Oahu Photographer Mini Sessions 2023

Oahu photographer mini session at Lanikai Beach by Alison Bell, Photographer

Oahu Photographer Mini Sessions

Oahu photographer mini sessions can be organized in so many different ways. Photographers on the island host them for a number of reasons:

  • Offer a more affordable photography experience with less shoot time
  • To maximize time by scheduling several families back to back
  • To increase bookings during slower seasons

For me, I like to host mini sessions in an effort to provide a high value and to maximize time! A fabulous sunset doesn’t last for long and mini sessions are the only way to photograph more than one family at a time.

30 Minute Mini Sessions – What to Expect

My standard family session is just 30 minutes long. Fast, fun, DONE, baby! And most nuclear families don’t even need THAT long, which makes Dad super happy! (Check out my pre photo pep talk for Dad)

I run my family mini sessions like a party. I focus on giving you something TO DO so you forget what’s going on. You’re feeling awkward wondering “what do I do with my HANDS?!”

Instead you and your crew are laughing and playing.

  1. You forget I’m there
  2. Dad forgets what’s going
  3. You both engage with your people
  4. Your photos are better for actually enjoying yourselves!

Family mini sessions start $190 and include wardrobe support, hand edited gallery and A GOOD TIME (aka a shot of tequila for emotional support). Buy only what you love at the gallery reveal roughly 3 weeks later.

Locations for 30 Family Mini Sessions

My favorite locations for Oahu Mini Sessions are:

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Have you thought about family photos while you’re in Hawai’i?

Its photo season year-round here in Hawaii and I want you to take advantage of it!

Take home the bright skies, warm air and blue water to relive it over and over because you’ll never experience this place with the kids these ages ever again.

This is your one shot. Take it!

As the ringleader of my own 4 boy circus, I know how hard getting family photos can be. I’m here to change that.

If I could dress your kids and literally hang your family photos on your walls, I would …but I can’t, so I do just about everything else in between. That’s why I take the time to hold your hand from start to finish.

Because what good are family photos if your kids never see them?

I only accept two families a week, so if you have dates, reach out to Alison Bell, Photographer now.

Mini sessions are 30 minute sessions

More time does not equal more value. More time never made anyone cry less, or have more fun! Whether your kids are grown and cooperative, or super young and uncooperative, its perfect for simple updated family photos, cake smash, maternity, high school seniors, milestones, or Christmas card shots!

Yes! 30 minutes is enough!

More time is not more value. My mission is to leave you asking, “That’s it?!”

Fast. Fun. Done.

Dad is going to be pleased and you’re going to be shocked I got so many happy faces so quickly!

DSC 7962 by Alison Bell, Photographer

Hi! I’m Alison, your chaos coordinator, toddler briber, and parent commiserator. Oh! And Oahu family photographer!

As the ringleader of my own 4-boy circus, I know how hard getting family photos can be.

I run my photo session like a party. I give you something TO DO so you don’t feel awkward wondering, “Where do I put my HANDS?!”

Dad is playing with the kids, everyone forgets what’s ACTUALLY happening, and you look amazing bc you’re actually enjoying yourself. #whoknewphotoscouldbefun

Fast. Fun. Done.


Oahu Photographer Mini Sessions at Kualoa Regional Park

Top Things to Do at Kualoa Regional Park

kualoa regional park family photos12 scaled by Alison Bell, Photographer
Kualoa Regional Park Oahu Hawaii family photos by Alison Bell, PHotographer
Oahu photographer mini session at Kualoa Regional Park by Alison Bell, Photographer

What you wear matters

What to wear for hawaii famil photo outfits

I tried to avoid it for years. But the fact is it matters. 

It may not make or break the anything, but planning out the details of undergarments, colors and movement will go a long way to a great experience and even better photos!

Get every tip, trick, and clothing idea I have from 12 years experience all in one place.

BEACH GUIDE graphic by Alison Bell, Photographer

Oahu Photographer Mini Sessions at Lanikai Beach

Read more about Lanikai here!

Lanikai is a top rate beach over and over again. Ever see photos with those islands in the back? They’re locally called the Twin Islands and that is Lanikai! There’s zero public parking, small beaches at high tide, and lots of canoe clubs. It can be tricky, but its worth it for Oahu photographer mini sessions.

Oahu photographer mini session at Lanikai Beach by Alison Bell, Photographer
Oahu photographer mini session at Lanikai Beach by Alison Bell, Photographer
Oahu photographer mini session at Lanikai Beach by Alison Bell, Photographer

Hawaii Family Photography

Just about any location on qualifies for Oahu photographer mini sessions as long as there’s not a crowd! One area that is off limits to mini sessions, photography and all commercial activity is on the Windward side (on the east) from Mokapu Lighthouse up to Waimanalo. Read more about the photography ban.

Oahu photographer mini session in hawaii by alison bell photographer
Oahu photographer mini session in hawaii by alison bell photographer

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I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus. They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!

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I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better!

I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus.

They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!

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