Mini photo sessions are fast-paced and a lot of fun! You’ll be surprised at just how much we’re able to capture in such a short time. Now that you’re all booked, here are some tips to prepare for your mini session and make it as easy and fun as possible. 


Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early to your session to give yourself and your family plenty of time to settle in, walk to the meeting area and deal with any last-minute issues that may arise. Mini sessions are scheduled back-to-back and any amount of time that you are late will directly impact the length of your session. Please note that due to the nature of mini sessions, time cannot be made up and refunds will not be given for late arrivals. A good idea is to familiarize yourself with the location in your GPS to know the general travel time the day before your session. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the meeting point!

Bribery is not always necessary to get your child to cooperate, although a little incentive doesn’t hurt! Promise them that they are going to have a great time and getting their pictures taken will be a blast.

Some babies and children may be more comfortable without a parent watching. Feel free to step out of their view and watch from a distance (this also gets them to look at the camera and not off to the side!).

Get a good nights sleep and fill your bellies. Easier said than done sometimes, I know, but getting a couple of decent nights of sleep leading up to the session will do wonders – especially for the kids. Also, make sure kids (and Dads) aren’t hungry as they arrive. Snacks are always welcome! :)


Wear well-fitting coordinating clothes for the session, but don’t be overly “matchy.” I recommend that you start with the person who tends to be the trickiest to dress, then coordinate the rest of the family.

Pick 2-3 colours with neutrals that flow throughout the outfits. Mix textures, fabrics and add in a pattern or two! Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration!

Avoid large logos, graphics and neon colors that may leave a color cast on faces and skin.

Shoes! Make sure they are clean, scuff-free and comfortable. Avoid flip flops and gym/running shoes.

My biggest tip of all: Try not to think of it as a photoshoot. Think of it as a few minutes of uninterrupted time with your family or loved one…no work, phones or email. Just a few, sweet moments together. Relaxed families = beautiful photos. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing you! I hope this information will help you to prepare for your upcoming mini session and as always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!

Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Available for Worldwide Travel


(519) 365-2859




All images copyright Nicole DeJoseph Photography