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Every year I wait for it.  As the days tick down towards mid-May I rack my brain as the inevitable question approaches.  With my birthday falling just days after Mother’s Day each year, my poor boys are faced with the tough question of what to get for Mom, and I never have any good ideas.  So far this year, all I have been able to come up with to tell them are a new pillow, a stand-up paddle board, a floor mopping robot, or the absolutely impossible-to-get tickets to Broadway’s Hamilton (my latest obsession).  Odds are, unless my husband has a secret stash of money hidden away to get those scalped tickets, I’m going to be disappointed with the results. But the good news is that you don’t have to be!  I’ve got the perfect last minute gift idea for you to share with all of your people – Spring Mini Sessions! 

Dads – I’ve got gift certificates and plenty of space on my Spring calendar for you to get that session booked for Mom.  Even better – you don’t have to buy a separate gift from the kids, just get them to make a card telling her how well they’ll cooperate at the session!  THAT is the best gift they could give her!

Moms – Just send Dad the link to this blog post, tell him to email me, and we’ll take it from there!

I know that we are in the heart of spring sports season right now and that weekend time is at a premium.  I am currently booking sessions in Brambleton at Legacy Park on Friday, May 13 at 6 and 6:30 pm, on Saturday, May 14 at 8, 8:30 and 9am, and on Sunday, May 22 at 8, 8:30 and 9am.   Additional times available upon request.  See below for more details about Mini Sessions.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is different about a mini session?
The goal of a Mini Session is to get one or two great family shots, and then a few individuals and small group shots. They are quick and painless, and as the name says – Mini!  A mini session is typically only about 20 minutes in length compared to a regular session which is an hour to an hour and a half, and you get 5-8 photos to preview vs the 20-30 from a regular session.
A full session is much more personalized to each family. I spend a lot more time with you and get to capture everyone’s personality in a much more relaxed lifestyle session. There are more playful and candid moments in a full session, and we can do them in any location you choose. A full session is also ideal for larger families who want lots of different posing options, or for families with children who take longer to warm up to strangers or who have more difficulty cooperating. Can’t decide, send me an email and we’ll discuss pros and cons!  I do still have options for Full Sessions available on my Spring schedule!

Can you really get anything good in 20 minutes?
Sure! Take a look at some of my favorite photos above, from some of my favorite Spring Sessions.  I will caveat this by saying that IF your child is someone who typically takes a while to warm up to strangers then a full session is probably more ideal for you, as we only have limited time together.

What is included?
Your $350 fee includes your session time at Legacy Park in Brambleton ($100 value), and your choice of either One Digital Image and Three Gift Prints (8×10 or 5×7) OR Two Digital Images ($300 value).

What if we want more prints or canvases?
Additional prints, canvases and digital files may be purchased at a la carte pricing.  I offer a 20% discount on additional purchases made at the time of gallery release.

How do we sign up?
Call 703-638-9570 or email me at kelly@kellynphotography.com with your preference of date and time slot. Sessions will be filled on a first come first served basis and are not confirmed until I have received your payment and contract. I may add additional times and dates based on demand.

Well hello there.  It’s been a long time forever since I’ve posted any family photography.  I don’t have any excuses.  I just ran out of things to say and new ways to say it.  (And I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately.)  But I realized today that I never shared any of my Fall Mini Session photos on the blog!  Last fall the leaves at Brambleton’s Legacy Park were prettier than in any other year in recent memory, and I was able to capture some of my favorite photos of all time.  If I look back through the blog, I shared my favorite summer photos on the first day of Fall, so it’s about right that I share my favorite Fall photos in late April.  :)

It’s also a great day to share them, because I just donated a Spring Mini Session option to the Step Sisters’ Think Pink Auction!  It’s going to be a great event on May 6 to support the Step Sisters’ mission to make a difference for Breast Cancer patients right here in our local community.  Make sure you check it out and come out on May 6 to bid on a great deal for a Spring Mini Session and dozens of other fantastic items!

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I’m also looking at a few dates to open up for Spring Mini Sessions, so if you don’t win at the auction, there still is a chance to get some photos taken this spring.  If you’d like to be notified when I pick those dates,  or if you’d like to schedule your own Spring Session email me today!

It all began at a Mini Session in 2013.  Because she is the most photogenic woman I know, I snapped a quick shot of my old college friend Colleen alone during her annual holiday photo session with her daughters.  I just learned today that the photo became her profile photo on a dating website that intrigued Mike enough to click and learn more about her.  He liked what he saw, and two and a half years later, in a gorgeous ceremony, surrounded by people who loved them dearly, they were married.

Colleen and I have fallen into a pattern of taking her fall photos on the coldest, and windiest day each fall.  And for three lovely ladies with wind-whipped long hair and short skirts, that’s always a tricky situation.  When she asked me to photograph her wedding in April, I though for sure we would (for once) get sunshine and warmth.  But as I drove out to Sunset Hills Vineyard last Saturday afternoon the winds were howling and snowflakes were whirling across my windshield.  The plan was to assemble chairs on the hillside next to the willow tree and capture the golden glow of sunset while they said their vows.    Fortunately all that mattered to Colleen and Mike was that they were together with their people who had brought them to this point, so plans were changed, chairs were brought inside, and with smiles a mile-wide, the ceremony went off without a hitch.

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Mike waited for Colleen in the only spot on the property that was shielded from the wind.  I’d say it was worth the wait.

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As an aside, it’s really hard to get your camera to focus when you have tears in your eyes from an incredible toast by the bride.

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Colleen was the Pied Piper on the dance floor!

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It may have been her wedding day, but at the end of it all, she’s their Mom.  XOXO

  • April 14, 2016 - 7:56 am

    Aileen - Beautiful. So much happiness and love here. Great job capturing it all!

If you are anywhere near the East Coast, you’ll know this this weekend was a total washout.  All sporting events were cancelled which mean that a lot of families got to spend some time together for the first weekend in 6 weeks.  Apparently most of those families went grocery shopping together and then made chili because on Monday morning there was not a bottle of chili powder to be found in my local Wegmans.  Unfortunately this weekend’s bad weather coincided with my first day of Fall Mini Sessions.  While several of my families opted to reschedule their Mini Session for a later date, the M family wanted to go ahead with theirs as scheduled.  We lucked into dry but overcast weather, and fortunately they have a great front porch on their house with a perfect porch swing for cozy family photos.

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I have to confess that little bro snapped this photo of his big bro.  I’m thinking that I may be out of a job now that he can take such great photos.  :)

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The M family have been newborn clients and regular mini session clients for the past three years, and I was honored when they brought me inside to see their “wall of Kelly” with all of the photos I’ve snapped for them over the years.    It’s so much fun to see my photos hanging up in my clients’ homes!

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Do you have a blank wall that needs some photos?  It’s not too late to schedule YOUR Mini Session!  Due to the washout this weekend I am now booking on Sunday, October 18 from 8-10 am and Saturday, October 31 from 9-11am. Email me to book your mini session before it gets too cold!

 

It’s hard to believe it, but I made my first batch of pumpkin muffins this week and Starbucks had their Fall themed cups when I stopped for my latte, so it must mean the most wonderful season of the year is officially here. That’s right – It’s Mini Session Season!  Mini Sessions with Kelly Nelson Photography will be held at Legacy Park in Brambleton on Saturday October 17, from 8-11am and again from 3-5pm, Sunday, October 18 8-10am and Saturday 10/31 9-11am. By then the leaves will hopefully have started turning and the air will feel more like fall and not summer!

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Call 703-638-9570 or email me at kelly@kellynphotography.com with your preference of date and time slot. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are not confirmed until I have received your payment and contract. I may add additional times and dates based on demand.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is different about a mini session?
The goal of a Mini Session is to get one or two great shots for the holiday card and for holiday gifts. They are quick and painless, and as the name says – Mini!  A mini session is typically only about 20 minutes in length compared to a regular session which is an hour to an hour and a half, and you get 5-8 photos to preview vs the 20-30 from a regular session.
A full session is much more personalized to each family. I spend a lot more time with you and get to capture everyone’s personality in a much more relaxed lifestyle session. There are more playful and candid moments in a full session, and we can do them in any location you choose. A full session is also ideal for larger families who want lots of different posing options, or for families with children who take longer to warm up to strangers or who have more difficulty cooperating. Can’t decide, send me an email and we’ll discuss pros and cons!  I do still have options for Full Sessions available on my Fall schedule!

Can you really get anything good in 20 minutes?
Sure! Take a look at some of my favorite photos from our mini sessions last Fall! I will caveat this by saying that IF your child is someone who typically takes a while to warm up to strangers then a full session is probably more ideal for you, as we only have limited time together.

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What is included?
Your $350 fee includes your session time ($100 value), and your choice of either One Digital Image and Three gift prints (8×10 or 5×7) OR Two Digital Images ($300 value).

What if we want more prints or canvases?
Additional prints, canvases and digital files may be purchased at a la carte pricing.  I offer a 20% discount on additional purchases made at the time of gallery release.

I really want a Mini Session, but these dates don’t work.  Help!
Email me anyway. If enough people have conflicts, I will add an additional date or work with you to find a date that works better!

How do we sign up?
Call 703-638-9570 or email me at kelly@kellynphotography.com with your preference of date and time slot. Sessions will be filled on a first come first served basis and are not confirmed until I have received your payment and contract. I may add additional times and dates based on demand.