Northern Virginia Photography Mini Sessions

Building Memories with Loved Ones in a Fraction of the Time



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Capture your most treasured memories with beautiful photos in a fraction of the time! I get it—life can get busy. Mini sessions are typically held throughout the year at a discounted rate with a shorter session time. These convenient photography mini-sessions are perfect for anyone who wants high-quality photography without committing to a full session. 

“The most treasured gifts are
the wonderful moments we create
with the people we love.
They become priceless memories
 decorating our lives.” — Dodinsky

“The most treasured gifts are the wonderful moments we create with the people we love. They become priceless memories decorating our lives.” — Dodinsky

Whether it’s a fun outdoor family portrait or a romantic moment between couples, I strive to create an experience that will result in beautiful and timeless photos. Even with these shorter sessions, you can be sure that your photos will not only be of the highest quality, but also capture the most meaningful moments in your life.

Are Mini-Sessions Right For You?

While I strive to make mini-session events accessible to a variety of needs, they simply aren’t the right fit for everyone. Unlike longer photography sessions where you have my undivided attention for a full hour, minis strive to capture memories for more people in a limited amount of time. Multiple 15-20-minute back-to-back sessions are scheduled for each event. To ensure that each person has the best possible experience, it is important to stick to your reserved time slot. 

So, if you have a large family, your kiddo typically needs more time to open up to the camera or is a ball of energy and wiggles, it can be difficult to get perfect pictures with a short photo session. In these situations, a mini-session likely won’t give you the timeless photos you’re looking for. Instead, a longer session will give us a chance to get to know each other and get comfortable in front of the camera, ultimately leading to more genuine emotion and quality photos.

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You’ve come at just the right time! These photography mini sessions are only offered a few times a year and are in high demand, so they fill up quickly. Choose a time below to reserve your photography session before it’s gone!

Please note: I cannot accept walk-ins during mini-session events. All sessions must have a reservation.





Mini Session

Mini photography sessions offer the same timeless photography as a full session without the commitment of a longer session time. In just 15-20 minutes, I’ll create photos that highlight the love and genuine connection you share. These sessions are an ideal option for anyone wanting to update their photos, send out holiday cards or announcements, update a headshot, are short on time, or someone who wants in the photo but doesn’t like to sit for long!

You can rest assured that just because we are shortening our time together, it certainly doesn’t mean that these photos are any less significant to me. True to my perfectionist's heart, you’ll enjoy the same exceptional high-quality images and attention to detail that you know and love from our longer sessions together!

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What to Expect

My goal with mini-sessions is to get you in and out while still providing an enjoyable experience. I'll send you a questionnaire to help me understand your vision and a style guide to help you dress to impress. I’ll guide you through posing to get the most out of our short time together. Let's make magical memories you'll treasure forever!


Your Step by Step


Reserve a session time above if there are upcoming photography mini-session events scheduled.

If there are no mini-sessions listed, I encourage you to sign up for the newsletter, so you can learn about openings as soon as they become available.


Once you select your mini-session time slot, we can make it official! I will send you a contract to review and an invoice for your initial deposit.

Book Your Session

It's time to get ready! Picture day is your time to shine, so pretend you’re going in for a magazine cover photoshoot and live it up! I’ll give you everything you need to prepare, including:

  • A detailed style guide to help you choose outfits and colors that complement my light and airy elevated photography style, complete with a helpful checklist to help you stay organized.

  • Hair and makeup recommendations, upon request.

  • A detailed questionnaire to learn about your goals, likes, and dislikes.

  • An optional planning consultation call to discuss the details, get to know each other, clear up any last-minute questions, and provide additional 1:1 outfit guidance.

  • Open lines of communication throughout the whole process.




It is important to arrive on time and ready to get started. Multiple photoshoots are booked for these events, and in order to give each session my undivided attention, it is essential that everyone sticks to their time slot. Don’t worry, though, the truncated time schedule doesn’t mean that we will be skimping on the experience!



Picture Day!

Time to make your vision a reality. I'll guide you through poses & photo combinations. Don't worry if you're shy or nervous; I'm here to help and make it fun! I'll get there early to set up, and you let me know when you arrive. We'll begin with the full family, then go through different photo combinations, starting with your most important down, capturing your priority photos first.

Editing magic begins. Editing is my favorite part of the session, and I often have to break out the tissues. I carefully hand-edit each photo, so you’ll receive only the best, highest quality images, free from distracting imperfections. You can anticipate a sneak peek shortly after your session and your fully-edited, private digital gallery within 15 days. You will have the option to purchase prints and products straight from your gallery.



Picture Reveal



We did a spring time mini session and even though it was a cloudy day, she edited the pictures so beautifully, you wouldn't even know the weather wasn't great. We're very glad we chose Heidi Fam photography and plan to use her again for future pictures.



Mini Photography
Session | Event Specific


  • 15-20-Minute Session Time

  • A Selection of Fully-Edited, High-Resolution Digital Images

  • Access to a Private Online Gallery

  • Digital Download & Print Release

  • Exclusive Style Guide

  • Exclusive Location Guide

  • Discount on Print & Photo Products

*Mini sessions include up to 5 family members. Additional family members may not be added. Please schedule a full family session.

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Mini sessions include an event-specific number of fully-edited, high-resolution digital images. However, you can request additional photos if the included amount isn’t enough. Please message me directly for pricing.

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Create a personalized, one-of-a-kind photo album as a special present or memento, safeguarding your most treasured memories forever.

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Purchase a variety of professionally created products from the shop now section of your private gallery! Choose from high-quality printed photos, frames, canvases, cards for special occasions or holidays, and more.

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I was so happy with our mini photoshoot.

Heidi is amazing to work with. She is calm, patient, thoughtful, and an incredible photographer! The pictures are stunning! I can’t wait for her to take more pictures of my family for many years to come!


“Heidi Fam Photography exceeded my expectations.

Heidi went above and beyond, just like her pictures. Her pictures are on another level of perfection. Beautiful! I will be taking our family pictures with her for now on. I highly recommend Heidi not just for her excellent customer service, but also because our pictures are gorgeous!"

Wixted Family

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“Heidi is an amazing photographer!

It is no easy feat to get three little kids and an infant to cooperate but somehow Heidi managed to make us all look our best. She really wanted to make sure we loved our photos and took a lot of time before and after the shoot to understand what we wanted for lighting, poses etc. the photos that she took are absolute treasures."

Barker Family

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“I would give Heidi more than 5 stars if I could!

Her photos are truly magic...romantic, classic, bright, airy, whimsical, clean, fresh, timeless...I could go on. She captured our relationship with her camera perfectly and you can tell she spent the time to carefully choose the best photos while paying attention to special details. We can't thank her enough for being so kind, warm, professional, down to earth, and truly gifted at what she does."

Emily & Sean

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much is a mini portrait session? 

A: Each mini-session event is a special and unique experience, so the cost and what is included will be decided during the planning phase. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear about any upcoming events and will have a chance to secure their spots before I announce any remaining openings here on the website, along with pricing and inclusion details.

Q: Will I choose my photos? 

A: The goal for these photography mini-sessions is to offer the same great high-quality photos with a shorter session time. So, as with any other session, I’ll hand-pick and professionally edit the best photos, so you never have to choose your favorites. 

Q: How many people can I have in the photos?

A: Up to 5 people.

Q: Where are mini-sessions held?

A: Each photography mini-session event is held at a predetermined location. If there are open sessions, please refer to the schedule for more details. If there are no open sessions, please watch your inbox for upcoming event details.

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