Earlier this month I did my favorite mini sessions to date. I mean, it just doesn’t get better than gorgeous spring days, beautiful bluebonnets and lots of giggles. I am a Texan girl through and through, so when wildflower season rolled around, I knew I wanted to take as many pictures in them as possible. And y’all… I couldn’t be happier with how these pictures turned out.
Every time I have a mini session or photoshoot I feel like I learn a little bit more about photography. Since starting this business in November, my game has done a 180, and I laugh at how naive I was back then. I had no idea how to run a photography business, how to interact with clients, and what to do during a session… It’s still a work in progress (as is any job you have!) but I am so happy with how much I’ve improved and learned over this time.
When looking back at these bluebonnet minis, I realized that I learned some very important lessons that I wanted to share with you. And, even if you’re not a photographer, I think you still might find them useful. ; )
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
When you are in the sun for 4 hours straight taking pictures, you will get a funky looking sunburn. Since we are just out of winter, sunscreen was the last thing on my mind. And I paid for it. Luckily I didn’t get a horrible sunburn, but I do have a pretty cute Chaco tan line on my feet.
- A step stool is your best friend
Being 5’3″ has its perks, but not when it comes to photography. Most of the time I end up being shorter than most (if not all) of the people I’m taking pictures of. For my second set of minis, I took a step stool along with me and OMG. I am never doing a shoot without one!
- Don’t forget water
I am the queen of water (just ask my husband), but completely forgot about it when it came to my minis. I’ll never make that mistake again! I did find out, though, that my camera bag makes the perfect cup holder when I’m out on a shoot. Pretty cool, huh?
- Bring a squeaky toy!
I wish I had remembered to grab one of my dog, Lillie’s, squeaky toys to bring to the minis. It’s hard to get babies to look at you, and I ended up having to wave bibs or sticks to get their attention. A squeaky toy would have been perfect, and I’m definitely adding one to my camera bag the next time I take pictures of babies.
As you can see, I had a BLAST and learned some pretty valuable life lessons. ; ) It was exhausting, yet I loved every single minute of it. Mini sessions are draining, but one of my favorite things to do. I love catching up with families, meeting new clients, and making memories I’ll cherish forever.
Before signing off, I wanted to say a quick thank you to all the families who came to the mini sessions! I had an amazing time with y’all, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Becca Sue Photography. <3