Fall Mini Session with Ava Photography

A little about me..

If you are here, that means you've booked a fall mini session with me! I can't wait to work with you! And if we have already worked together, I can't wait to see you again and create beautiful images for you and your family!

My camera will be your pen, and your family is your letter. I have always been an artistic person, ever since I was little. I’ve always loved writing and taking pictures. I love words and how they can form a perfect story. I've always felt like writing could take you back in time, to a moment you could relive. My approach to photography is the same. I want to use photography to write you a letter. I want to use my camera as your pen to capture the smiles, the laughs, the hugs and butterfly kisses and the moments who make your family, you. I love the art of genuine connection and emotion and I pride myself on being able to deliver that to you so when you look back on your images. It creates a sense of nostalgia for how things were. 

So, if you come to me, be ready for a fun time! It won't feel like you are doing much more than just hanging out. I am all about my family, I completely understand how you are all about yours as well and how much this time and these memories mean to you. Your session will be about YOU, you just need to come and love on them. 

AVA PHOTOGRAPHY OFFERS (UN)POSED SESSIONS TO DOCUMENT THESE SPECIAL MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE.

(Un)posed sessions are focused on your moments, connections and the love you have for one another. I love moments over poses. I will direct you and your family on the best positions to sit or stand, I will let you know when to look at me but for the most part, I always want you looking at each other. I will guide you when to have a tickle war with your kids, when to hold them close, when to pick them up and give them a great big bear hug or when to just enjoy the moment. The most important thing to remember is that I am here to capture those moments and how you do them organically so when you look back on these images you get a sense of nostalgia. I try to promise to get an image of everyone looking and smiling at the camera because I know how much grandparents love those!

Today is going to feel like ancient history this time next year. Whether you are planning the birth of a child, getting engaged and planning a wedding, gearing up for a child's preschool graduation, high school graduation or college graduation, time waits for no-one. Those little traditions and things that matter so much may very well be temporary. Make your legacy tangible. 

THESE IMAGES AREN'T JUST ABOUT PRETTY SMILES ON CHRISTMAS CARDS. THESE IMAGES ARE FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE PASSED ON TO GENERATIONS TO COME. 

These images go well beyond anything money can possibly buy. This is YOU. It's the way you embrace your family for all they are and all that you are. It is the way they love you. It is about all those details we take for granted at times. The freckles on your little girl's face, the baby curls on the bottom of her long hair that you can't bring yourself to cutting yet. It's your little boy's long eyelashes that seem to sweep to infinity and how he looks up at you with admiration. It's the way your husband kisses your forehead and wraps his arms around your waist and pulls you close and the way your baby fits in the crook of your arm like it was meant for them. 

This is why I don't heavily pose. I want your moments, your true moments. Our session will do just that in a fun, down-to-earth and unique approach.

BEFORE THE SESSION

I am here for you and your family. I want to get to know you before the session and during. We can exchange as many emails or messages as you need, I am even happy to give you a call in the planning phase. I want you to be as prepared and ready for our time together as possible.

We are a team! I am also happy to help you style for the big day! Please feel free to send me as many links or images of outfits your thinking of purchasing or what you already have in your closet. I will let you know what photographs well and make sure your images will look timeless. I am here to help in any way that I can. 

DURING THE SESSION

Our session day has arrived. You have likely spent weeks planning for our time together. Whatever should happen before the session, know that when I arrive - you need not to do anything but love on your family. There is no pressure involved. In fact, the only real "rule" I have is that you love on your family. We will chat for a few moments before I even start shooting so we can get to know each other even better and so that your children know I am here to be their friend, not just the lady taking pictures. You can expect me to ask you to just have fun by giving hugs and kisses, sing and dance, cuddle, blow raspberries, play ring-around-the-rosie, tell secrets, twirl, cloud gaze, hold hands, walk and all the fun things we can think of!

THE SUCCESS CHECKLIST

Use this little step-by-step checklist to prep for the big day and get everyone picture perfect.

Layout all your outfits and see if there is anything you want to add or see if anything might be missing. Layers and textures photograph amazingly.

Feel free to arrive early to dress the kids at the location. This way their clothes are without wrinkles and stay clean before you arrive. 

Pack (clean) snacks & water. Even a special treat for after our session. 

Talk about me to your kids as a friend and not just a photographer to make sure they know this will be fun. They will likely trust the process much better.

Bring towels and a warm change of clothes for the car ride home in case there is any water at our location and you are okay with getting wet!

If your child is moody, hyper or silly, we roll with it. If they need breaks, we take them. I want all your real moments and I will accommodate them all. Don't get upset with them if they aren't into it right away, it takes time for me to warm up to people too so I can only imagine how it feels for a child. 

Remember you don't even have to look at my camera unless I have asked you to. I want all focus to be on each other and for you to always be touching.

Be mindful of the silly faces you make to your children to make them laugh. If you make them be sure to smile right after. This goes with hands and arms too. Be mindful of where they are during our session. I still guide you through all of this but it is good to keep in the back of your mind.

I direct but I don't post. It may not feel like we are doing much at times but I am getting everything. I am getting the moments and details when you don't even realize it. The in-betweens.

DON'T FORGET TO BRING

A warm change of clothes for the way home (in case we get dirty during our session)

A Bottle of water (kids do a lot of playing and running during our session)

If your child has a "lovie" please bring it, but keep it hidden till the end or it may be in every picture.

Snacks

A hair brush

Your favourite bug spray

Fall Mini at a Glance


INVESTMENT

Fall mini sessions are mini in size but not in the length of time we will use to create beautiful images. Most "mini" sessions last 45-60 minutes to make sure we create authentic, genuine images as I feel this can not be created in a short time frame. It also allows us to move around within our chosen location so that you have a variety of different backdrops for your final gallery. Fall Mini Sessions include 15 images of your choice with the option to purchase the full gallery should you need or want more. They are digital in nature but I also offer cost products for all my clients from my professional print lab. What they invoice me is what you are charged. I do not take a commission for prints or products. Once you pick your 15 images (or entire gallery) your digital images come in high-resolution format with full print release in an online gallery.


FALL MINI SESSION | $225 

All sessions subject to GST

45-60 minute session at an outdoor location