Parks and Gardens Minis: for families, headshots, pups, and couples alike

It’s time for a fresh batch of adorable photos of you and your loved ones! Yep, that’s right, it’s mini sessions season! Whether you’re seeking new headshots for your business, content for your social media, an update of your family’s cuteness, or just some snuggly moments with your fave human (or pet)—I’m here for it! Minis keep things short and sweet in cases where you only need a smaller number of images, want something simple to use for your website or holiday cards, or just want a brief update to grace your walls and document your ongoing family story.

DEETS: Minis are $450 and 20 minutes each, at one of the locations/dates below. There’s five minutes of leeway, beyond that, time cannot be extended as there may be another client waiting right after you. Sessions are available for a maximum of six people in one single group (if you have a larger group, reach out and we’ll book a full adventure session at a location of your choosing on another date). We’ve changed our approach so note that instead of picking selects, ALL the images from the session are included for you, your gallery will include at least 40 images (possibly more). Simple & easy! You’ll receive your gallery within two weeks, and you’ll be able to download directly from it.

LOCATION: You’ll receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions for the exact meeting spot based on your booked location (as well as session prep advice) shortly after booking.

SAFETY: There’s a new Covid surge happening this season, so depending on how that plays out, be warned that we may be masked to keep things safe for all clients since we’ll be working with several different groups (you won’t need to be masked).

SOLD OUT! OPTION #1: HISTORIC MINIS AT PRESIDIO PARK: JUNIPERO SERRA MUSEUM AND RUSTIC GROVE

Saturday, October 28th, 2023 — 20-Minute Morning Mini Sessions, 8:30am-10:30am

This spot has so much timeless charm and historic delight! From the arches and the tiles to the rustic grove of eucalyptus, it’s a gem! An early morning option for likely much fewer people around, this is within view of a large parking lot so very easy-access. Located at the north end of the park, this area features the following features (you’ll have time for about two):

  • The historic Spanish adobe architecture of the Junipero Serra museum
  • The arches and colonnades outside of the museum
  • Lots of Spanish tile surrounding the building
  • Two different cozy brick staircases (surrounded by white adobe walls)
  • A rustic eucalyptus grove (mixed in with CA pines)
  • Flowering bushes likely to be in bloom

This location’s parking is very convenient in terms of proximity, but bear in mind that there will be a full set of stairs involved, as the museum is uphill from the parking lot. Please keep in mind that none of the above locations are guaranteed, and due to unforeseen events, it’s possible a location change could be necessary. In the case of inclement weather, events may be delayed by about one week.

$450 – BOOK NOW

All images included as digital downloads (approx. 40), provided in a gallery within two weeks.
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OPTION #2: VIBRANT RUSTIC SPANISH-STYLE MINIS IN OLD TOWN STATE PARK

Sunday, October 29th, 2023 — 20-Minute Afternoon Mini Sessions, 3:00pm - 6:00pm / Sunday, November 12th, 2023 — 20-Minute Morning Minis, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Color-lovers unite! The vibrant Mexican heritage of Old Town offers truly darling historic western and Spanish old-fashioned architecture, lovely old-growth trees and cactus gardens, minimalist adobe allure, and maximalist colorful shops! Located at the south end of the park at the top of a hill, and surrounded by lots and lots of lovely trees, this area features the following options to choose from (you’ll have time for about two):

  • Historic and charming Spanish-style white adobe walls of the Casa de Estudillo
  • The big grassy tree-filled Washington Park (the main square)
  • Vintage western old-timey heritage buildings
  • Lush cactus and succulent gardens
  • Colorful shops with papel picado flags
  • Darling colorful tiled staircases (to stand or sit on)

This location offers several public free lots for nearby parking (however this is a popular tourism area and so finding parking can sometimes take a while on the weekend). Please keep in mind that these could all be busy areas, and none of the above locations are guaranteed. Due to unforeseen events, it’s possible a location change could be necessary. In the case of inclement weather, events may be delayed by about one week.

$450 – BOOK NOW

All images included as digital downloads (approx. 40), provided in a gallery within two weeks.
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OPTION #3: CHARMING VICTORIAN GARDEN MINIS AT HERITAGE PARK

Sunday, November 12th, 2023 — 20-Minute Morning Mini Sessions, 8:00am - 10:00am

Quaint to the max, this little charmer of a collection of beautifully-preserved victorian homes makes the sweetest backdrop to a cozy session! In addition to the historic homes (exterior access only), there’s a large open-air lawn, a lovely arbor, beautiful rustic paths, and lovely plant life. Along with a walkable cobblestone street where no cars go! This area features the following options to choose from (you’ll have time for up to two):

  • Several historic victorian homes just oozing with charming details (exteriors only, beautiful porches)
  • A big grassy area surrounded by trees and shrubs (great if you want to bring a picnic blanket and get casual)
  • Grand old draping pepper trees (California’s answer to willow trees, we love them!)
  • Some cute rustic trails
  • A charming arbor
  • An old-fashioned cobblestone street

This location has a small but convenient dedicated lot, and street parking along Juan if the lot’s full. Likely parking will be easy since this will be in the morning, but you never know, so you might need to park a few blocks over in the public lots. It’s a very slightly uphill walk on cobblestone for one block from the parking lot to the end of the houses, so keep that in mind for mobility. Please remember that it’s possible that these could all be busy areas, so none of the above locations are guaranteed. Due to unforeseen events, it’s possible a location change could be necessary. In the case of inclement weather, events may be delayed by about one week.

$450 – BOOK NOW

All images included as digital downloads (approx. 40), provided in a gallery within two weeks.
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