We have all been in tons of discussions about how to keep kids safe this Fall.
My socially distanced minis are a great way to knock out your Fall photography session, get your holiday cards done AND get the kids’ ‘school photo’ for this year, to boot!
I have been doing lots of these in the last few weeks, and they are working out beautifully. I have learned so far, that there are a few things that make them successful. Here’s what I know so far and a couple of things I have decided to do. The official lay of the land on the SDMini!
Most SD Minis are happening at people’s homes. It’s much easier for mommas to let me come to them for a great session. Here are a few things I have learned so far:
- PLANTS! All the plants! I can’t say enough thank you’s to all the mommas who have put a potted plant or two on their front porch. You do NOT need to have a perfect yard or call the landscape company before I arrive, but I will say that one or two nice pots with something green or colorful goes a long way. We can plop kids beside them and pose the family in between/amongst them. A small touch is great!
- Light & Time Of Day MOST of what I do during a location session (i.e. outside of a studio) is to hunt down the ‘good’ light. I’m looking for soft, diffuse sunlight or nice shaded areas. The last thing I want is to put you in harsh light. And, for kids, they tend to last a little longer when they are nicely shaded and not too hot.
So, take a stroll out to your lawn over the course of the day (10AM, Noon and 4PM will show you where the sun is for ‘morning’, ‘afternoon’ and ‘evening’). Think about when the sunlight directly hits your front door. If that’s an important spot to have photos, let’s not book the session when it’s in direct sunlight.
Second, note when the sun really goes away from your yard at night. Some yards have high trees next to them so 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm is already dark, even though the sun officially sets much later. When you book your session, think about when that nice time of day is happening. If you are in doubt, snap a phone photo of your yard and send it to me to see. I will ABSOLUTELY tell you whether it’s going to work or not. I’m a bossy big sister like that.
- Doggles YES. Bring your dogs, bring your cats, bring your hampsters in their cages. Since most of these sessions happen at home, it’s easy to bring the fur (or scale?) babies out mid session. I welcome pets of all skin coverings. It’s just FUN to have your iguana stand on your head for a snap or two.
- Masks Ok, so here’s my lesson on this one. I will absolutely mask up for a session, but for kids mid-elementary on down, I am finding that it’s best if I arrive with no mask, we do a little greeting and then they watch me put it on. Some kids are very used to masks if they have been around lots of caretakers or in day care but most aren’t.
In addition, there are some times when the kids can’t hear me through my mask, so I’m communicating with parents on whether or not it’s okay to swipe the mask down for a second to give a directive when I’m at 6 feet or whether the mask needs to be up all the time. I have had some kids with compromised immunity or asthma, so I’m totally game to do whatever we need to to protect kiddos. In the case of the latter, I’ll probably rely on mom and dad more to help me communicate.
- Borrow A Yard Some of my clients for these sessions have asked about their yard really not being where they want to shoot at all. I think home sessions are so very wonderful because they create a memory in that spot but if your yard isn’t up to your standards, consider borrowing one. If you have neighbors with something fabulous going on, or if grandma has a farm with horses or something let’s go there!
If you’d like to book a socially distanced mini, it’s easy! Choose your date and location and I’ll be there!
If this suits your fancy, you can BOOK A SOCIALLY DISTANCED MINI HERE!