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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
By Cathy Cunningham Photography
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Mini Sessions and other sessions.....

It's that time of year again, we are gearing up for the holidays which takes plenty of planning, and let's face it, plenty of PATIENCE!!

Mini Sessions are back and they are a perfect offering for anyone wanting a quick in and quick out session!  20 minutes and you are DONE!  Easy Peasy!!!


Recently I had a client ask me, "So what exactly is a mini session and why would anyone bother booking anything else?"

Well, that is a great question, and one that I would like to clarify.


Mini Sessions were created to fill a need.  They are perfect for the families who are busy, don't have time to think about what to do or where to go, but want to make sure they document their families for the year so they can share them with their friends and relatives for the holiday season. 

Mini Sessions are an easy choice.  The rate is reduced, the job gets done, the family is happy.

BUT....a mini session may not be for you if you want to choose your own location, have a greater variety of images and receive all the images as opposed to just a few.

Mini sessions are quick and include the family together some with the kids and some with the parents.  It's one location, no moving around and you only receive a few images and these sessions do not include dance, headshots or group shots.

A Regular session, on the other hand is perfect if you want to make sure you get all your images from the session.  You also get to choose your location and time that best fits your family.  There is usually more variety of images as you have a set amount of time to walk around and get different looks during your session. (outfit changes are not included in this session, but can be added on).

If you have small children who need time to warm up or you want multiple looks during a session, then the full session is a great choice.  It also gives you freedom to choose a location

Also, if you have a hard time picking and choosing just a few images from your session,which thankfully, most of my clients do, then the full session makes it easy for your because it includes the images from the session.  

Other sessions offered are specialized sessions.  This would include musical instruments, or dancers or performers.  If you are looking for headshots, and outfit changes, you will go with the dance session.  Dance sessions (named because I do a LOT of dancers) can be longer sessions with outfit changes and location changes.  The sessions start basic but can be added on to.

If you have any questions about sessions, don't hesitate to call me and discuss.  All my session prices listed are starting prices but most can be added on to.

Additions could include, adding siblings, location changes, makeup, hair, renting my costumes or dresses, etc.

Let me know how I can help you choose the best session for yourself.

And keep in mind if you refer people to me and they book full sessions, you get a referral fee!  So do share!

Your session should be easy, fun and stress free.  Documenting the lives of my clients is my greatest joy!!  I hope to see you soon.  



Wednesday, January 07, 2015
By Cathy Cunningham
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Well, it's finally happening!  My website is slowly getting updated, my new pricing will be released soon, and I will have a section on my blog for Hints and Tips for a successful session.  Everything is on its way.

I was going to wait to unveil everything at the same time, but reality stepped in and I realized that I will have to just add as I go.  Until I can get myself an administrative assistant, I'm all I have to deal with.  And if any of you know me, then you feel what I'm saying!  

Last year, I decided to follow my passion a bit more and bring some fun props and clothes for my dancers.  Lo and behold, the concept took off!  So, this year, I decided to start building a bit of a wardrobe offering as an option to my sessions.  So far, I have invested in a portable changing room, which was desperately needed, as well as some outfits that I fell in love with, and some fun props.  As the year goes on, I'm sure I will be collecting more.


To kick off the launch of my new blog, I decided to start with my first session of the year!  Miss Audrey is a recipient of my first drawing ever!  She won it last June, but we were just able to get together now.  And I dare say, it worked in her favor!




I brought some of my new items to the session and we played with what we had!  As I was shooting in one of the dresses I brought, I literally got chills.  I knew this was the right decision.  We started off with some headshots and then quickly jumped into fun poses, different outfits and finally to some dance shots.  I've known Audrey for many years and have photographed her before, but this was our first one on one session.  I can't tell you how blessed it is to have repeat clients and to see the trust grow.  It adds so much to your sessions.  

We didn't get to all the items I brought, but it wasn't for lack of trying.  The sun went down on us, and the chill came in.  So we called it a night.

I want to thank Audrey and her mom, Lucinda for the making this possible.  

I am so excited about the changes this year and I think Audreys session will give you a good glimpse into what is in store.  

If you have any questions you would like answered about photography, please let me know, so I can create a Q&A section in my Hints and Tips.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I look forward to seeing you on the other side of my lens!




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