Summers are filled with mini sessions and there are a few things you can keep an eye on out for to make sure your mini session is as successful as possible.
MISTAKE #1 Not PLANNING FOR THE TIME ALLOTED
People sometimes want to cram as many outfit changes and photo combinations as possible during their shoot to maximize their value from the session. Unfortunately, mini sessions are not best geared for that. Mini session generally last anytwhere from 10min to 30min.
MISTAKE #2 Not verifying the contents of the set
Make sure to ask your photographer if the set displayed in sample images is the actual set being used. Themed mini session require some level of planning ahead of time. Photographers will sometimes use their images from the previous years to promote their upcoming session even though the set or location may be different in the current year. The set is sometimes modified or even completely changed. (or even worse, sometimes the sample images of the sets are not even their own) It's not to say that the content of the set doesn't matter, but what you really need to know is the colour scheme of the set. Which brings us to the next point.
Mistake #3 POOR OR no Outfit coordinating
Making sure your outfits go with the set being used will go a long way to make sure you have great images. Although mini sessions won't include the same level of correspondence and planning as a regular session, the photographer will most likely recommend colour palettes to work with. You may also want to to take a few minutes to look through the photographer's website and check to see if they have a good eye for colour coordinating.
MISTAKE #4 CHOOSING QUANTITY OVER QUALITY
A mini session is exactly what it implies...mini. In 20 years from now when you're looking back at your images from the last two decades, it likely won't matter if you have 30 or even 50 images from a single mini session. 3-4 really good photos will have more impact than 40 average photos. Focusing on getting just a handful of great images should be the focus of the session.
MISTAKE #5 SHOWING UP TOO EARLY
Showing up early may seem like a good idea at first but depending on the child, they may grow anxious to get onto the set. This is usually age dependent and for some kids, their patience may be outdone before the session even starts. 5-10 minutes before a session is adequate time. 30 minutes before may be a result for disaster. Although some ages are more challenging than others, it really just comes down to individual personalities of each child.