Every year, I make a mental note to take more family photos. Phots with my husband are few and far between. Phots with my son are mostly poorly-lit selfies. We are rich in photos of my son, however.

I remember as a child last summer, our family photos with my parents were are an annual, day-long event. My mom pays a LOT for formal portraits that aren’t my style.

When I got married, my eyes were opened to a whole new generation of photographers. Lifestyle photographers who are energetic, talented, flexible, efficient and sell you the license to digital photos to use and resize without having to buy the printed photos. ( yes, millennials, this is how we used to get all of our photos.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have two favorites who have become friends. (Alex Michele Photography took the photos for this post.) I’ve used them for weddings, birth announcements, Christmas cards, but my most favorite service offered is mini sessions.

Mini sessions are awesome for a few reasons, but mostly for how little time you need to invest to get an awesome return on investment. (Mind you, the mini session gee is pretty affordable). Fifteen or twenty minutes can produce good 25-50 photos. And if you have kids, it’s great because they don’t get totally burnt out. It literally takes longer to get ready for the photo than the session itself.

Also, photographers will do themes for some mini-sessions, and I love themes! It takes the need to figure out where to go and how to pose. Most times the photographer has a place to sit and you truly just have to show up.

If you’re wondering how to find a photographer for mini sessions, look no further than my blog! But if you’re not in Jacksonville, check out local photographers. I bet you can find someone who has a mini session coming up. You won’t regret it!

XOXO, Mrs. Make It Rainka

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