2015 Mini Sessions // Spokane Family Photographer

2015 Mini Sessions // Spokane Family Photographer

I’ve done a lot of mini sessions over the past few years. I think they’re a great way to get some updated photos without making a huge time or money commitment. Because photos are important, and you need to capture life as it’s happening.

But when I sat down to pick out dates for this fall’s sessions, I felt a knot of stress in my stomach. I always feel terrible about picking out a date, and then not having it work for my couples. Or having clients pick times that don’t necessarily work best for them, because that’s when there is time left in the day. So, in one of those I’m-the-boss-and-I-can-do-what-I-want moments, I threw the typical mini session plan out the door and came up with something that I hope works better for you – and for me.

Here’s the skinny: This year, we’re going “unscheduled”. For $150, you’ll get a one hour session with me, thirty high resolution images (digitally delivered), an online gallery similar to this one, and a print release.

The catch? There are only six sessions available, you can’t use this for a newborn session (families, head shots, couples, and seniors are okay), and we have to shoot your session before December 15th, so the images are done before I go on break for Christmas. :)

You can reserve your spot by putting down a deposit here. Or, if you’ve got questions about my availability, send me an email: emily@emilywenzel.com

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Update: As of 10/23, I have timeĀ on 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14 for sessions. There are currently only four spaces left. xoxo

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The Heslop Family // Mattawa Family Photography

The Heslop Family // Mattawa Family Photography

Last fall, I was able to take the Heslop family’s photos in my hometown of Mattawa. It was a glorious, sunny, day and unusually warm for October. We went to a new (to me) park down by the river. It was so strange to see this nice park in the area where my cousins and I would run through the sagebrush and jump in the river. There are still a lot of sagebrush, but there are also nice trails, picnic tables, and a parking lot. It’s the little things in life! :)

The day before, we left Spokane pretty early to get to Mattawa and see my family. I packed my lighter portrait session kit, but didn’t do my standard double check. At 9pm that night, I realized that I had put Camera “A” in the spot where Camera “B” was supposed to live. And because I thought I grabbed Camera “B”, I had grabbed the batteries for Camera “B”. You know what I’m going to say right now, don’t you? The batteries don’t work together. And I didn’t know anyone in the area who would have them. So just after 9pm that night, I hopped back in my car and drove back to Spokane. I got home around midnight and put the correct battery on the charger…and fell into bed. I woke up five hours later and hopped in my car and drove back to Mattawa. I shot the session (it was amazing!), my mom fed my breakfast (thanks mom!), and then I took a two hour nap.

And until now, this sweet family had no clue I almost had to reschedule. Because yes, I could have done that, but I know the work that goes into preparing for your photography session. You’re trying to find an outfit. You’re trying to psych yourself up to get your photo taken, and then to have your photographer reschedule? Yeah, I don’t do that.

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Mattawa area residents: if you’re interested in getting more information about portrait sessions and my travel schedule, you can add yourself to this list. I’ll send you an email whenever I’ve got plans to be in the area, along with details on portrait pricing. You can also email me directly at emily@emilywenzel.com and I’ll send you details. :)

Annie’s Family — Mattawa Family Photography

Annie’s Family — Mattawa Family Photography

Meet Annie, Felicia, and Luis. They hung out with me to do a quick session when I was back in Mattawa over Easter weekend (the same weekend I shot Michelle & Ryan‘s wedding). Luis is a goalie for the high school soccer team – go Warriors – so I made him get out of the field for a little while. Felicia was kind enough to throw and kick the ball at her brother so he could dive for it :) These guys had me laughing so hard I cried a couple times. And they reminded me of something important: family isn’t about last names or even the blood in our veins, family is the people you love.

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Alex + Jack — Mattawa Family Photography

Alex + Jack — Mattawa Family Photography

I might be biased, but I think that my niece and nephew are really cute. It has nothing to do with the fact that they look like me. But, let’s be honest, those genes arestrong.

And while you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies, I want to remind you that Christmas is only a few months away. Now’s the time to book a family session and get those Christmas card photos taken care of while it’s still beautiful — not raining — outside! Shoot me an email at emily@emilywenzel.com.