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4 Cute Background Ideas For Valentine's Mini Sessions

Valentine's Day is almost here and you may have been trying to come up with some fun ideas for Valentine's Day mini sessions. A unique background is what make the session fun and brings out the love theme that you are looking to get. Today, we are going to share with you 4 cute background ideas for Valentine's mini sessions that we just adore. 

Set up your very own kissing booth background! Perfect for a family session, couples or even children! 

Photo credit: Christina Z Photography

Photo credit: Christina Z Photography

If you have a studio, you most likely already have a white background... dress it up with a few cut-out hearts to spice the photo up a bit! 

Photo credit: Anna Bartell Photography

Photo credit: Anna Bartell Photography

Use a chalkboard to write a fun message is a fun idea! 

Photo credit: Simply Treasured Photos

Photo credit: Simply Treasured Photos

You can't have Valentine's Day without some fun candies! This is such an easy background to put together and does not cost much money. 

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Be sure to also read our post on 2 tips for planning the perfect mini session. Do you have any fun background ideas that you have used for your own Valentine's or love themed mini sessions? We would love to hear all of your ideas in the comments below! 


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2 Tips For Planning Perfect Mini Sessions

Mini sessions have become very popular and are a great way to find new clients and keep them. When you are planning a mini session, you will typically pick a day and a specific them and try to fit as many 30 minute sessions in as you can. For example, many photographers do mini sessions around holidays like Easter or Christmas and have a nice holiday backdrop. 

The BP4U guide "The Ultimate Mini Session Guide" is the perfect tool to help you if you are looking to start doing mini sessions or wants to make their sessions better. With expert tips from Brooke Bustillos, a successful photographer and entrepreneur, and Nicole Speer, a family photographer, this guide is the perfect manual to motivate you and give you creative ideas. 

Today we want to share with you 2 tips that come straight from this guide that will help you in planning your own perfect mini sessions. 



1. Don't Price Your Mini Sessions Too Low

Brooke Bustillos says right at the beginning of this guide that "whenever you are trying to figure out your pricing, you never want to offer sessions lower than the cost of doing business." This is a great tip to remember and many photographers do price their mini sessions too low. You have to figure in many aspects of the business when pricing these sessions. You need to figure in how long the day will last, how far you have to travel, as well as the cost of any products that you are including in the mini session package, advertising costs you used for promoting the session and more. 

Think about it this way... if you are doing mini sessions for 6 hours, and you also photograph weddings that are 8 hours long, take the price you would charge for that day of wedding photography and divide that by the number of clients you are having do mini sessions. You already know that number for your wedding photography package is enough to cover your business expenses and make you profit, so why not use that as a reference. Remember that every single mini session you do could vary in cost depending on where it is located, the cost of the props you are using and anything else extra you need to factor in. 

2. Think About Unique And Different Locations To Shoot

If you plan to do a few mini sessions a year come up with different locations for each one so you can capture more clients. If you are doing a session for the holidays, you will most likely be focused on children, so perhaps you could have the session inside near a Christmas tree or by a nicely decorated fireplace.

If you are doing a more general mini session, perhaps one with a summertime theme that was on a beach would entice couples or families rather than just people who want to have their children photographed by themselves. Other fun places that would be more enticing for adults or couples could be libraries, coffee shops, movie theaters, a college campus or a popular bar or restaurant. 

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5 Things To Remember For A Successful Mini Session

If you are a new photographer just starting out or been photographing for 25 years, you have most likely heard of mini sessions. All throughout the year photographers offer theses for various occasions, holidays or just because! 

Have you offered a few mini sessions but just not sure if you like them or not? Or, perhaps you have never offered your clients anything like that before because you would rather book a full session and wondering if it would pay off? Here are 5 things to remember if you are planning your own mini sessions to make sure they turn out a success for your business! 

1. Plan Ahead And Market Early

Make sure you set the days and specific times you will be offering your mini sessions way ahead of time. You want to give clients enough time to plan ahead - especially if you are doing holiday sessions. Once you set the date, start marketing your mini sessions to be sure and book each and every slot you have available. You want to make sure you are maximizing your time and getting totally booked since mini-sessions are less expensive. 

Also, keep in mind that if you are doing holiday mini sessions, each client may want to use their photos for their Christmas cards so you want to plan them with enough time to get them completed so they have time to get them out and printed.  

Photo credit:  The Milky Way

Photo credit: The Milky Way

2. Be Yourself

Just because you are doing a mini-session and not a complete engagement shoot or family portrait session, does not mean you can not be yourself. You may only have 30 minutes with the family or children, but do things just like you would for a typical photo shoot. Is there anything you like to find out about the family or children ahead of time, make sure you ask! 

3. Think About The Location and Props 

Depending on what time of year you are having your mini sessions, make sure you have a great location picked and fun props and items to include in the photos. If it is going to be an Easter session, perhaps have a basket of colorful Easter eggs, a bunny rabbit stuffed animal or a pretty Easter hat. Use pastel colors and keep it bright and light! If you are doing a holiday mini session, do the photos in a room with a gorgeously decorated Christmas tree or even think about having Santa make an appearance. 

4. Don't Count On Getting Tons of Print Orders

Many times with mini sessions, the client will most likely want to purchase just the images so they can print them all on their own time and cost. Do not get let down by this.... it is the norm. You may have someone who does want to pay you to print them for them, but it is not typical. 

Be sure you price your sessions as if no one else will buy any prints or custom orders for you. Then, be happy with that price. Perhaps you want to price your sessions out just for the 20 or 30 minute session and the digital files. Or maybe you want to only do 20 minutes, the digital files and 1 8X10 of their choice. It really is up to you, but just make sure you clear and upfront with your cost ahead of time. 

5. Remember That Mini Sessions Can Lead To More Work

Just because these are new clients and the sessions are very short, do the great work you know and love to do. You never know when a client from a mini session will pass along the word to a family member who is looking for a wedding photographer. That person may come back later and want to book a full session when they want their family portraits taken. 

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