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4 facts about your mini brand session

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what is a mini brand session?

Houston brand photographer

I just wanted to shine a spotlight on the first brand collection that I offer: the mini brand session. This option is a perfect fit for those looking for a small handful of images to either promote a seasonal product, highlight custom work, or have a small number of products documented. For this blog post in particular, I’m showing you all of the images from a recent mini brand session with Little Carabao Studio. La Rue of Little Carabao Studio had two real clients with beautiful invitation suites, so she utilized my mail-in option and shipped me the invitation suites to be photographed for her portfolio.

Below are 4 things you need to know about mini brand sessions:

1) Mini brand sessions take place at my home studio office

Most mini sessions don’t last more than 30-60 minutes, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for me to pack up all of my gear, load up my car, drive an hour to a downtown studio, shoot for 30 minutes, pack and load everything back up, head home, and unload my car. For this reason, I shoot all mini brand sessions at my home studio office. If you’re hellbent on having a mini session in Paris, France (hey… really, though. sign me up) or elsewhere, then I would just tack on travel fees to your mini session collection.

2) You can be present for the shoot, or you can mail me your products

if you a) want to be in any of the photos for your mini brand session, or

b) just want to see how I work, keep me company, and eat a cheeseboard & drink wine with me,

you are absolutely welcome to come along to your mini brand session. Alternatively, if you’re not local to the Houston, Texas area, you can mail in your products for me to style and photograph. Regardless of whether you’re able to attend or not, you will still be actively involved in the aesthetic decisions of your mini brand shoot (bringing us to #3!)

3) We will collaborate on all of the design elements that play a part in your shoot

I’m going to give you a prime example of how La Rue and I worked together on these images. La Rue utilized the mail-in option for her mini brand shoot, so she was not present during shooting. Along with her invitation suites, she mailed in ribbon, ring boxes, and stamps because she wanted those to play a part in her images. We also had a little discussion about what color she wanted the background to be (white or grey). So I utilized a textured, light grey (nearly white) background based on her preference and my knowledge of how a textured background would photograph on film. Teamwork. High fives all around!

4) You receive about 20 final, high resolution images from a mini brand session

Since I shoot film, I budget each and every frame for a particular shot. I always recommend keeping the shot list limited (5-7 ideas/ shots/ set ups) so we’re sure to get variety within that one vignette. It ends up being about 20 images total. As you can see in La Rue’s images, we ended up with 18 images of the 2 invite suites, but we captured variety within each suite.

I hope everything here made sense! Please let me know if you have any questions whatsoever. If you feel like you are in need of a mini brand session, please feel free to reach out via the CONTACT tab. Or that link, which is conveniently placed for you. Whatever you want, it’s your life. Happy weekend!

Brand photographer: Christine Gosch | Wedding invites, paper goods, and stationery: Little Carabao Studio

best of 2018

Christine Gosch -brand photographer

best of 2018

film brand photographer

2018 was so amazing. It was my first full year offering brand photography for businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives. To get a general idea of how each session goes, you can click here. As much as I’d love to say I could write up an instructional guide regarding exactly how your brand session will go, I can’t. Because EACH ONE WAS SO DIFFERENT and unique to the person or business I was shooting for. I love that!

I thought I’d take this opportunity to address some goals I have for my brand photography business this year, because I learned so much in 2018.

1) Market my mail-in option.

This one, I’m excited about. I’ve actually already got a couple of these lined up for January and February and I’m so excited. It’s exactly what it sounds like: if your business offers physical goods/ products, you mail me what you’d like photographed and I shoot it in my home office studio. Then I mail back your products. Bada bing bada boom.

2) Book more destination brand sessions.

I’ve got two lined up in a couple of weeks and it’s the best of both worlds for me: photography and traveling. If you’re not located within the Houston area, I would love to travel to you for your brand session!

3) New pricing structure.

This past year, I offered very introductory level pricing with the intentions of building up my portfolio and navigating the waters of this venture. Now that I have a clearer vision of what brand sessions entail and what I need to do to operate a successful business, I’ll be offering more fair prices. Any inquiry from here on out will be new pricing.

4) Work with a restaurant.

Ok, I just love food. Period. End of story. Eating it, cooking it, photographing it- you name it. I’m going to reach out to local restaurants in need of fresh content for marketing & see what happens. I’ll keep ya posted!

Below are some of my favorite images from brand sessions in 2018. Travels took me to Salt Lake City and New Braunfels,Texas, with the rest of my work keeping me in beautiful Houston. I worked with the most amazing individuals and businesses, and I am already so stoked for projects planned and unplanned in 2019. Happy new Year, all! Thanks for the support and love as I continue doing what I love.