Sauer Family

I met this family last January for a session at their home. Jack was just 3 months old and had a full head of brown hair. Fast forward to this past fall and imagine my surprise to see a BLONDE little Jack!! He's changed so much this year! The Sauer Family is so easy to work with and brought some fun props along to help capture their kids with things they love. Riley (age 5) brought Mr. Fox along with her and he made an appearance at our session in January too. Riley was also my little helper and had so many ideas for poses, also known as her "fashion poses". I think she might want to consider a future in photography!

KC England Photography is located in Spokane, WA and serves family, senior, and wedding clients.

Sauer Family

I walked into the Sauer home and instantly fell in love with baby Jack (3 mos) and that FULL head of hair! Moments later, Riley (5 years old), was showing off her adorable animal themed room and I knew we were off to a great start! Let me know if you ever find yourself wanting zebra stripes on your ceiling...I will hook you up with Riley's dad! He's a "professional" in my book!

I love the documentary feel of the session - sweet little moments in time in such a sacred place, home sweet home. 

Thank you Sauer family for sharing your home with me.

Miller Family

A Greenbluff Christmas Tree Farm Family Session in Spokane, WA

Millers! This is a session that I look forward to EVERY year! You all mean the world to me and I love watching you LOVE each other! The laughter, the inside jokes, the extra all comes through loud and clear during your session and makes my job EASY and so much fun. Ryan & Heidi are church leaders at Branches while also running their own businesses at Mango Ink and 08 Left. So much talent, creativity, and inspiration in this family! xo

See more of the the Miller Family in 2014 and 2013!

Snyder Family

Just 5 minutes into the session and I was ready to adopt these little girls! Oh my goodness, Harper and Hadley are just too cute! I don’t know if Harper ever actually stopped talking and/or asking questions the entire session, which actually hits very close to home. Harper and my little Emily are almost the same age and will be at the same elementary together. I am hoping that they will be friends. :-)

It was such a treat to meet you all – Thank you Snyder family!

5 tips for a happy + well organized mini session event

Fall is generally the time of year when families start to think about scheduling family photos. Many families are hoping for new photos to use for printing holiday cards and gifts. My photography schedule fills up fast with requests this time of year and I always plan a mini session event in the month of October. Mini sessions allow me to photograph several families all in the same day and the shortened session time is especially appealing to families with little ones. This year, I worked with 8 families which included 16 adults, 14 kids (ages 5 months to 16), and 1 adorable golden retriever. I took over 3,000 images during the 8 mini sessions. I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way to help ensure a happy and well organized event. Here are my top 5 tips...

1.  Provide all information in advance. I send out an email to each client several days before the mini session event outlining anything and everything…directions, what to wear, a phone number to call if they got lost that day, what to expect after their session, sneak peek info, gallery details, how to download/print images, rain date, and more. When your clients know this information up front, they are less likely to ask about these details during the session and this will free up your time to focus on shooting.

2.  Know your location well. My mini sessions started at 3:00pm and ended at 5:40pm. It was a beautiful sunny day and the light was dramatically different at the start, the middle, and the end. Being familiar with the location allows me to act fast and respond to the changing light accordingly. The photos included in the blog are posted in the order I took them. You will notice a dramatic difference in light from session #1 to session #8.

3.  Provide a welcome area. A sign (chalkboard easel from Hobby Lobby), simple snacks/treats, and a few fall décor items works for me. I like to keep it simple and fun. This year, I provided mini waters, apples, and small bags of candy corn. I always have wipes and kleenex available too. Having a welcome area lets people know immediately that they are in the right spot and provides a spot for families to gather and chat before/after the session. It can be challenging and even stressful to get your family ready for a photo session. I want my clients to feel loved and special from the moment they arrive! 

4.  Timing is everything. I schedule my mini sessions 20 minutes apart and ask each client to arrive 5 minutes early. I do not add in extra time in between sessions. So for example, the first session started at 3:oopm and then the next session at 3:20pm, and then 3:40pm, etc. In the past, I have scheduled 5 minutes in between each session and decided to change that for this year. By eliminating the 5 minutes in between, I was able to add 2 more mini sessions in essentially the same amount of time. I also made sure that each family knew that it was important to arrive on time and that I would not be able to extend sessions for late arrivals due to the schedule. 

5.  Bring a helper. My husband is the best assistant and I can’t imagine running mini sessions without him. He greets each family, answers questions, gives me a 5 minute warning before the end of each session, and just generally keeps things running smoothly and on time. He also helps load and unload everything for the sessions. Just knowing that I have an extra set of hands to help gives me great peace of mind.

Mini session opportunities are typically offered to existing clients first and then opened up to new clients. Find out more about 2016 mini sessions by following me on Facebook or on Instagram.