Kati (love your name BTW!) that is definitely harder, and I did have a family like that. I kept all the sessions to the families I knew and had worked with before, however briefly. It all depends on the age of the kids for me. The younger they are the easier it is. When they get into the teen years is where I have the most trouble. The images look very formal and stiff, which isn’t my style!

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