May 21, 2021

Petite Summer Family Sessions in Charlottesville

Mini sessions have always felt inauthentic and rushed to me, which is why I’ve created my own alternative with these petite summer family sessions – a shorter time frame, but still long enough for the true Firefly experience.  

My style is about the story. So five or ten minutes just won’t cut it. I also literally can’t contain myself from delivering more than just 5-10 images.

I feel like making creatively vibrant and emotion-filled images of a family takes a little more finesse than that. And yet, it’s more bite-sized than my full offering for those families who want to dip a toe into this lifestyle photography thing but just aren’t ready to dive into the deep end with me.

The cherry on top is that it’s one all-inclusive payment that includes session, digital files, and print credit for you to use on whatever printed products of your favorites you love right from your gallery.


Who: families on my insiders list looking to celebrate their family on a beautiful summer night

What: 30 minute sessions / min. 20 edited images / all the digital files in your gallery / $50 in print credit

When: July 5,6,7,8 // two spots available per night at 7:15pm or 8:00pm

Where: Location announced to booked clients only for privacy / located in Charlottesville / sample images from our location throughout this post!


Will you have props or a cute backdrop?

NO NO NO NO NO. Not to be rude, but no.

These sessions will be an introductory version of my full family sessions, meaning we use the environment and family connection to capture personality, not props. There’s no one backdrop that you/your wiggly kids will have to stay in front of. With that said, we won’t do a lot of exploring or around our location because I want the focus to be you and your connection as a family, and in order to do that in a short period of time, we won’t be spending a ton of it walking around.

Our location is a wide open field at sunset, though, so I mean, that’s basically the best canvas you can get.

Who is this good for?

Crucial question. While shorter sessions may seem appealing for people who are self-proclaimed “hate-getting-my-picture-taken” people, they’re not for everyone. (and side note, my sessions are fun- even dads like them.) Here’s who they’re best for:

  • families who have worked with me before
  • Maternity sessions for a first babe
  • Seniors
  • Kids who aren’t mobile yet OR older than 3
  • Kids who are easily able to stay up a little later
  • Kids who warm up easily to new people/places and enjoy being outdoors

Who is it NOT a good fit for?

  • Newborns
  • Families with multiple young children (under age 4)
  • Families interested in themed backdrops, props, wardrobe, and super posey shots

Can we bring our family pet?

Normally, I’d say ‘definitely!’ but our location, unfortunately, does not allow pets. If you want your family furball to be included, I recommend booking a full session at your home or another location that’s pet-friendly.

How do I book?

Booking will open on June 1st on a first-come, first serve basis and there are only 8 spots so mark your calendars to make sure you grab one if this is a good fit for your family! If you already get my 2x a month emails then you’re golden, but if not, make sure you sign up here and you’ll get ramped into the tribe.

Help – I’m nervous about investing in family photos.

I know. My whole jam is making this easy and approachable for you, though. I believe EVERYONE deserves to have family photos that remind them of their best selves, their laughter, and their bond because life is not open fields and pretty dresses every day.

Photos of joy transport us and when we surround our home with that, it resonates with our kids, our attitudes, and a spirit of gratefulness. I’ve yet to meet a family who regrets having photos made.

Where can I learn more about your style?

Check out these helpful links to give you some more momentum on what to expect and how to prepare.

How to feel confident for your family photos

Why it’s ok if your kids misbehave during our session

What to wear for your family photos (while keeping it simple)

I won’t ask your kids to smile

Interested in a home session or full length session with me? Maybe this season or weeknights don’t work for you?

Reach out and we can customize a family session that works for you!