30 Minute Photography Session: What to Expect?
Thinking of booking a 30 min photoshoot? These affordable short & sweet sessions are the easiest to squeeze into your busy schedule… but are they worth it? Depending on your group size and the occasion, it may or may not be a good idea. Read on to see if a 30 minute photoshoot session is the right fit for you.
- 1 What is a mini session in photography?
- 2 What is the size of your group?
- 3 How many photos do you get in a mini session?
- 4 How much does a mini session cost?
- 5 What’s the occasion?
- 6 How do I hire a photographer near me?
What is a mini session in photography?
A mini session is basically a short photoshoot. A normal photo session usually includes 1-2 hours hours of shooting, multiple locations, and dozens of photos to choose from. Minis, on the other hand, last only 30 minutes and include a smaller number of edited photos for you to choose from. They’re extremely popular due to their lower price point which makes professional photography more accessible to everyone!
Why book a mini session?
- They’re affordable, so you can get one done every year with no regrets.
- They’re short, so they’re easy on you and your busy schedule.
- They’re just plain fun.
What is the size of your group?
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A mini photo session works great for solo travelers or couples that want some quick snapshots. If your group photoshoot will have more than than 3 people, we recommend a longer session so that everyone can get a nice selection of photos to choose from. For example, a 1 hour photoshoot might work well for a group of 4, but would be too short for a group of 8 or 10. Large group photoshoot sessions are more difficult for a single photographer to work with, so allow your photographer the time to direct everyone and make sure the essential group shots and the separate individual/couple shots are captured as well.
Typically, family of 3 photoshoots are usually fine with a mini session, but photo shoots for families with many generations or with small children do best with 1 hour to 90 minute packages. That seems to be the sweet spot where families receive a beautiful gallery of many photos to choose from, and everyone is in a jolly good mood for the entire duration of the session. Small children (and adults!) might get tired, fussy, cranky, hungry, and this can effect everyone else, which ultimately reflects in the photos. So take a moment to think about your gang, and gauge whether the 1 hour photoshoot or 1.5 hour option is best for the family portraits. If your group is 6 or more, we definitely recommend at least 1.5 hours.
So often a couple may think they only need a photographer if they’re engaged, getting married, or celebrating an anniversary. While those are definitely the main reasons to hire a professional photographer, mini photoshoots are perfect for capturing all the in-between moments in life, and they are affordable enough to say “why not?!”
“They are quick (which my husband loves) and so relaxed and fun. We end up with beautiful photos every single time, so we try to do one at least once a year!”
— Laura from Los Angeles
Struggling to master the art of the selfie? Never fear! You can get some amazing photos when traveling alone by booking a mini session. A 30 minute photography session is usually perfect for solo portraits, unless you have a bunch of photo spots in mind. Usually we recommend 1-2 walkable locations for these shorter shoots, but multiple spots are possible with an hour shoot! It all depends on what you are looking for in your solo photoshoot.
How many photos do you get in a mini session?
A 1 hour session will provide you with a nice bunch of photos to browse through and choose your favorites to download, while a 30 minute shoot might not give the same variety. In a 30 minute photography session you could get around 20 photos to choose between, whereas from a 1 hour shoot you should expect 40-50 pictures to look through.
Also think about warm-up time! The first 10 minutes of a shoot are usually some warm-up photos to get a sense of the flow of the photoshoot. The best photos will be towards the end of your 30 minute photoshoot, because you are warmed up and the creative juices are flowing. 30 minutes might give you that one fantastic shot, but the more time you book for your photoshoot, the more opportunities you have for capturing those EPIC photos.
How much does a mini session cost?
We all want a great deal. A 30 minute shoot is definitely the most affordable option, so if you are on a tight budget it could be your best option to working a photoshoot into your plans. However, if you have a little bit of wiggle room we recommend booking a 1 hour photoshoot due to the extra photo locations and additional photos you’ll receive. A mini photoshoot may cost less, but for only $50-$75 more you’ll receive double the photos, and you won’t feel as rushed!
Prices also vary by city, ensuring you the best rates possible. See pricing for your destination here.
What’s the occasion?
Celebrating something extra special? Go for a longer photoshoot, and maybe get a little dressed up! Booking a shoot just because? Maybe go the shorter shoot route and dress more casual. Think about tailoring your photoshoot to suit the occasion. Give a big life event it’s due! We usually recommend a minimum of 1 hour for any surprise marriage proposals due to the complexity of the planning and the added element of surprise.
How do I hire a photographer near me?
Browse through photographer portfolios in 200+ destinations to see who you think would be the best match to your vision. If you have any other questions, contact us for more information – we’d love to be there to capture your next travel story!
How do I schedule a mini session?
- Request your dates to see who is available. Within 24-48 hours, we will let you know who is available so you can choose your favorite photographer.
- Collaborate directly with your photographer to pick your favorite photo spots and the start time. Don’t sweat the details, as everything is flexible! Pick your preferred time of day and shoot package at checkout.
- Meet your local photographer, and then it’s all about having FUN during your shoot. Enjoy roaming the city while we capture your travel story!