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Mini Session Information


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To help you prepare, here is some information to help your session go smoothly - 

  • Abel's Trees address is 435 North Clove Rd, Verbank, NY 12585

  • The farm is very big, below is an aerial view to help describe where to park and where to find me.

  • I will likely move a bit throughout the day depending on the sun, but will probably be towards the top of the hill earlier on in the day and lower down for the later sessions.   

  • If you need to contact me the day of your session, please text 860-479-8245

  • Please be respectful of distancing around others, especially around the cars if others are there at the same time.  Please wear masks if you cannot distance.

  • I will only be bringing things with me I can wipe down between sessions.  If you would like a blanket to sit on, please bring one.  I will have a couple crates/stools for little ones to sit on and a couple of holiday signs as an option to hold.


Things to consider for your next mini session:

Arrive Early

Arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time for last minute issues that may arise.  Mini Sessions are scheduled back to back and any amount of time that you're late will directly impact the length of your session.  Please consider children who may need to 'warm up' and leave extra time before your session for this.  For children who are extremely shy, I can usually win them over, but it sometimes takes a while.  Please consider a full family session.

What To Wear

Planning what to wear for your photo session can be fun with the proper preparation!  When picking out your outfits, pick out the outfit for the most difficult to dress person first (if your family is like mine, that would be Mom (me)!) and then plan everyone else's outfits around that one.  

General suggestions -

Remember too many patterns are really busy for the eye when looking at a group.  Consider limiting patterns to one person.  Check out this Pinterest link with some beautiful ideas for colors and  sample outfits for the whole family.

Bright and neon colors generally don't photograph well, also steer away from logos and graphic tees.  You may want to play with layers and bold accessories for added interest instead.  For affordable casual coordinating family outfits, Primark, Old Navy and H&M are great places to start.  There are also lots of online stores who have fun dresses for girls if you prefer to go that route.  Mom, if you aren't sure what to wear or are self conscious, consider a flowy maxi dress with some accessories...believe it or not, Forever 21 has some great options!

Have fun!

Relaxed parents = Beautiful portraits!  I aim to make every session as stress free and relaxed as possible.  Children are usually at ease during family portraits when they can interact with the parents.  If the child is hesitant to sit alone, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.  

Gallery & Delivery

All sessions will be delivered by an online gallery with a link to download.  The digital images are high resolution and you will also have a print release to print where you prefer.  While your gallery is active you will have the option of buying prints directly from my professional printing lab.  If you prefer, you may place your order there.  I will receive your order and then personally prepare the file and send to the lab.

All galleries will be delivered within 21 days.

I will select the best of the best images from your session and upload them to your private gallery (passwords will be sent out when images become available).  You may add 5 images to your cart and check out at no additional charge.  Extra images will automatically be charged at $50 each or $175 for the full gallery.  Typical galleries have 10-15 images.

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