Family Mini Portraits in Maui

I have a love/hate relationship with mini sessions or my “Short Story” sessions as I love to call them. As a mother I love them but as a photographer I don’t like them. I feel like I am throwing prompts out quickly and it goes by like BAM, BAM, BAM. I sometimes feel like I don’t have enough time to let the littles warm up to me. But like I said, as a mother I love them because it can sometimes feel chaotic trying to manage all the kids- I have 4 between the ages of 6 and 2.

As a photographer, I embrace the chaos like a warm hug and I believe that stage of life is beautiful and deserves to be photographed too.

What I usually do for littles is let them take charge and keep them moving. Let them play games with mom and dad. Or ask where they want to take photos. I gently tell moms and dads to just smile through it no matter what is happening.


Here is a Short Story session where the little girl was giving me the cheekiest little smiles. How cute is this family!?


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I’m Kelly, the one behind Kelly Petrovski Photography. I’m an Orange County family photographer based in San Juan Capistrano and I specialize in family, maternity, newborn photography. I have a beautiful purpose built studio at my home in San Juan Capistrano, California. It’s the ideal space to create my natural, timeless newborn and baby portraits and is very easy to reach from San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Newport Beach and San Juan Capistrano.

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