This year, I'm offering more Fall Mini-Sessions than ever, and they were also booked faster than ever. Every spot is now taken. I don't anticipate any cancellations.
The next mini-session event will be in the Spring. Be sure to join my newsletter to be the first to know the dates + locations. Usually, 90% of the spots are taken within the first day of the newsletter release.
I don't offer longer family sessions or mini-sessions outside of these, but I'd love to see you at the 2024 Spring Mini-Sessions!
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20 minute photography session
30 high-resolution digital photos
an online gallery
Each Session Includes
who are mini-sessions for?
High School or College Seniors
Family (5 or fewer people)
the sekrit theater - $350
*mild hiking required for a short distance
mount bonnell - $300
circle c RANCH park - $300
brushy creek park - $300
Mini-Sessions at this location are $350 instead of $300. This is to cover the cost of renting the venue. This awesome location is well worth it though! I'll also add 10 extra photos to your gallery.
We'll take photos in and around the greenhouse. We will NOT use the bus, truck, or other areas of the property.
Dates & Locations
Sunday, October 1 – Evening
Saturday, October 21 – Morning
Friday, October 20 – Evening
The Lumen Room - $325
Mini-Sessions at this location are $325 instead of $300. This is to cover the cost of renting the venue. This awesome location is well worth it though! I'll also add 10 extra photos to your gallery.
This is a minimalist studio, with natural light and clean white and black walls. Some furniture will be available to us.
Sunday, October 22 – Mid Day
ut austin campus - $300
Sunday, October 1 – Afternoon
Saturday, October 21 – Afternoon
Tuesday, October 3 – Evening
Thursday, October 5 – Evening
Send me email to get started! I'll send you more information about what the mini-sessions include and help you book your timeslot.
I'll send you a short questionnaire that will help me get to know you. I'll also send you the Mini-Session Style Guide with more details about where we will meet, outfit tips, and info about how to use your online gallery.
If you have kids, it's so important to help your whole family feel as happy & prepared as possible. Go for a walk, give them a great snack, promise ice cream afterward... whatever works!
This is the fun part! We'll walk around the location, stopping at the most scenic spots. We'll move quickly to have a lot of variety.
I'm excited to meet you!
We’ll choose a date and location, and you’ll pay online
30+ photos delivered in an online gallery, ready to download. This is a much larger gallery than industry standard.
Lots of photos
Print your photos on your own, as many times as you want
No proofs or print orders
The only mini-sessions I offer are during the scheduled events listed above. I’m primarily a wedding and senior photographer, and in order to best serve my existing clients, I only work with families during scheduled mini-session events.
Can we schedule a mini-session outside of these dates?
Your mini-session includes high-resolution digital files, not physical prints. Don't worry about proofs – You can download all the photos in your gallery and print them as many times as you’d like!
Does the session include prints?
Can I print photos on my own?
Your full gallery of edited photos will be ready 7 days after your mini-session.
When will we receive our photo gallery?
If it looks like rain will be a problem during the time scheduled, we’ll reschedule for the predetermined rain-delay date. I like to wait until the day before to make the final call, because it can be hard to tell what time of day the rain will come. Sessions at The Sekrit Theater will only be rescheduled for heavy rain, because it is mostly covered.
What if rain is in
Yes! I use a secure online system to take payments with a credit card or direct bank transfer. A $75 retainer is due when signing your agreement. The remaining amount is due 1 week before your mini-session.
Do you accept
I'll send you a Welcome Guide, which includes lots of outfit tips. For mini-sessions with multiple people, limit patterns and look for colors that coordinate but don't "match" exactly. Neutrals look great in the Fall.
What should we wear?
I will not bring any props. You're welcome to bring something, but I encourage you to keep it simple. The focus of your photos should be you. A neutral colored blanket can be helpful when sitting on the ground.
Will any props be provided?
Yes! You're welcome to bring your dogs. Just let me know before your session. If you'd also like to take some photos without your dog, you may want to bring any extra adult with you to watch over them.
Can we bring our dogs?
Because mini-sessions are only 20 minutes, you will not have time for an outfit change.
How many outfits can we wear?
I don't generally allow proposals during mini-sessions, because they take more time and planning. If you're interested in proposal photography, I'd be happy to talk with you! You can also read more here.
Can I propose during a mini-session?
Carisa, 2019-23 mini-sessions
"Lauren has been photographing my family every fall since 2019 and the photos are consistently amazing. She's adapted to every situation we throw at her. Three year old who is NOT feeling it? She made grumpy look cute. Four year old and a six month old? Somehow she got them both looking, SMILING even, at the camera. Five and one year olds who constantly want to explore and be in the move? Fantastic and fun action shots. Plus she's a joy to work with! Our mini shoots seriously feel like hanging out with a friend. On top of all that, the photos are always delivered on time (or even early) and her online gallery site is a breeze to work with."
Allysa, 2023 mini-session
"Lauren is AMAZING! She is so personable and positive. She made my boyfriend and I feel so comfortable during our mini session shoot and we had the BEST time. She really took the time to structure our photoshoot based on how we wanted the photos to look and she gave the most helpful, cheerful, and clear cues to help us get there! We were laughing and having fun the entire shoot. We received the photos earlier than expected and they were absolutely STUNNING - exactly what we wanted. Such an amazing, smooth, and fun photoshoot. Lauren - you are awesome!! 🙂"
Katie, 2018-22 mini-sessions
"We had the best experience with our family mini session. Lauren was so good with the kids and gave us beautiful photos. We highly recommend her!"
christy, Fall 2020 mini-session
"Lauren was so sweet, professional and wonderful to work with. The images turned out beautifully!"
jennifer, spring 2018 mini-session
"We absolutely love all of our family photos that Lauren took during our mini-session. Lauren quickly responded and answered all of my questions. What I really loved was the website she uses to manage her business. It took care of everything from payments, email reminders, to previewing photos and downloading/ordering prints. The entire process so easy! We will definitely be booking Lauren again for our next photo session. If you are looking for a great photographer.....Contact Lauren!"
Jacqueline, Fall 2017 mini-session
"Thank you so much Lauren! Super responsive on email, very professional layout for payment schedules and very quick turnaround on final products. Absolutely fantastic to work with start to finish even when we had to change dates and times. Lauren was so accommodating and so patient with all our changes... mini sessions for babies are the best things ever created. It's not easy to photograph a cranky baby but she made the experience great." We will definitely work together again. Thank you!!"
RACHEL, Fall 2018 mini-session
"Lauren was incredible and so easy to work with! Our first pictures as a family turned out so beautifully. I am so so so happy. The entire experience was easy and when Lauren makes a promise to get your pictures by a certain day; she delivers."
stephanie, Fall 2020-21 mini-session
"Lauren was professional, warm, quick, and the turn around time! Holy smokes - it was so fast. We loved the photos and the quality. I’d recommend her in heartbeat, and would love to have her photography my family again in the future."
20 minute photography session
30+ high-resolution digital photos
an online gallery
2023 fall mini-sessions are $300+ and include:
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Only two mini-session events are held per year, and these are the ONLY days of the year that I photograph families. I don't photograph longer, individual family sessions. Mini-session spots fill up fast!
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...a Texan, a traveler, and a dog mom, living with my husband in Austin. Aside from photography, my greatest passion is being focused on giving my clients the best possible experience, from the moment you hit “send” on my contact form, to the first time you open your photo gallery.
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