Summer Specials vs Mini Sessions

Some of you may be wondering – Why Summer Specials, why not Mini Session?

Well, if you know me, then you probably know that I don’t like offering mini sessions. They’re great in theory! I love the length of the session (half an hour vs. an hour), and for my clients, it’s the only time that I offer the sale of digital files independently without their printed version. But they’ve always caused me so much stress. From finding a location, to scheduling and working around the rain and the lighting. But the biggest issue – coming up with a set-up. Oh, the set-up, my nemesis.

My style of photography is very clean and simple and having a set-up for my mini sessions to emphasize a theme broke my heart. Every. Single. Time. I went into the sessions stressed to the max and it may be unprofessional  to say this, but I think it showed in my work. (Except for my Halloween Mini Session, I truly do love those and they’re not going anywhere!)

I always felt the minis were lacking the personal touch of a full session. There wasn’t the usual pre-consultation before the session or in-person viewing session afterwards, and the sessions themselves were assembly line. Stand here. Do this. Smile. Next! And that is so not me and not the customer service I want to offer my clients.

So, then why did I do it? I always felt the pressure to offer mini sessions because, well, everyone else is doing it and my clients love it! A short little session at a good price point and the option to purchase digital files. All you could ever want, right?

Wrong! What about a 30 minute session that’s all about YOU. No more stress about what happens if your kids don’t co-operate, knowing you only have 30 minutes and there is someone scheduled right after you (and probably already waiting for you to finish).  YOU choose the time and – wait for it – THE DAY that works best for YOU. YOU choose the location. YOU choose the package that’s best for you. YOU receive a pre-consulation beforehand to go over outfits and location options and an in person viewing session (or video call view session during covid) to help you narrow down the images that want. And while I still strongly believe in printing your photographs, I know that everyone still wants digital files so I’m offering digital files in the packages.

I hope you’re as excited about these changes as I am! So, without further ado, here they are!

$99
Pre-Consulation (By Phone or Email)
30 Minute Portrait Session
In Person (Video Call) Viewing Session
20% Discount on Prints & Products

 

 


$249
Pre-Consulation (By Phone or Email)
30 Minute Portrait Session
In Person (Video Call) Viewing Session
(2) 8×10 Mounted Prints + Digital Files
(3) 5×7 Mounted Prints + Digital Files
(Regular Price of Prints – $155)
5 Additional Digital Files

 

$499
Pre-Consulation (By Phone or Email)
30 Minute Portrait Session
In Person (Video Call) Viewing Session
(4) 5×7 Mounted Prints + Digital Files
(2) 11×14 Mounted Prints + Digital Files
(1) 20×30 Mounted Print + Digital File
(Regular Price of Prints – $495)
23 Additional Digital Files

I will be booking sessions for the Summer Specials until September 15th.

Get in touch with me by email (liz.czinege@gmail.com) or call/text (905-931-4893)

 

 

 

Nathan | Niagara Child Photographer


I’m a little delayed on this blog post, but Nathan’s session was my first time behind the camera Post-Covid! He’s part of my First Year Baby Plan and due to this crazy world, we were a little late on his 9 month session, but better late than never! I’m so thankful we finally got it do it.

This little stinker was trying VERY hard not to smile and was making all the funny faces. I walked away from this session thinking that I hadn’t gotten one real smile and it had me super stressed, even though I know Mama is so laid back.  Typically during a session even if a child is a little cranky I still walk away from the session knowing I got a few good smiles, which is always a surprise to Mom and Dad when they view the gallery! But with Nathan’s session I dreaded even importing them onto my computer. I was so surprised when I saw the image below, so perfect!!

Sometimes you just have to let go of the expectations to have that “perfect” shot and have some fun!  I love posed family portraits, but I also adore these family portraits. I like to think of them as gently posed! 

 

Hunter | Niagara Child Photographer

This was so not my usual session. I haven’t seen Hunter in far too long (I was way overdue for a visit before all of this Covid stuff happened – worst Aunt award right here). Sometimes photographing kids that are close to you is much more difficult than photographing kids you’ve just met. When I met Hunter and his Mom at the beach he was super excited to see me, but I could tell he was a little off. And if there is one thing I’ve learnt about children, it’s that sometimes you need to let go of your expectations and just go with the flow! I still got some great photographs (much to the surprise of his mom!) and I had a lot of fun hanging out with my nephew!

About 3 minutes into the session he soaked his shorts and THAT’S when I let go of expectations and let him be free! First rule you learn as a photographer – NEVER EVER have your subject look directly into the sun. BUT HOW CUTE IS THIS PHOTOGRAPH! I had to share even though it’s technically all wrong.  He came up with every excuse not to leave the beach. “I don’t want to get hit by a car.” “I’m going to get a tick.” This kid is so smart! Very happy he gave in though, I love these portraits!   Who doesn’t love magic?!  If your kids are barefoot at the session, you can almost guarantee you’ll get one of these in your gallery! 

Sorry for over sharing. I’m so excited to be back behind the camera! If you made it to the end of this post – THANK YOU!

Eliza | Niagara Child Photographer

Hey y’all.
Warning! Proud (and 100% biased) Auntie moment coming up!
Isn’t my niece beautiful?!

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a rough year so far and I think everyone is feeling the same way! It’s been hard not being able to see my family and friends, but it’s also been torture not being able to do what I love. I photographed my niece last weekend (for what should have been my Spring Mini Sessions) and it felt INCREDIBLE to have my camera in my hand again. I can’t wait until all of this is over and I can get behind the camera again full time and capture all of your beautiful faces!
Stop growing up so fast. *Insert cry face emoji here*
The best part about my niece getting older – I can ask her to photograph me in return! Impromptu portraits = covid hair and scrunchy nose!

Caleb | Niagara Newborn Photographer


I can’t wait to deliver Caleb’s portraits to his Mom. They’re all packaged up and ready to go! I drove from Grimsby to Port Colborne is a snow storm for his session, and it was so worth it. He was a little sweetie during his session! 
The little details are a must at every session. Parents can’t get enough! Caleb is definitely going to grow up a cowboy!  Mom requested that we use this saddle, obviously I couldn’t say no. (Don’t worry, he was being held the entire time!)

Eve | Niagara Child Photographer

Eve celebrated her first birthday with portraits! She has the sweetest little face, so adorable!  Eve is definitely a one year old! She was super active during her session and didn’t want anything to do with the camera – but you would never know!  Anyone else in love with her eyes?!  Eve wasn’t too sure about her cake! 

Slipak’s | Niagara Family Photographer

I thought we could use a little bit of fall with this dreary weather we’ve been having! I photographed this beautiful family a couple weeks ago at the Quarry. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful spot close to home.  This little miss stole the show!  C’mon! How adorable is that face?! 

Kylie & Jon | Niagara Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited to share the images from Kylie and Jon’s wedding day! It was so hard to narrow down my favourites, but here they are!  We left a very sunny Port Colborne and drove into a massive storm in Pelham. There was SO. MUCH. RAIN! But Kylie and Jon didn’t let it get them down. They were troopers, they insisted on still capturing their portraits outside. By the time we came back inside Kylie was leaving a trail of water behind her because her dress was so drenched! But they had smiles on the whole day, and of course, we had a ton of laughs! Thank you so much for choosing me to be a part of your day. It means the world to me! 

8th Annual Costume Contest

Happy Halloween from Liz Czinege Photography! I hope everyone got enough candy to weigh them down in that storm that ripped through on Thursday!

This year I decided to do something a little different with the costume contest. Instead of the public voting for their favourite costume, I compiled a panel of 4 judges ranging in age and gender. Each judge was asked to select their first, second and third choices. The first choice had a 3 point value, second had a 2 point value and third had a 1 point value.

And, the winner was …..

Cruz as Trump

 I am SO happy that I didn’t have to choose the winner of the contest, because there is no way I could have decided! Here are the rest of the adorable kiddos in their costumes, in no particular order!

The Korten’s | Niagara Family Photographer

This family is the cutest! Coming into the session, Mama was concerned that Jensen wouldn’t co-operate. But I think we got some great portraits!  Demi is so bright-eyed!  A little Mama and Demi one on one time while her big brother was running around hog-wild.  I seriously love this natural shot, I think it sums up this family pretty well!