2018 Christmas Mini Session Information


Can you believe it’s already that time!  Once again, this year flew by.  Here is the information on my 5th annual donation based Christmas Mini sessions.   If you are a past client, you know where the money from this goes.  If not, here is a short run down : Every year, I donate my time (lots and lots and lots of it!) and purchase all of the props to make this happen. Every year we are able to sponsor more and more foster children. It’s wonderful!  What does “Sponsoring foster children at Christmas time” mean?  It means I contact KVC and request X number of children; last year we had 15. (Teenagers need the most sponsors.)  They will then send me the first name, gender, age and a complete Christmas list  that comes directly from the child.  I (we) then become their sponsors.


Here is what you need to do if you are interested in a spot.  Please start by reading this entire post, following these directions and… I have to say it, Please do not book a time unless you plan on showing up.  I don’t take retainers for these session so these are booked on good faith from you!  (I do understand things happen!)

  1. Email me  (info@photographybyjess.com) with your top 3 times if you want a session. The times are listed below and will be updated with your initials as they fill.
  2. Put it in your calendar
  3. Bring your kids dressed and ready to go.  If you want to bring a present for them to open, Gold or hunter green wrapping paper will be best. (or a bag if you have little ones)
  4. The money will be collected at the session. CASH ONLY PLEASE!  The recommended minimum donation is $70.
  5. Wait a few days (maybe a week) for me to edit the photos and return them to you.
  6. Follow me on FB or Instagram to stay updated on how many foster children we were able to sponsor.  The shopping that happens, the sorting, and the best part, the delivery of all gifts purchased.
  7.  Wait, and do it all over again next year!

Want to know why I do this every year?  Just ask!

Here is a sneak peek of what the setup will look like.

Farm House Christmas

I plan on adding some more items (A white fire place in the middle) but this gives you a good idea!


Available times are as follows: Times in black are open!

8am:AO          9am- MB     10am-KB     11am-SA       12pm-LS          1pm: N/A       2pm-KM     3pm-KR   4pm-MR    5pm-BJ

8:10:KH          9:10-NN       10:10-AB     11:10- LT       12:10-KK        1:10: N/A       2:10-JP       3:10-KS    4:10-LH      5:10-KC

8:20: SR          9:20-BF       10:20-HG    11:20-KR     12:20-JH          1:20:N/A       2:20-KB      3:20-HB    4:20-AR     5:20-LF

8:30- JR          9:30-JR       10:30-JJ      11:30-MA    12:30- JH         1:30-EW         2:30-MJ      3:30-VG     4:30-LB    5:30-JWM

8:40-LC           9:40-LS       10:40-EP     11:40-BS      12:40: N/A      1:40-MB         2:40-TP       3:40-MW    4:40-LB 

8:50-AK           9:50-NR      10:50-LK    11:50-EK      12:50: N/A       1:50-KB          2:50-AH       3:50-JC     4:50-AH


I know you’re asking yourself these questions….

Will 10 minutes be enough time?   Yes.

What if my kid is crying?   well, you get to send out adorable crying Christmas cards. 🙂  (No re-shoots.)  (Still only 10 minutes) 

Can parents be added in?   If you wish!

What if i’m late?  I don’t recommend it. but I don’t recommend being super early either.  Please try to arrive as close to your time as you can.  This helps the process go much smoother.

What if I want to book more than one time?  Please consider doubling your donation. 

Will you have more days available? No.  I have 4 kids. I like them. (I like you too!) but,  they call me Mom. 🙂 

What do we wear?  Any Solid colors will be good! I would stay away from black. Red, Silver, Gold, Green, White will all be pretty! 

How will I know where to go? A week before the sessions I will send out reminders along with this blog post again, and my address.  For those that haven’t been here, my studio is in my home 🙂

I think that’s all for now!  Thank you so much for reading, and considering these Christmas mini sessions. I know you have lots of options!!

Love, Jessica

PS: By booking a time you promise to have read all of this super long annoying post, and agree to everything stated.  Here is my email address again just in case :  info@photographybyjess.com