Mini Session Portrait Guide



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Let's create some beautiful artwork together!

I’m so glad you’re considering a portrait session with Jodi Walsh Photography, and I’m really looking forward to working together to create some beautiful images for your family to display and treasure. This page will provide more detailed information about my style as an artist, my pricing for sessions and products, and my process for booking and planning your session. As your photographer, I not only want to provide you with a stress-free photography experience but I also want to make sure that you have all the information you’ll need to select the images to print and display in your home.


Mini sessions are a fun way to simply update your portraits or to capture a special experience or milestone moment for your child. I offer mini-sessions with different themes at different times throughout the year. And I'm always interested in new ideas so if you have an idea that isn't offered, let me know and we can create something together.

image of a young boy wearing a blue suit holding a prayer book for his first holy communion

First Holy Communion, Wexford

The Process

purchasing your session and collection with Jodi Walsh Photography

Step 1
the session fee

To book your session, first, pay the session fee and sign the digital contract. Once that's completed we'll finalize the details for your session- date, time, location, and style

Step 2
the slideshow

After your session is complete and your gallery is edited, you'll be invited to watch your slideshow. Here you can see all of the images that will make up your final gallery. Feel free to ooh and aah and enjoy every moment

Step 3
the collection

After watching your slideshow, it's time to purchase your collection. Each collection includes a number of digital files for you to keep, print, and share.

A la carte products are not available until after a collection is purchased.

All clients have the option to upgrade collections from their personal gallery store.

mini session calendar


January | February

winter & snow sessions (Jan, Feb)


April | May

first holy communion (Apr, May)
mommy & me (May)
spring princesses (May)


June | July

cap & gown (June)
mermaids (July)
wildflowers (June,July)


September | November

fall princesses (Sep)
seniors (Nov)
fall families (Nov)
black and white image of a little girl sitting the tall grass next to a tall tree in North Park near Pittsburgh.
image of a littel boy and girl, brother and sister. They're standing in the tall grass in the shade of a big tree. She has a basket of pink flowers at her feet. He's wearing a newsboy cap and suspenders. They're holding hands as they look at each other.

Schenley Park, summer

black and white image of a little boy wearing suspenders, a bowtie, and a newsboy cap. He's in a grassy clearing with a large tree in the background.

Where to begin

why choose a mini session?

Mini sessions are perfect for fun, themed experiences that let you update your portraits without the pressure of a big time commitment. They're great for kids that have short attention spans or teens with limited time in their schedules. They're great for getting that yearly family portrait for the holiday card but they can also be great for documenting those milestone moments like your child's first holy communion.

Themed mini sessions are super special experiences perfect for mermaids and princesses! Giving kids the opportunity to play pretend and be fancy with some special images they'll treasure forever.

general info about the session and gallery
  • Session Length: Typically 30 minutes.
    We work quickly but without the pressure to perform. My mini sessions are not scheduled back-to-back-to-back so if your little ones need some extra time to warm up, that's fine.
  • Location: TBD
    Because of the limited time, I like to have a specific location in mind where I know best how to make use of the light to create the best images. Most family, kid, and princess mini sessions are in spots around North Park. Mermaids need water so they're often located in Sewickley.
  • Styling:
    For specific themed costume sessions (mermaids, princesses, etc) I provide the costume and props or accessories needed to complete the look. For non-costume sessions, I'm happy to help with outfit styling.
  • Gallery:
    Clients can expect to see at least 25 hand-retouched final images in their online gallery.
offered every July
girl sitting with mermaid tail in Pittsburgh creek
Mommy & Me!
offered in May
black and white image of a mother kissing her toddler girl. They're both wearing flowered dresses and they're in a garden at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh.
in the spring and fall!
image of a little girl in pink tutu dress and flower crown
frequently asked questions
How do we hear about mini sessions?
my email list

The best way to be the first to know about my mini session dates, sign up for my email list and follow me on social media. Typically, I send out a quick email that announces the mini session details then a few days later I'll share the information on social media open to anyone.

Where are mini sessions scheduled?
a few different places

I schedule mini sessions in a variety of places. North Park, Ohio Township Park, and Avonworth Community Park are my favorite parks to use. I know the spaces really well and they're easy to get to with plenty of parking.


Some sessions are offered downtown in the Cultural District.


Mermaids are offered in Sewickley.

Can pets come too?
maybe. let's talk.

I love getting to include pets in family photo sessions- even in mini-sessions. The only reason a pet might not be included is if our mini-session location prohibits pets. If you are hoping to include a pet in your session, just let me know and we can discuss location possibilities.

What are custom mini-sessions?

Custom mini sessions for past clients. Sometimes my clients need a quick session but it doesn't fit in with the mini-sessions that I'm offering currently. That's where custom mini-sessions fit it. Clients who have booked sessions with me before can schedule a mini-session anytime and anywhere, depending on my availability. All mini-session pricing applies.


mini session details

what to expect

Clients can expect 20-30 minutes of on-location portrait photography for an individual or single family.

Even with the limited time, sessions are relaxed with no pressure to perform but because I don't schedule my sessions back-to-back, I always have plenty of time to coax smiles from even the most challenging subject.

*no print or digital products are included with this fee*

session fee


collection details

what happens next?

Your client gallery will be ready approximately two weeks after your portrait session (you can expect to receive email updates on the editing progress).


Clients will receive an email invitation to view their gallery slideshow. All portraits are presented in the brief 1-2 minute slideshow. After viewing the slideshow, choose and purchase the collection that best meets your needs and budget. All collections include a set number of digital files with a release for you to keep, print, and share at your convenience.

A la carte products are only available after purchasing a collection.




5 digital files




12 digital files

$75 product credit




25+ digital files

$150 product credit

the products

off the cloud and into your home!

everyday prints

printed on professional photo paper with a semi-gloss finish, for the highest quality long-lasting print.

standard sizes available


fine art canvas wraps are printed directly onto museum-quality canvas using archival ink, with a beautiful finish and canvases arrive ready to hang


photographic print on semi-gloss paper, mounted with a thick 8 ply mat board, protected by a front acrylic, permanently sealed with a black backing paper.
pre-assembled and ready to hang.


press-printed coffee table books are created using the strongest binding system that allows the pages to flow like a traditional book, and are printed on matte paper for incredible quality and longevity.

image of a square linen covered photo album. the cover is beige and the album is set on a dark wood floor

artist deckled edge prints

archival 100% cotton and acid-free prints, with a rich and textured finish. carefully hand-torn to create a soft feathered edge that adds a beautiful softness to the image.

sizes 5x7 - 11x14 available


printed on fine art paper and set under a clear acrylic with a glare-free finish, featuring polished edges for a modern-looking display.

linen box

carefully handcrafted, print boxes include an elegant ribbon to easily lift prints and are ideal for presenting and preserving prints.


beautifully printed on Fuji Deep Matte paper, these albums are carefully constructed by a team of skilled artisans to create a tremendous visual impact with rich colors and pure whites.

and many more

If there are products that you're interested in but don't see here or in your personal gallery story, please send me a message and I'll be happy to find that perfect product for you!

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family, senior, headshot, and creative

portrait photographer for the Pittsburgh area including:

Cranberry, Fox Chapel, Mt Lebanon, Sewickley, Upper St Clair, and Wexford