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How Much Time to Plan for Your Child’s Session



We offer three different options for your session. To help you choose the one that’s right for you, we have compiled this list to help you understand the amount of time needed for your session.

Mini Session – 20-30 minutes – A mini session is ideal if you just want to document what your child looks like at the age he or she is right now. For example, doing a session for 7-year-old photos, or 4th grade photos, etc. These sessions are short and are best suited for older children (post-toddler) who are able to follow directions rather quickly. There will be some variation in the photos, but we don’t change locations or outfits, so there’s not a lot of extra creative shots included.

Standard Session – 1 hour – This is our most popular session. This session caters to younger children and allows us to capture more creative photos. We permit one outfit change and a change of scenery. An hour gives us more time to get the younger children to warm up and cooperate, which the mini session doesn’t allow for.

Extended Session – 1-2 hours – We suggest this session if you are doing a sibling session with three or more children. This amount of time allows us to take photos of your children together, as well as individually. It will also give us more time to pose them together and to get good, genuine smiles. Depending on how many children you have and their ages, this session can allow up to two outfit changes for siblings and three to four for individual children. We can also choose two locations as well.

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118 W Benson St. 

Cincinnati, OH 45215

jill@jillmatthewsphotography.com

(513)267-7973

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