Why I Love Nashville Family Mini Sessions | Nashville Family Photographer Dolly DeLong Photography

Why I Love Nashville Family Mini Sessions | Nashville Family Photographer Dolly DeLong Photography

3 reasons why you should consider a mini-session for your next family photo session

Ahhh! I’m so excited to be hitting “publish” on this blog because I LOVE mini sessions! By now, you’ve probably seen that I’ve announced my 2022 Mini Session dates. I always love when I get to share these announcements because I just love these sessions. Honestly, when I first started out as a photographer here in Nashville, I shied away from mini sessions because I didn’t think they were worth my time. But as I’ve grown as a photographer – and a mom to a toddler – I’ve realized how necessary they are. And now, I love being able to offer them throughout the year for my clients! Today, I thought it would be fun to talk more about my mini sessions and why I love them so much. If you’re wanting to update your family photos this year (which you absolutely should!), consider a mini session. And here’s why: 

Mini sessions are great for younger kids. 

The reality is that no young kid is going to be “perfectly behaved” for 60-90 minutes. So a lot of times, families come out of “full length” sessions feeling exhausted and frustrated. I get it because I’ve been there. When you have young kids, being able to do something quickly is a blessing. When you want to update your family photo or grab one nice photo for the Christmas card, a mini session is a great option. Especially with young kids – because these are shorter time frames. We’re more likely to keep their attention focused if we only have to do it for 15-20 minutes. Let’s be honest! So if you have little ones, consider a mini session for everyone’s experience.

parents make silly face with son during family photos

Mini sessions are great if you have a smaller budget.

If you want to update your family portraits, but maybe have a smaller budget – mini sessions can be a great cost-effective idea. Since they’re shorter sessions, you receive 10 images and we spend 20 minutes together. It’s a super-easy way to update those portraits without breaking the bank. I love being able to provide this option to my clients because I really do believe we should all be able to have beautiful portraits of our families, no matter the budget! (I even offer my clients the option to receive the entire gallery if they enjoy all the photos, because let’s be honest, sometimes picking only 10 photos is hard!) 

mom plays in lavender field with daughter parents sit with two kids during TN family photos

Mini sessions are a fun way to have portraits at really special locations.

One of my favorite things about mini sessions is that I get to spend time photographing families at some beautiful spots in Nashville. Sometimes, these are places we might not go otherwise for a full-length session! I personally love using the War Memorial, Menkveld Farms, East Nashville Greenhouse, and a Christmas tree farm. There’s something special about being able to capture portraits in these spots for my clients once a year! 

family makes silly face during fall mini session mom kisses baby's cheek during TN family photos

If you’re ready to update your family’s portraits with a mini session this year, come check out all of the dates and offerings for 2022 HERE. I offer 5-6 mini-sessions throughout the year, but they do sell out quickly so make sure you’re watching for sign-ups! 

If you’re interested in my mini sessions, make sure you sign up for my mailing list! 

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Meet Your Friendly Nashville Family Photographer & Systems + Workflow Educator

a dad mom and toddler son are all smiling at eachother at a lavender farm by Erin Fox photography in Nashville

Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & branding photographer and a creative business owner who educates other family photographers on how to best streamline their family photography business by using powerful automation tools in order to find the JOY in workflows and systems.  Dolly loves serving families, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography.  And, she also loves educating other creative business owners on how to set up systems and workflows that will ultimately help them save time in their business-she does this by producing weekly blog posts and weekly podcast episodes on The Systems & Workflow Magic Podcast. 

She has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Dubsado, Email Marketing, and Business Systems with new creative business owners & family photographers in an encouraging and supportive way because she believes that anyone can find joy in automation! Plus BONUS: Systems is where the MAGIC happens!

Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.

Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), loves eating way too many sweets, and listens to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, fill out her contact form here.

Interested in learning how to best automate a part of your business but you have no clue where to begin? Check out www.dollydelongphotography.com/automate to begin your automation journey today!

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