Christmas Minis 2018 | Hidden Creek Farm
Updated: Nov 16, 2018
Guys I am SO EXCITED about this year's Christmas mini sessions. I've been working with the folks over at Hidden Creek Farms to create something amazing for everyone this year!
They have graciously allowed us to use their beautiful farm to do Christmas minis this year and are providing hot cocoa and cookies for everyone while you wait for your session. So, come early, get situated and relax a minute before your session (or after even!!).
My theme this year is CONNECTION -- it's about showcasing those relationships between the people you love. It's about snuggles, giggles, tickles, laughter, movement, touches, hugs, kisses, moments. It's about finding the story of the people you love.
I don't have actual photos of what I'm doing this year -- it's still hanging out in my head. But, I know you all will TRUST me, when I say it's beautiful in my head! I will be offering two options: pajama minis on an iron bed for the kiddos (and actually mom and dad can join in if you like!!). Think snuggling, reading a book, eating a cookie, JUMPING!!! (safely of course). Think fun. Think Christmas! All the props will be provided to make this AMAZING. Great for all ages! The second set up with be for families. There is an amazing barn there and pretty lights and I am going to make an amazing set up just for my families. We also hope to be able to have a little fire in the fire pit and an option for families who might want to roast marshmallows/make smores for their family photos. This will depend on some factors we are working out now. Here's a photo of the fire pit area at Hidden Farms. I think this will be SO super cute!!
The following are my "inspiration board" photos. I did NOT take these images and give full credit to theAMAZING photographers who did these. They are simply my inspiration and a sample of what you can expect your images to be SIMILAR to:
Here are some images of the beautiful Hidden Creek Farms that I was able to take during a recent session there. I LOVE the barn and lights!!
My thoughts on using the barn would be to have a tree and do some like this! Again, not my image and kudos to the folks at Sea Flowers Photography on this beautiful piece of inspiration for me!!
It will be hard (probably impossible) to do both set-ups within the 30 minute time slot I'm allowing for minis as there won't be time to change from pajamas to regular clothes. So you will need to decide on which set up you will want. You don't have to tell me beforehand.
So.... here are the deets on the minis:
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018
APPOINTMENT SESSION TIMES
(Saturday): 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45,
(Sunday): 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30
30 minute sessions are quite generous time-wise for mini sessions. It is half a regular session so we should have plenty of time to allow kids to warm up a little and get some fun candid moments.
$175. This includes a 30 minute session and your top 10 digital images with print release. You will be able to see all your edited images and you can view and CHOOSE your favorites to have (new this year!!!). An option to purchase additional images and products will be included but is not required.
Due to the complexity of scheduling and administrative flow of mini sessions, there will be no refund or make-ups for missed sessions (except in cases of rain). Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and leave room to find parking, walk to session and get settled. You will want to feel "ready" for your photos and not rushed. QUESTIONS:
What should we wear? For the pajama minis, obviously, pajamas. Christmas colors are PERFECT!!! Feel free to bring a robe, stuffed animal, your ELF!! Whatever you want to bring. I'll have white bedding and colorful Christmas pillows and some garland on an iron bed sitting outside.
For family sessions, I recommend choosing about 2-3 colors. I feel that neutrals are always a great choice along with traditional Christmas colors of red/green and white OR burgundy/blue/forest green/cream. If you feel stumped, I recommend finding one outfit you really love be it yours or a child's and then build everyone else's around that outfit. Pinterest has great boards created for helping you pick clothing colors. Consider scarves, hats, etc. if you want a super cute winter look!
What kind of shots will we get?
You can expect to have the following images taken during your session as our 30 min permits: a traditional family photo, individual children, children together, parents together, candid moments as we have extra time for
What if my kids misbehave?
In cases of rare moods or mishaps, we will get whatever we can. The best advice I can give is to relax and let them just "be" even in their mood; they will come around. I don't stop shooting for behavior changes though so if one child is upset, I move to another and circle back. We will get probably way more good shots than you might think. Unfortunately I cannot issue a refund due to the complexity of mini sessions administratively.
What if it rains?
The great benefit to having the sessions here is there is an indoor option. If it rains, we will move that bed inside and the beautiful barn wood walls will serve as our backdrop. The family sessions will be stylized with green wreaths on these beautiful barn doors and we will add that tree and other props to this covered front porch to create amazing images while you stay dry.
HOW TO BOOK:
Sessions are booked on a first come, first pay basis. The deposit for your session will be $75 due to hold your spot. The remaining $100 will be due not later than November 17 to hold your spot. If final payment is not made by November 17, the deposit amount will be forfeited and your spot will be released to others to book. No spots will be held until payment is received. I will send invoices using Paypal. You do not have to have a paypal account to make a payment via PayPal. I also accept Venmo payments for those who use that method. Should you prefer to pay by check or cash you will have to bring/mail those to me before your spot is secured and therefore there is a chance your spot will be taken. There are ONLY 14 sessions available and I do expect them to go quickly. You can book your spot by leaving your email address as a comment below the post on Facebook where you saw this link.