Minneapolis family photographer and SHORT portrait sessions

SHORT portrait sessions

What is the deal with SHORT portrait sessions in Minneapolis?

Just 15 minutes to get a refresh on family photos, quick headshots, or a photo with a squirmy toddler or slightly reluctant honey. I call these little portraits SHORT portrait sessions because the time commitment is small so you can get back to enjoying your weekend.


If you are like my family, you probably schedule, then over-schedule, then travel, and work, and sometimes even enjoy time together.

I totally get that scheduling a portrait session into that mix can be tricky and easily move to the back of your list (especially with kids or less-than-enthusiastic partners.)

But I’m guessing that you don’t really take the time to document this busy, hectic, fleeting time in your life, either.

That’s why I do SHORT portrait sessions – a quick update to portraits, a brief time for kids to focus, an expeditious seasonal headshot, a rapid refresh for photos with your pup.


But short also means focused and really fun – too quick to get “in your head” and definitely to brief for boredom.


You might want to know what can you expect from a SHORT portrait session in only 15 minutes! A little walking, a bit of laughter, at least 20 high resolution images, laughter, and some trees (finally!).

Here are some favorites from SHORT portrait sessions – hope to see you soon!

2020 SHORT portrait sessions dates for August – October:

SHORT PORTRAIT sessions are 220

Frequently Asked Questions about SHORT portrait sessions:

Q. Where will the sessions be?
A. In 2020, locations that allow for social distancing are paramount, so I’m offering sessions in two locations: The Minnehaha Falls area (Thursday nights) and nearby Coldwater Spring (Weekend Mornings). If a Minnehaha Falls park session will include kids, we will stay up at the street level to avoid the stairs/crowds.

Q. Will you offer sessions again this year?
A. I generally only offer SHORT portrait sessions in spring and fall.

Q. What is included in the price?
A. The portrait session includes 15 minutes of photography and at least 20 full resolution files as digital downloads (these are the digital negatives and have no watermark, etc). You have the rights to use those for all your personal uses – sending to family, making some cards, etc.

Q. What if it rains?
A. If the weather looks too rainy for photos, I will generally cancel the SHORT portrait sessions and offer a rain date or a refund.

Q. We need a specific time, but I don’t see it – can we schedule for a different time?
A. I book sessions based on the needs of clients – just email me directly and I’ll see what we can do (

Q. What is the difference between SHORT portrait sessions and full portrait sessions?
A. SHORT portrait sessions are made to be easy to schedule and quick to complete. This is perfect for updating a family photo or getting new photos of your toddler, etc. If you want something more specific, or more in depth (and especially if you have a location or mix of locations in mind), then a full portrait session might be perfect for you. Those are 60-90 minutes, and offered around your schedule at whatever locations you want. You can see more information about full portrait sessions on my Portraits Page.