February 15, 2021

Offering Family Photography As a Newborn Photographer Without Burning Out

Are you a newborn photographer trying to find a way to stay in touch with your families and make some extra money as you grow your newborn photography business?

It is possible to specialize in newborn photography without creating confusion about your niche or spending every weekend away from your own kids.

Family mini sessions are the perfect way to keep serving families without extra stress!

5 benefits of replacing traditional family sessions with mini sessions

  1. Family mini sessions are less stressful for people that aren’t comfortable being photographed. Families with a camera shy family member (like me) or a reluctant Dad appreciate photos sessions that are over with as quickly as possible!

2. Time is valuable! Life is busy! Mini sessions allow both the photographer and the family to get the images they want without the hassle of rearranging an entire day. I love being able to pick a weekend for family mini sessions and let my families sign up for the time slot that works best for them. This schedule prevents me from working every weekend so I can keep my focus on my speciality- newborns!

family mini sessions are great for kids with short attention spans

3. Kids have short attention spans! Some adults have short attention spans too! A shorter session means less bribing, whining, and begging for cheese faces. 

family mini of sessions allow me to have more fun with my clients and get outside

4. Fun! These short little sessions are fun. You can keep everyone engaged the whole time moving from one thing to the next. For the kids there is a lot of running, peeking, hiding, jumping, spinning, etc. This feels like playing instead of posing. I also suggest doing most mini sessions outside so families can get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors.

family mini sessions are a quick and easy way to update family photos

5. No fluff!  Most families like to update their family photos a couple of times a year and don’t need a ton of images. A 15-30 minute session is plenty of time to capture beautiful images. My family galleries included around 15-20 images to sort through and 5 high resolution digitals are included in the mini price with the option to purchase additional files, products, prints, etc.

kristi gayton photography in reno nevada offers family mini sessions

Bonus: One of my dearest clients was texting with her hubby about booking a mini session and when he found out that meant it was only 20 minutes long he responded with :


“BOOK IT! Our kids are maniacs! We can dress them up and get it done without getting their clothes wrecked!”  

If you are a new/aspiring newborn photographer and starting or running your business has you feeling seriously overwhelmed click here.

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