School Mini Sessions

The first day of a new school year is always a special moment: I am sure we all have a photo or two tucked away from when we were young. I certainly do and I am always stunned by how young I look, and yet how grown up I remember feeling at the time in my brand new uniform, ‘finally’ heading off to ‘big school’.

Most schools offer printed photo packs each year, but how often have you waited for weeks to see these and then been disappointed to find your child’s hair in a mess, a strange semblance of a forced smile on their faces or the residue of linch smeared down their blazer! I know a lot of parents feel pressure to buy these photos regardless, especially as presents for grandparents.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

If you book a School Mini Session with me, you and I will make sure that your child looks their absolute best.


It is wonderful to compare years of school photos and to see how your child has developed physically over that time, but one of the three images included in your mini session additionally records your child’s interests and aspirations (as shown above). They will adore looking back at them from year to year, and one day even sharing them with their own children.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are some of the things the children themselves had to say…

‘I felt so proud when I saw my photo! I love having my favourite books there too.’ (aged 9)

‘Lucy is really kind and pretty and nice. It wasn’t boring or hard and I was really happy. I liked having my photo taken. Her camera is really big and clever and I was like a pop star having my photo taken.’ (age 6)

‘Lucy was really fun and very patient with our little sister. I felt like a cool and beautiful person. I didn’t want to leave!’ (age 9)

‘I look so pretty with my apples and mermaid legs. Lucy taught me to sit like a mermaid. She makes me laugh!’ (age 6)


These mini sessions take approximately 20 minutes and are held in my central Tunbridge Wells studio.

The price of £120* includes the session fee and 3 beautiful, hand-edited digital photographs (you can share these with family or friends, and print up to 8’x12’, as many times as you wish).

A small gallery of unedited proofs will be made available within a week of your session, from which you may select your favourite 3. These will then be beautifully edited and sent you electronically approximately 2 weeks after your selection. Should you wish to purchase any more images from your gallery, you are welcome to do so, but that is by no means obligatory!

*Please note that by paying your fee, you are agreeing to the following:

  • The fee holds your date and time, and is non-refundable should you no longer require my services or if you come more than 15 minutes late to your session.

  • Digital images are sent via WeTransfer approximately 2 weeks from the date of informing Lucy McKenzie Photography of your chosen selection.

  • Lucy McKenzie Photography is not held responsible for the behaviour of parties involved with the session. If the desired outcome of your session is jeopardised by the behaviours of parties involved, then we cannot be held responsible. In the event of uncooperative children at a session, Lucy McKenzie Photography will make every reasonable effort, but may not be able to capture any of the images the Client may have expected. The Client is responsible for all children at all sessions.