Mini sessions are such a great way to capture the season of life you are in now! They are 25 minutes long and perfect for an updated family session, anniversary session, couple session, maternity session, or for fun photos with your precious fur baby.  You may be wondering how to have the best mini session ever, and I am here to help you with that! Here are a few of my favorite tips for making yours a successful and joyful experience.

ARRIVE EARLY

Plan on arriving to your mini session at least 10 minutes early!  Arriving early will ensure you have plenty of time to get out of the car, or to the location where we are shooting.  It also allows for a little buffer in case you are running behind on the day.  Mini sessions are booked back to back, so if you arrive late, you may eat into the 25 minutes we have planned to capture some fun memories.  If you think your kids might fall asleep on the way to the session, make sure to leave plenty of time for them to fully wake up before the session begins!

PREP YOUR KIDDOS

Prepare your kids as best as you can for photos!  I will have a few tricks up my sleeves, but I would recommend talking to them about getting their photo taken and getting them excited before the session.  When I am trying to prep my own kids for photos, I normally bring a favorite snack or new toy and let them know they can have it after they smile for the camera. :). Gummy bears work well for us, because they are small and the kids get a gummy bear for a smile!  You know your kids best, so if there is something that works well for your kiddos that you can share with me beforehand (like a favorite song or silly noise) that would be super helpful!

DRESS FOR COMFORT

Dress your family for the season!  If it is going to be a crisp fall day, consider dressing your family in layers!  Everyone is happiest when they feel cozy, so make sure to check the temperature when finalizing your outfit for the day.  A scarf or warm hat can look so cute and can make a big difference in comfort, especially for little ones!

RELAX + ENJOY

Your kids will feed off of your energy, so if you are relaxed and enjoying the session, most of the time they will as well!  Think of this as a fun activity for you and your family where we will have the opportunity to capture the play, laughter, and the joy of the season you are in now.  That is one of the things I love most about mini sessions!

I hope this helps!  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.  I am so looking forward to capturing beautiful photos of this sweet season you are in now!

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Sunset wedding photo at The Inn at Longshore wedding in Westport, Connecticut captured by best CT wedding photographer Amy Rizzuto Photography

The Inn at Longshore Wedding

Kimmi and Tim’s The Inn at Longshore wedding was truly such a wonderful day! This gorgeous winter wedding in Connecticut was filled with love, laughter, and the perfect pastel sunset. After an intimate first look by the water, Kimmi and Tim exchanged their vows before dancing the night away with their family and friends!

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Getting Ready for Charming Connecticut Wedding

Love and joy were in the air as Kimmi got ready for her The Inn at Longshore wedding! Surrounded by her mom, sister, and bridesmaids, Kimmi enjoyed a fun morning full of anticipation. I love the romantically modern details Kimmi and Tim chose for their wedding day! The gold and grey details were gorgeous and Kimmi’s cream and pink bouquet was overflowing with the prettiest petals! Kimmi’s mom and sister helped her into her beautiful Watters wedding gown before Kimmi shared a sweet first look with her dad!

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Bride’s First Look with Father

Kimmi’s first look with her dad was one of my favorite parts of the day! I love that her sister and mom were their for such a sweet moment. The room was filled with love and joy as the family came together to embrace Kimmi.

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Bride & Groom First Look Photos

Kimmi and Tim’s first look was beautiful and so emotional by the water. Tim’s entire face lit up when he saw Kimmi! The Inn at Longshore grounds were incredibly picturesque and the winter landscape was the perfect backdrop. I love this intimate time Kimmi and Tim got to have before their ceremony!

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After the sweetest first look, Kimmi and Tim joined hands and explored the gorgeous grounds of this Connecticut wedding venue. They found a beautiful forest spot surrounded by towering evergreen trees which made for lovely winter wedding photos. After capturing some wedding portraits, Kimmi and Tim joined their wedding part for group photos. I loved the mismatched grey, blue, and lavender bridesmaids gowns! Before their ceremony, Kimmi and Tim snuck away for one more quiet moment together.

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Sweet Ceremony at The Inn at Longshore

The Inn at Longshore ceremony space was so gorgeous! The room was bathed in warm light as the ceremony began, and by the time Kimmi and Tim said “I do”, the sunset was dancing through the huge picture window behind them. Kimmi’s mom and dad walked her down the aisle and Tim couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. This sweet couple shared heartfelt vows and the whole crowd broke out into cheers when they shared their first kiss as husband and wife!

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Sunset Wedding Portraits

The night portraits at sunset out by the water provided an intimate moment after the ceremony for the couple to be alone, and made for the most stunning photographs. The sky was painted beautifully with pinks, blues, and purples and Kimmi and Tim couldn’t stop smiling. The newlyweds shared some sweet moments before joining hands and returning to their The Inn at Longshore wedding.

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The Inn at Longshore Wedding Reception

Kimmi and Tim’s Inn at Longshore reception was filled with pretty lights, pink and white blooms, and special details. They took such care in finding elements that told their love story! For instance, Tim is obsessed with chicken parm and they had a whole chicken parm station at their cocktail hour!

After a first dance full of laughs and sweet moments, Kimmi surprised Tim with a groom’s cake topper featuring replicas of beer from their favorite neighborhood brewery! Tim was so excited and I loved seeing his reaction!

Kimmi and Tim’s guests celebrated the night away. Their friends and family had such a relaxed vibe and you could tell everyone was really having a good time!

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Thank You

Kimmi and Tim, thank you so much for choosing me as your The Inn at Longshore wedding photographer! I loved capturing every moment of your dreamy day and hope you look back on these memories with joy in your hearts for years to come!

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The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Reception Venue- The Inn at Longshore, Venue Coordinator- Adrienne Mongelli (The Inn at Longshore), Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist- Larissa Lake & Co, Invitations- Minted, Florist- Confetti, Wedding Dress- Watters, Bridesmaid Dresses- Various, Shoes- Badgley Mischka, Cake- Sweet Lisa’s Cakes, Band- Dream Team Band, First Dance Song- “May I Have This Dance” by Francis and the Lights

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Want to see more pretty images like Kimmi and Tim’s gorgeous The Inn at Longshore wedding photos?  Check out Erin and Devin’s picturesque Bay Head Yacht Club wedding and follow along on instagram and facebook!

Amy Rizzuto is a Connecticut wedding photographer

who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.

For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

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Joyful Ashford Estate Wedding

The sunny July skies were the perfect backdrop to Brianna and Phillip’s gorgeous Ashford Estate wedding! This sweet couple exchanged vows in a beautiful open air chapel and enjoyed their first minutes as a married couple exploring the picturesque gardens of the estate. The day was filled with tears of joy and so many memorable moments! I loved being a part of Brianna and Phillip’s wedding day and am so excited to share some of my favorite photos!

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Getting Ready Photos

Every detail of Brianna and Phillip’s wedding was so thoughtfully curated. The cream and blush flowers peeked out of cascading greenery designed by Twisted Willow Flowers. Brianna’s bridesmaids wore the loveliest floral dresses by Show Me Your Mumu and all exploded in joy when Brianna walked out onto the balcony in her wedding gown. Meanwhile, Phillip and his groomsmen toasted to the special day, all dashing in cobalt blue suits. After a morning full of anticipation, the couple made their way to the lovely gardens for their first look!

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Bride’s First Look With Father

Before joining Phillip for their wedding day first look, Brianna shared a special first look with her father. It was such a beautiful and emotional moment! Brianna and Phillip’s families were so happy for this wonderful couple!

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Sweetest First Look

Brianna and Phillip shared the sweetest wedding first look on the gorgeous tree lined path at the Ashford Estate. Neither of them could stop smiling as they soaked in their wedding day joy! I loved that Brianna and Phillip got this special time to themselves before their wedding ceremony!

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Ashford Estate Wedding Portraits

After their first look, Brianna and Phillip walked along the shady path together while I captured more wedding day portraits. They were soon joined by a very special furry friend: their cute dog Graham! Graham looked adorable with his greenery garland and was so good at posing for photos. Brianna and Phillip joined their bridal party for some fun group shots before making their way to their Ashford Estate wedding ceremony!

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Emotional Ashford Estate Wedding Ceremony

The Ashford Estate’s open air chapel was the perfect spot for this beautiful ceremony. Gorgeous floral chandeliers and garlands covered the room. Creamy white petals were scattered along the aisle leading to a rustic brick fireplace adorned with glowing candles, lanterns, and more dreamy flowers.
One of my favorite moments had to be when Brianna was getting ready to walk down the aisle. Phillip couldn’t help but wipe away many tears at the anticipation of seeing his beautiful bride. As soon as the music started playing for Brianna’s walk with her father, Phillip and his sisters started crying tears of joy. Almost all of the guests were wiping tears as Brianna joined Phillip. It was such a beautifully emotional moment followed by a heartfelt ceremony.

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After the ceremony, Brianna and Phillip gathered all of their friends and family to capture a fun group photo! It was such a joy to see all of their loved ones in one photo. As their guests headed to a fun summer indoor/outdoor cocktail hour, Brianna and Phillip snuck away for some more Ashford Estate wedding photos. I love they both traded in their formal footwear for more comfortable kicks before making their way to the dance floor!

 

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Fun-Filled Ashford Estate Wedding Reception

Brianna and Phillip’s Ashford Estate wedding reception was absolutely stunning! The soaring ceilings and flowing white linens made the room so light and airy. More incredible florals covered the tables and even adorned the wedding cake! Brianna and Phillip entered the room to excited cheers and shared the sweetest first dance. Phillip’s dance with his two sisters and Brianna’s dance with her father were both filled with emotion, happy tears, and a deep rooted joy. In the midst of the celebrations, Brianna and Phillip snuck away to enjoy the soft blues of the dusk sky. They shared a kiss before joining hands and returning to their celebration to dance the night away with their family and friends!

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Thank You

Brianna and Phillip, thank you so much for choosing me to capture your Ashford Estate wedding! I loved every moment of your sweet and emotional day and hope these photos serve as beautiful memories for years to come!

I felt especially blessed to be Brianna and Phillip’s wedding photographer because Phillip’s sister Jess is an amazingly talented wedding photographer herself! Jess is a wonderful friend  and she and her husband were both in the bridal party while their sweet son Pax served as Brianna and Phillip’s ring bearer!  Congratulations again Brianna and Phillip. I  am so happy fo you!

 

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Reception Venue- Ashford Estate, Venue Coordinator- Laura McCann (Merri Makers Catering), Hair Stylist- Hot Mess Studio, Invitations- Minted, Florist- Twisted Willow, Wedding Dress- Sareh Nouri, Bridesmaid Dresses- Show Me Your Mumu, Shoes- Badgley Mischka, Jewelry – Sorelli, Videographer- JLM Videos, Cake- The Bake Works, Band- Tim Williams Band, First Dance Song- “Tus Pies” by Nakho and Medicine for the People

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Want to see more pretty images like Brianna and Phillip’s gorgeous Ashford Estate wedding photos?  Check out Taylor and Manny’s lovely Park Chateau wedding and follow along on instagram and facebook!

Amy Rizzuto is an NJ wedding photographer

who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.

For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

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Private estate Hamptons wedding

Happily Ever After in The Hamptons

Bright sunshine, ocean breezes, and gorgeous gardens made for the perfect wedding day for Sarah and Jonathan! This sweet couple tied the knot at Sarah’s great grandfather’s iconic estate nestled in beautiful Southhampton. They were excited to be the first ones married on the property, affectionately named “Kinnsport” by Sarah’s great grandfather Harry Kinn. This joyous celebration was filled with family, friends, and so many sweet moments!

Getting Ready for Beautiful Hamptons Wedding

Sarah was all smiles on the morning of her beautiful Hamptons estate wedding! I loved seeing Sarah and her bridesmaids share laughter and excitement as they got ready together. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in blue: each bridesmaid picked a navy gown that she loved to show off her personality! Sarah’s experience in catering and floral design helped her plan every beautiful detail of the day! Sarah worked very closely on the floral designs with Showplace Floral & Event Design. Each bloom brought her incredible vision to life!

After slipping into her stunning Michelle Roth wedding dress, Sarah shared the sweetest first look with her father. Down the road, Jonathan joined his groomsmen for a toast before making his way to the beach to see his beautiful bride for the first time!

First Look on the Beach

Sarah and Jonathan had a beautiful first look at Coopers Beach. I loved having the chance to capture such an intimate moment. The two couldn’t stop smiling and Jonathan was in absolute awe of how beautiful Sarah was. They shared kisses and laughs as they basked in the Southhampton sun on this gorgeous September wedding day.

Hamptons Wedding Portraits on the Beach

After sharing the sweetest first look, Sarah and Jonathan joined hands and soaked in their wedding day excitement together. They posed for the most gorgeous Hamptons beach wedding photos! It was such a joy to capture these special moments that Sarah and Jonathan will look back on for years to come! Sarah and Jonathan also captured the most adorable wedding photos with their dog, Charlie! Charlie served as their “ring bear” and he was the cuddliest little pup! They were soon joined by their bridal party and families for group photos and everyone was buzzing with the excitement of the day. Finally, Sarah and Jonathan shared a few more moments alone on the beach before making their way to their wedding ceremony!

Private Estate Wedding Ceremony

The path leading to Sarah and Jonathan’s Hamptons wedding ceremony was filled with photos of the couple and their families. It was so special to see these legacies of love that led to Sarah and Jonathan joining their families together. Garden-inspired florals covered the arch overlooking the water as guests gathered. As Sarah made her way down the aisle with her father, Jonathan placed his hand on his heart in complete adoration of his beautiful bride. The ceremony was filled with so much love and the sweetest vows. As Sarah and Jonathan shared their first kiss as husband and wife, their friends and family broke out into joyous celebration!

Gorgeous Hamptons Wedding Reception

Every detail of Sarah and Jonathan’s private Hamptons estate wedding was so gorgeous! From the stunning florals to the thoughtful touches, their friends and family truly felt welcome at this iconic Southhampton estate. This beautiful home has been in Sarah’s family for four generations and this was the first wedding on the property! As Sarah shared, “We know my grandparents and great-grandparents would have been SO happy that a family wedding was taking place at Kinnsport. They loved a good party!”

 

Sunset Wedding Photos

Before joining their friends and family at their romantic reception, Sarah and Jonathan took some time alone to capture the prettiest sunset wedding photos. It was so special for the two to have time together to soak in their newlywed bliss! Neither Sarah nor Jonathan could stop smiling, they were so excited to finally be husband and wife!

Outdoor Wedding Reception at Private Hamptons Estate

Sarah and Jonathan danced the night away in an open air tent while the sun set behind them. Their family and friends joined in the celebrations and everyone had such a great time! The two snuck away for a couple backlit wedding portraits surrounded by twinkling lights and dark twilight skies. When they rejoined their guests, everyone shared in the a fun tradition from Jonathan’s hometown! The Pittsburgh cookie table is a cherished experience. Family and friends prepare homemade cookies to be served at the wedding. Each cookie is truly made with love and this was the perfect end to such an amazing day!  Thank you again Sarah and Jonathan for including me in your beautiful wedding celebration.  It was such a joy to be a part of it!

 

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Reception Venue- Private Estate in Southhampton, Day of Coordinator- Meredith Ciliberto (Showplace Floral & Event Design), Hair Stylist- Angela Calisti (Beauty Social Salon), Make-up Artist- Eva Notis-Moshouris, Invitations- Bella Figura Brooklyn, Florist- Showplace Floral & Event Design, Wedding Dress- Michelle Roth (Kleinfeld), Bridesmaid Dresses- various, Shoes- Badgley Mischka, Videographer- Joyce Films, Cake- JLB Patisserie, Band- Silver Arrow Band, First Dance Song- “La Vie En Rose” – Louis Armstrong inspired version

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Want to see more pretty images like Sarah and Jonathan’s gorgeous private estate Hamptons wedding photos?  Check out Pamela and Brandon’s private estate wedding in Greenwich and follow along on instagram and facebook!

 

Amy Rizzuto is an NYC wedding photographer

who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.

For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

 

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