Getting Ready for Christmas Minis

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One of the most popular yearly photography sessions is Christmas mini sessions. There are so many uses for Christmas images as well. For my personal clients, it would be Christmas cards, decor for the season and unique memories to compare year to year. Even though this time of year brings out the best in people; it can also be the most stressful. That is also why many photographers advertise Christmas minis in July. This gets you prepped for the season before it even gets here, and it also gives you a chance to prepare for outfit shopping once the seasonal wear comes into stock. Here are some tips to get ready for your Christmas minis this year.

  1. 1. Book your photographer early.

    This may be an obvious one, and the biggest reason for you clicking this blog, but it needs to be said. Reach out to your local photographer and see when they’ll be launching their Christmas sessions. One less thing to worry about and you get first pick of the time and date that you want to choose. I can’t even explain to you how many clients I had to turn away last year because I was booked solid.


2. Getting Ready for Christmas Minis outfits 

This is a big crucial step. Wait- what’s that? It’s only JULY? Have you ever heard of the saying “The early bird gets the worm? Take a gander on Pinterest or look at Google, get inspiration and have an idea of how you want your family to look for this years Christmas card. The closer you wait to the season, the harder it will be to order or the more unpredictable it’ll be when the outfits will arrive. Plan ahead!

3. Arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time-slot

Being the biggest and busiest time of the year for everyone; everything has to be on time. It’s tough, I know, sometimes kids don’t want to cooperate, but I always suggest to clients that they get ready 1-2 hours prior to their session time. Better to arrive early and ready, than late and miss your time slot. Are you similar to my household and know that your kids dislike getting up in the morning? Try to book a later slot so you have time to for Getting Ready for Christmas Minis.

4. Feed everyone prior!

This is a big one too. Feed all the little ones prior to coming, that way they are full and ready to smile. Most of the time kids tend to have a short attention span and that can lead to stress. That is why this these are called ‘Minis’ (Usually 10-15 minutes) But those 15 minutes can be hard if your kiddos are hungry!

5. Don’t set high expectations

I think this is also important. I know that as a parent you want it to go so well and have perfectly smiling images of your babies. But it doesn’t always end up that way, and that’s okay. I still look back at the crying photos of myself, and I laugh. Even my kids have crying photos and I adore them. It’s stressful at the time, but please remember that if you are stressed, young kids and babies can sense and even wean off of that energy too. Take a deep breath and take in the moment, they’re only this young once.

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