Fall Mini Portrait Sessions!

Hello friends and families! Happy end of summer!!! This is my favorite time of year and I am so anxious to get the Holiday season underway. Fall has been my very favorite season since I was a little girl. I looked forward to Thanksgiving at my Nana’s house and the smell of rain lingering in the crisp morning air. It is absolutely the best time of the year.

I have had an unreal year packed full of weddings and portraits sessions of all kinds and September and October have been especially busy. So, I am announcing my dates later than last year and my dates fall later than last year as well. If you missed my sessions last year, now is the time to jump on it. I already have a few of my past year families signed up ahead of time and I can’t wait to see you all again.

I want to encourage people in all different relationships to book a session. Do not let the fact that you are a single parent allow you to miss out on having portraits done with your little ones. Do not let the fact that you do not have children or are not married sway you from booking a session either. Last year, one of my unmarried couples came out for portraits and a few months later they were engaged! I’ll be photographing their wedding next year! Everyone deserves beautiful portraits of their loved ones and this is a really affordable, convenient way to do it. This is just a thought, but if I could go back in time, I’d make sure I would have gotten portraits of my Nana with my Mom done. These portraits aren’t just good for Christmas Cards. You will keep these images for a lifetime. Think outside the box!

Please continue to read below for details and tips on the the session and locations. 


My mini sessions are designed for families of 6 people or less and will last 20 minutes. The session fee is $200 with a $100 non-refundable deposit due upon reserving your session time slot. This will be a very condensed version of my full portrait session and you will receive 8 beautifully retouched digital high resolution images on a photo sharing gallery. You will have the option of buying prints and products as well as additional images from the session if you so choose.

The Brea Tree Farm is fantastic for families with little ones and families who want to include their dog in their portrait! This location booked up immediately last year and I had so many families I had to turn away for this spot, so if you are looking for a Christmas Tree session, do not delay.

I will be doing another blog post on session styling in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that if you need a little direction in that area.

I look forward to capturing some new faces and reuniting with some of my favorite families! Please note that November 12th is a Monday and a Holiday and November 16th is a Friday.

The dates and locations are as follows:

October 28th - Caspers Wilderness Park - San Juan Capistrano, CA *** BOOKED ***

November 3rd - Caspers Wilderness Park - San Juan Capistrano, CA *** 4 p.m. slot left ***

November 4th - Manhattan Beach, CA *** 4 p.m. slot left ***

November 11th - Tree Farm* - Brea, CA *** BOOKED ***

November 12th - Tree Farm* - Brea, CA *** 2 spots left ***

November 16th - Manhattan Beach, CA *** 4:30 p.m. slot left ***

November 18th - Manhattan Beach, CA *** BOOKED ***

Book your session by emailing me at kellymcdanielphoto@gmail.com

* Dogs are welcome at this location

Note: If these dates do not work with your schedule, I will continue to take full sessions and quick sessions until mid December. Quick sessions are offered Monday -Thursday only. Please email me for details.