The snow has melted and the birds are chirping and outside SPRING IS IN THE AIR!! I am crazy excited to head out for outdoor photo sessions again where we aren’t shivering or battling red ears and noses. Yay Spring!!!
Spring in Pittsburgh is pink blossoms and purple daffodils and the smell of freshly ground earth and new beginnings. I just can’t get enough of all the sweet buds blooming and the earth coming alive. That’s why this Spring I will be offering mini sessions in all the happy places with pretty flowers!
My first Spring Mini Sessions in 2022 will be at Allegheny Commons Park on April 16, 2022. I have been dreaming of doing family photography sessions there ever since I went for a walk through the park with my baby boy last April, surrounded by all the pretty pink flowering trees. After doing reconnaissance, I learned these trees typically flower in mid to late April, and with the warm winter we’ve had, it looks like doing family photography sessions there in mid April will be the perfect time.
Bonus is that Allegheny Commons Park also features the beautiful Lake Elizabeth and lots of pretty brick and iron work for a nice backdrop for your family photos!
Here is a photo that photographer Dave DiCello took of Lake Elizabeth in the spring time, at Allegheny Commons Park. These trees are why we are doing your family photos at Allegheny Commons Park!
So here’s the deal with mini sessions. At 20 minutes long, minis are a super short photo session full of high energy. We move quickly and are full of fun activity! Of course we get the main combinations of people, but we try to do so in a really candid feeling way. It’s like taking all of the affection that you typically show each other daily and squishing it down into 20 minutes of loving fun together!
Seriously, though. It’s super fun.
This spring in an effort to make it easier for new families to try out working with me, I am offering a low upfront rate $49 to reserve your session time. I just feel really confident that we’re going to create some really beautiful pictures for you! Then after you see your pictures, you can choose which package you want to purchase… I hope you end up with a package that has lots of prints for your family to display, but digital files and albums are available for purchase, too. I will happily walk you through the purchasing process, hopefully answering any questions you have about the products and what works best for your home space.
Request a timeslot and I will send over lots more planning information, including rates!
Finally, don’t forget to think about what you want to do with your pictures once you receive them… Most families will of course print portraits for their walls, but there are a lot of other really heirloom quality options to consider.
Above is a photo of one of the print options that you have to choose from… You can have your photos printed directly on metal and ready to hang without matting or framing! They’re like a modern version of gallery wraps for families who are looking for something a little outside of the standard photo prints. (I am happy to show you the photo that I have of my own family, as an example- just reach out and I will share more info!)
After our own family photography session (I have four kids!) I put 20 of my favorite pictures into a Gift Album, and then I printed a big 20×30 metal wall art of my favorite photo. I just LOVE the combination of wall prints with something we can touch!!!! While having the big family photo on the wall, we still have a handful of our favorite pictures to scroll through in a classic, durable hard page album that my kids fight over looking through. (Of course. Because they are kids, after all.♥)
Each Spring when the weather breaks I am happy to trade my cozy blanket and coffee for the sunshine and… well, coffee. Truth is I don’t mind the rain at all, as long as it washes away the winter!
For your family photography, though, rain isn’t the *best* scenario. We are doing outdoor mini sessions, after all, and waterlogged kids probably isn’t the vibe you are going for. So we always have a backup option. Every outdoor mini session date that we schedule *also* has a backup date.
SOOO When you book your mini session timeslot this Spring, make sure you reserve the backup date, too! That way if we have to push back your photo session due to weather, it’s a simple task to do so. If you’re not sure what the backup date is, just ask and I will let you know. We always have a backup date set aside for every mini session event!
The backup date for my April 16 mini session date is April 23. But I have my fingers crossed we won’t need it! Head over here to learn more about the minis date and/or to book.
Once the April 16 mini session date fills up, I will likely open up another date for more families to book mini sessions this Spring. Make sure you get on the VIP Email List so that you are the first to know of the new date announcements! Or just reach out at any time if you’d like to chat about a photography session that would be a good fit for you. Happy to chat at no charge!
Until next time,