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Okay… they are not really “mini” sessions per se, they are more like a generous bite-sized version of a full family session and they are customized from start to finish.There’s no need to wait in line to be photographed at the same location as everyone else. Your family is unique and your portraits should be too! This is the perfect way to update your portraits for holiday cards and gifts.Each custom mini session includes:• A pre-session questionnaire and an optional consultation over the phone to communicate your specific photographic needs.• 30 minute session for up to five individuals at your location of choice during the beautiful “golden hour” before sunset.• Your choice of 10 fully-edited, high-resolution images from your private online gallery of 20 select images (in color and in black & white; additional digital files will be available for purchase).• Lifetime print release• $300 pre-sale through Sunday August 30th (normally $350) Book your spot below!Dates for these sessions are as follows (one session scheduled per day at your location of choice):

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FAQs

Are the custom mini sessions for kids only?

Custom mini sessions are for any family member of any age for up to 5 people. Add $20 per person for groups larger than 5 individuals.

Can I tell you what types of images I want?

Absolutely! Good communication is key to a successful session. Since mini sessions are so much shorter than my standard family sessions, we will do a majority of the communicating beforehand. You may want just family shots (some candid, some “camera-aware”), or, you may want one great family image and an image or two of each child. Upon booking, you will recieve a questionnaire to communicate precisely which images you would like me to shoot, edit and present to you in your 20-image gallery.

What can I print with these files?

The high-resolution files come with a lifetime print release to print at your vendor of choice. They are suited to for prints and canvases up to 11 x 14” in size. You will have the option to purchase professional prints, canvases and signature albums from your online gallery.

What should we wear?

Be comfortable. Be yourselves. In general, coordinating colors and patterns are best. I will send you a complete Wardrobe Guide before your session.

Are the images retouched?

I always edit images and include basic retouching and enhancing the natural beauty of every person in the image. For family or group shots, I will often composite (i.e. “swap heads”) to get the best image of everyone’s face.

Any major retouching (one that alters reality, i.e. removing large objects from the background, removing braces, removing a cast, pink eye, etc) requires me to hire out the editing to an advanced graphic artist for $15 an image.

What if I want to have all of my images in the gallery?

You can! Additional images (with a print release) are available for $25 each or you can purchase the whole set for $100 (20 images in all, in color and black and white).

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I say this a lot, but it’s true… Babies grow up way too fast!

Last October, I had the honor of documenting this sweet baby girl’s lifestyle newborn session in her parent’s Mount Pleasant home. Since the very moment they laid eyes on her they were absolutely smitten. Her sweet dimples are just like Mom’s and the more she grows the more she resembles her. I enjoyed every moment of their session, from the gorgeous interior, the well-planned wardrobe to the beautiful landscape that framed the waterfront property. Just stunning. I was amazed that little {C} was in such a great mood throughout the session… she had no nap during the day and was definitely overdue for an afternoon snooze. She hung in there until the very end of the session and we were able to get some amazing shots!

Enjoy the images and this blog interview with Mom’s take on the session:

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?

NOPE! This was our third session and Jody always makes it so easy. She tells us how to “pose” for the pics and really walks you through the process so there’s nothing to worry about.

What was your favorite part of your baby’s milestone session?

the pictures of course!

Did the location have any special meaning?

Edisto is a special place for us and it was wonderful that Jody did the shoot there.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session.

I went with a solid navy dress, {C} wore two outfits, one a simple smocked dress and the second a knit bubble suit. My husband wore a bright buttondown to add some color.

Tell me about your favorite images from this session.

Us holding hands on the dock was pretty special because Jody got one those pics when we did our maternity session. She also got some great pics of us and our dog, Harley which she has gotten each shoot.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a Milestone Mini session?

Have fun with it! My husband and I usually have a cocktail before:)Jody’s going to make you look great.

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At long last, the wait is over! This gorgeous little newborn girl was a dream to photograph! There were so many special moments captured, from the family dog, who was a little apprehensive about being “de-throned” by a new sibling, to sweet family moments on the very same couch that her mother sat for weeks upon weeks (on modified bed rest), to this beautiful sleepy baby girl, all snuggled down on family heirloom blankets. I just love her sweet smile and the fact that she has her mom’s adorable dimples. Sweetness overload!

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I knew as soon as we spoke on the phone that I was going to enjoy working with this sweet mother-to-be on her daughter’s First Year package (they chose Maternity, Lifestyle Newborn, Milestone Mini & First Birthday sessions). She is as sweet and genuine as they come and just as beautiful on the outside! As you can see by the links to her other blog posts (above), I have had the opportunity to watch her little one from the time she was a beautiful baby bump, during her mom’s maternity session, all the way through her Milestone Mini session at 8 months. In just a few more months, they will be celebrating her First Birthday, complete with portraits and a cake smash!

I just love the colors she chose to wear and how they played off of the bright greens of the marsh grasses. This beautiful private dock was perfect for an afternoon stroll, dreaming of the happy days ahead. This ancient live oak tree was just begging to be photographed – such a wonderful symbol of family, growth and fortitude.

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It’s hard to believe it was a year ago that I photographed these sweet babies when they were just a few days old. Now they are a year old and full of personality and spunk. Big sister is a year older too and just as sweet and adorable as they come! I kept calling her little sister by big sister’s name… because they are so similar in appearance! Little brother is a spitting image of dad, with his mom’s eyes and expressions. They drove all the way from Murrells Inlet on a very muggy morning, to meet me in Mount Pleasant for their outdoor First Birthday Cake Smash session. I have so many favorites, it was hard for me to decide what I wanted to share!

Here is their mom’s take on preparing for (and surviving) the session:

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?

“Only that the kids would melt down and/or not sit still long enough to get a good shot. I like the idea of a morning shoot as it was getting hot so quickly. If I could only reschedule their birthdays for a cooler month!”

What was your favorite part of your session?

“Probably getting the cake shots. Babies and frosting…always a fun combination.”

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session.

“I loved the navy/white matching outfits. I wanted something a little more “formal” and classic but still cool on a hot morning.”

Tell me about your favorite images from this session?

“I love the pictures of the babies and their cupcakes! Especially the dead stare from {C} after we took hers away.  Any picture where all three kids are looking in the same general direction, with eyes open and no tears is a WINNER!!!”

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a First Birthday session?

“If I did this one over again, I would nix the outfit change. By the time I got the babies in their “formal” outfits, they had about enough sitting still. Oh, and bring a diaper cover for the cake shots :)”

“Lucky for us, Jody is awesome! This is our 4th shoot with her and she always gets the shot. She is a mom. She knows the window for success is short. As I am dressing/ undressing, fixing hair, attaching bows, wiping noses…she is shooting away. There is so much going on and as the parent you don’t have time to help the photographer set up the shot….and with Jody, you don’t have to. She gets there early, has a plan and is ready as soon as you are. She takes control which is so appreciated.”

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