As soon as the cold weather hits in the fall, my calendar explodes with activity. One of the biggest culprits is the annual Holiday Mini Sessions.
I used to be against mini sessions. I didn't like how the format resembled the big retail portrait studio that I once worked in. I prefer to take time with my clients, get to know them before, during and after the session. Mini sessions seemed impersonal to me, and not the route I wanted my business to go. Then last year I decided to try it out. I was surprised at how much fun I had! I realized that my clients understand what they are signing up for with a mini session, and many of them have returned for other types of sessions since their holiday mini, so in the end, I do get to have that relationship that is so important to me.
This year I held sessions on two different dates with a limited number of appointments each day. I had a lot of returning clients, which makes me happy. I also had several new families, which makes me happy, too!
Jake's senior portrait session was so different from anything I've done recently. It really made me have to think and the editing was more difficult than usual, but I love the results. Jake loves the fashion of the 1920's jazz era and 1950's gangsters. His mom bought him his first complete well tailored suit just for the session. I think he would wear it every day if he could. His mom's reaction when he put it on was "It's so you".
When Jake's mom, Faith, contacted me to do his senior portraits, I said yes right away. I don't usually do senior portraits, but Faith has been a client of mine since long before HeartStrings existed. I've known Jake for so long, I couldn't imagine any other photographer taking his senior photos. Faith
wanted to use the Palace Theater in Hamilton for the session. She contacted the owners and they said yes! We met there for the consultation. I took tons of notes and quickly became super excited. It's not often I have the opportunity to shoot in such a unique location.
The best part of being a children's photographer is being able to witness a child's growth through the years. I photographed this little lady for her first birthday, and recently for her second. She has changed so much since the first time I met her, and has grown even more beautiful. I fully enjoyed our private tea party in the back yard as her birthday party guests were arriving.
It had been rainy all week, so we put down a waterproof blanket and covered it with a sheet. We brought out her entire bin of stuffed animals and I was introduced to each one as I pulled them out and found them a seat. Big Bear had the seat of honor next to our gracious hostess.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger