Christmas Minis 2021
Timeless child portraits
full of love, joy,
laughter and smiles...
just in time for the holidays.
Child-centred Christmas sessions focusing on the
expressions of your little ones enjoying the holiday season.
Come join me in-studio for your Christmas Mini session this year!
This is a fully interactive opportunity to capture timeless images of your children. I'm pleased to bring the focus back to what's really important - your little ones enjoying what will hopefully be a return to our normal holiday season. Sessions will be held on the following dates, and there are three package lengths to meet every family's photography needs.
Saturday, November 13: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, November 19: 5 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 20: 9 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, November 25: 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
What's new for 2021?
This year, I'm pleased to change the focus of my sessions - these sessions are now 100% modeled after my school photography work. They are fully child-centred, short & sweet (and high-paced!) sessions that capture authentic personalities and moments in childhood. Packages range from 5-15 minutes (or longer).
What does this mean? Each session focuses on the child(ren) and their connections to each other and to the camera. During my school portrait sessions, I work hard to capture the child's focus and personality, and am bringing this style to my Christmas sessions for 2021. Sessions generally will include both close-up and full-body shots, using a series of prompts and authentic poses. All session fees now include the full downloadable gallery.
Families are welcome to participate in sessions, and most of my sets can accommodate small families. However, the focus of my 2021 sessions is more on just the children than in the past; I try to devote no more than 1/3 of the session time to the full family / photos with parents. If you'd like family photos as well, I encourage you to consider booking at least 10 minutes of photography - more if you'd like multiple sets and both family / child images. If you'd like a session longer than 15 minutes, please feel free to book it in back-to-back intervals or contact me at email@example.com for assistance.
What packages are available to me?
This year, I'm offering three standard session lengths instead of just my one photo session length offered in previous years. These time frames were designed to accommodate families at a variety of needs and price points. If you'd like a longer session, feel free to book back-to-back sessions or contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance:
5-minute mini - $100 + GST; 10-minute mini-$200 + GST; 15-minute mini -$300 + GST
These packages vary not only in terms of the length of the session, but also by the number of sets we can use and the number of downloadable images in your gallery. You're welcome to pick as long - or as short - of a session as you'd like depending on your children's personalities and what you feel will work best for their needs.
And best of all...
All sessions now come with the full downloadable gallery.
The number of images in these galleries will vary by client; however, the longer the session, the more images that will generally be in the gallery. For those of you who have worked with me in the past, you know that my galleries are not exactly small...my indecisiveness is your win! This year's downloadable galleries will be comparable in size to the preview galleries I used to provide with the session fee, and as always, I select all of my favourite images for inclusion in your downloadable gallery. All images are fully edited and ready for you to enjoy!
What are your Covid protocols? As of this July, the intention is to return Christmas sessions to my indoor studio in Ladner. I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will continue to follow safety protocols in place to ensure the safety of my clients, including remaining masked myself as needed. Any sick clients are required to notify me so that we can reschedule your session. If a change in location is warranted, I will be in contact and will do everything in my power to think outside of the box. Many of you will remember that during the unique nature of 2020, my Christmas sessions were able to continue on as scheduled...but in two local and active barns!
Can we change outfits during the session?
The session time slot is very strict, so any changing of clothing will take away from shooting time. The time slot can not be extended based on this lost time. We recommend arriving at the studio wearing the outfits you would like to be in for your photos. Similarly, late arrivals will not receive time extensions - please arrive early.
How many sets can we use? I will have up to three adorable sets available the day of the session. Due to the time we need to pose and get settled , I recommend booking five minutes per set, being cognizant of the fact that the more children/people participate in the session, the more time we'll need.
What happens if my child doesn’t cooperate?
While there is no guarantee that every child will cooperate for photos in-studio, I have a high success rate of capturing happiness and joy with my clients - especially from those ages 3+! I work hard to ensure laughter and smiles from my littles, and have been known to belt out strange renditions of Baby Shark and pull out all of the stops. That being said, we will capture what is present. And as a mom who has a picture of my own 2-year-old pouting in his own Christmas photos, I truly believe that some of the best Christmas photos include capturing their natural reactions!
If you have a little one who you know needs extended time to warm up to strangers, I encourage you to consider the 10-minute session or longer. Similarly, if you have children who you know may have difficulties with the session, I encourage you to take this into account for the booking.
What do I need to do to book?
There are a few easy steps to book your appointment! Please schedule a time on my calendar through the links on the site. Within 48 hours of booking, you must submit the forms available on my site at www.kirstenlauferphotography.com/forms and submit a 25% retainer per session booked. The retainer can be paid via credit card or EMT to email@example.com.
Is my session reservation fee refundable?
Your session retainer is non-refundable, however your session reservation fee is transferable to another one of my 2021 holiday sessions sessions should you be unable to attend your session. A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to do so. If Covid restrictions warrant a change to the sessions, I will work with all clients to come up with suitable alternatives.
When will I receive my digital files and products purchased?
Images will be placed in a private gallery and sent to the email address on file within 2 weeks of the session date. All images are fully edited, high-resolution files of 300 ppi and up to 10 MB. You're welcome to use them for all of your printing/sharing needs!
Are there any age restrictions?
I generally recommend that children are able to sit independently to participate in these Christmas minis. Younger children may participate with older siblings.