Sweet Pickle Pictures » Providing family, child, newborn, maternity and studio photography for Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding areas.

Happy 2017, friends! With the start of the new year comes studio season for Sweet Pickle Pictures! This year I’m going to get the ball moving with a round of sweet mini sessions themed for Valentine’s Day. I will include some details about those below and at the very bottom of this post will be a special offer for studio simplicity sessions, so make sure to read through to the end!


Valentine’s Day is a great theme for mini sessions and this year I’ve planned a fun and simple setup with a bit of sparkle! Faux white wood backdrop and floordrop will be paired with a gold heart banner (still in the works!) and a few sparkly props. I have some red props left over from last year too and will also have those on hand to pop a bit of color if needed! These sessions will be priced the same as my minis last year. Read on below the photo for full details!

Sweet Pickle Pictures studio mini session

Yes, that’s my kid up there being my ever-enthusiastic model.



Valentine’s Day mini sessions in studio (where it’s warm!) with a simple gold/white theme and a few fun props! See another shot of our backdrop below! (Banner and props are in the works still!)

When:  A few slots will be available each of the following days:

Friday January 27th and

Saturday January 28th

(Please note that a backup date will be issued in the event of personal illness or inclement weather.)


My studio space located 20 minutes north of Manhattan, Kansas.


Due to the limited size and nature of these setups,  studio minis work best for children 6 months to 6 or 7 years of age. Older children may be booked with some restrictions. No adults or families will be photographed. Babies will need to be able to sit (assisted or unassisted.) These minis can be a cute and fun way to capture a milestone!

How much?

Individual slots will be $139+tax for a 20 minute session and 6-8 edited images printable up to 8×10 with my standard print release. Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Discounted rates available for siblings. Drop me a line for details!

How Do I book?

Booking will officially open this Wednesday, January 11th.

To book a slot, use the contact tab below to contact me and include your child’s age(s) and gender(s)!  I will need to arrange slots based on how many individual vs. sibling bookings I get, so setting up slots beforehand won’t be possible with these. Slot times will likely range from 11am to  2 or 3pm depending on the day. 6-8 slots will be available overall.

What other mini session opportunities lie ahead? 

Last year I offered both Valentine’s Day and Easter mini sessions in studio. Due to schedule restrictions, I cannot promise at this stage that Easter minis will be available this year. If I do not arrange a second round of minis for Spring/Easter, these will be the only studio minis offered for 2017.


Want to capture your child’s milestone without a theme? For the next 2 weeks I will be rebooting my “Small Business Saturday” offer of $50 off a studio Simplicity Session taking place January through March 2017. These sessions are 30-40 minutes long (minimum age 3-4 months) and include more final images than a mini session with my same standard print release. The promotional rate only applies to sessions with one child, but a sibling can be included at my regular rate! You will have your choice of any one of my backdrops/setups to coordinate with a special outfit of your choosing (or you can choose from a few options I keep in studio depending on age/size!) Simplicity sessions are limited to weekday bookings only and slots are available most weekday afternoons from 11am-2pm. For full package details, drop me a line via my contact tab below and please mention this blog post in order to score this discounted rate! Offer will expire January 24th, 2017! Retainer fee of $50+tax is due at the time of booking and your session must take place on or before March 31st, 2017. If you would like more time or setups in studio, ask me about the full studio sessions I offer! They are perfect for combining a 12 months cake smash session with some sweet before-the-mess portraits or capturing more variety with your milestone!


Looking forward to sharing studio season with some of you and looking forward to what 2017 holds for us! If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact me!


studio child mini sessions valentine

signatureAnother look at our backdrop (and my silly boy)


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UPDATE: All slots are currently filled, thank you!


Hi All! A quick blog post to let you know that I will be opening booking for both my fall mini session dates this coming Monday, September 5th (Labor Day!) Below are some instructions for how to snag a slot as well as some more details about the session package!

Here’s a little flier to get you started (created with images from last year’s minis!)

Sweet Pickle Pictures Fall Minis Family Photography Manhattan Kansas

**Mini Sessions slots will be $195+tax for up to 4 individuals. This price includes your 20 minute session slot and 10 edited images delivered via a convenient online gallery. These images come with my standard print release which allows you to create your own prints up to and including the size 8×10 – larger prints and canvas are available for purchase via your gallery.

**Minis can be booked for groups up to 5 individuals with an additional fee of $20 and 2 additional images added to the standard package for groups larger than 4.  Groups larger than 5 are not recommended due to the very short nature of these sessions.

** IMPORTANT:  Each event date has a predetermined rain backup date (listed below.) Please be certain that both the original and backup dates work for your family before booking as it may not be possible to reschedule mini sessions on an individual basis in the event of a rain-out.

September 30th —> Backup date October 7th

October 10th —> Backup date October 17th

I will be adding mini session slots to my booking calendar at 1pm CST Monday, September 5th. These will be added under the following dates – September 30th and October 10th. You can navigate to my fall booking page HERE which contains this booking calendar. Unfortunately the calendar itself is not mobile friendly, but I have instructions included for a workaround that allows it to be visible on most devices. Once you’ve clicked on the date you wish to book, available time slots will be shown and you may select your chosen time slot and proceed with the booking form. Once this initial form is submitted, you will be redirected to my mini session agreement form that will collect full payment of your mini session to complete your booking! Full payment is required to reserve your time slot. Please note that there is a slight lag in the calendar and slots may still show available for a short time after they are booked. I apologize in advance for any frustration this causes!

If you have any questions or difficulties with the calendar, feel free to contact me via the contact tab below – this will drop me a message directly in my email! Since Monday is a school holiday, I will be away from the computer at times, but will do my best to answer emails when I am able.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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UPDATE: All 2016 outdoor fall session slots have been filled! Looking forward to a great season! 


Happy August, friends! This summer has certainly SPED by for us – I’m sure a few of you are feeling the same! I am currently taking some down time to make some last minute summer memories with my family before school and busy season kicks back into gear, but I also need to get some fall details rolling since inquiries have been coming in! This year, I’m doing my fall booking just a little bit differently. This post will contain everything you need to know about my fall availability, the fall season in general and how to book your session. I’m laying ALL the details on the line! If you’re interested in a session during this upcoming fall season, please continue reading!


Manhattan Kansas Family Child Photographer Fall Session

I have spent the last week setting my session availability and installing a booking calendar that is going to streamline the booking process for me (and you!) Before I link that information below, let me say a few words about my availability in general. Due to our work and activities schedule, I do have very limited weekend bookings this fall, so you’ll see a lot of weekday evening session slots! Most of these are open to either a full or simplicity session (client’s choice) however, towards the end of October and into early November, I do start limiting weekdays to simplicity (half) sessions due to the very early sunset time. Weekend slots (where available) are open to full sessions only. Bear in mind that illness and weather can change our session plans, but I do have backup dates built into my schedule for this reason. That said, if you book a weekend slot and we are forced to reschedule for one of these reasons, it is not guaranteed that your rescheduled date will be another weekend slot due to the small number of those I have available. Even with a set schedule, this season can require a bit of flexibility!

I will once again offer two evenings/events of fall mini sessions this year as I have done in the past. These will not be themed and will be open to small families, couples, milestones or maternity sessions for groups of 5 or smaller. Mini sessions have not been added to my booking calendar as of yet since I am still nailing down details, but you can do a preliminary mark on your calendar for the following dates (which as of right now, are looking promising for being my mini session dates this year!) I will open booking for both dates at the same time, likely towards the end of August and I typically make an announcement on my facebook page with a blog post here as well. These will also be booked using my new booking calendar system when the time comes! I will likely have 4 session slots per evening, so if you’re holding out for a mini session – keep in mind the slots could fill very quickly.

Fall Mini session estimated dates:
Friday September 30th (backup date October 7th) Slots will likely span from 5pm-7pm
Monday October 10th (backup date October 17th) Slots will likely span from 4:45-6:45pm

How To Book Your (non-mini) Fall Session:
Now for some booking details! I have created a page (and calendar) dedicated to booking fall outdoor sessions. Click HERE to navigate to this page and make sure to carefully read through the instructions prior to submitting a booking! Once these dates are booked, I will not likely have additional openings to add unless a cancellation occurs. If I do add additional dates, I will again make that announcement via my facebook page! This calendar does NOT reflect my availability for newborn sessions or the studio milestone sessions I will begin booking later this fall. It is purely for outdoor (evening) sessions September through early November! If you are looking for a newborn or studio session, please inquire through the contact tab at the bottom of this webpage.

Please read on for some tips and important info concerning fall sessions!

Fall Session Tips:
Fall Color: I get asked every year when the leaves will turn. Unfortunately I am not an expert on this subject and Kansas LOVES to throw us for a loop in the weather/nature department pretty regularly, but I can certainly make an estimated guess. I typically tell clients to book sessions mid to late October if they wish to have a bit of fall color in their photos. The downside of this is, sometimes late October can be too late – we have had fall seasons where the leaves fell by this time, so it is a bit of a gamble either way! Keep in mind that fall color in general is a very short phase here in Kansas. In my experience, if you have young children, I feel it’s safer to err on the side of booking earlier rather than later as the temperatures can begin to change for the worse by the end of October. Comfortable, happy children tend to photograph better (regardless of the color of the leaves!) Plus, a bit of sunlight (if we’re lucky) can transform green grass and trees into some warm fall colors too! My general advice is to not get too hung up on trying to catch that perfect (fleeting) moment of Kansas fall color, but instead focus on what dates work best for you and your family’s needs.  If you book a September or early October session, you can bring those warm, autumn colors into your portraits through your outfit choices! If you need help in that department, I’m always happy to send along some inspiration!

Fall Locations: Because of the larger number of sessions I shoot in the fall (and the increasingly earlier sunset times) I do mostly choose locations within close proximity of my home/studio and will travel less for outside locations. This keeps the season manageable for me and my childcare situation and also provides locations consistent to my style with easy access for families and a calm, safe place for us to capture your images! These locations are about a 20 minute drive north of Manhattan in a semi-rural area. If you have a specific location in mind for your session, please discuss it with me prior to booking!



As one last (yet important) tip, please understand that the fall season is a very busy one for family photographers. I would LOVE to photograph everyone who inquires for a session, but through experience I’ve learned that taking on too much is not good for me, my family or my clients! If you are booking a session with me this fall/winter, please understand that things can get a bit hectic and turnaround times tend to be longer on getting edits back to you. I am a one-employee small business and 150% stubborn about the images I create which means I put a lot of time (and love!) into processing each and every session. If you need your images by a certain date, please book your session 3-4 weeks in advance and keep in mind that turnaround times can creep longer as the season gets fully underway. I am always happy to share a couple preview images to make your wait a little more bearable.

I am looking forward to sharing this upcoming fall with some new and familiar faces! Bring on the cooler weather, cardigans and pumpkin spice lattes! 😉

Want to chat? Please feel free to contact me via the contact tab/form below if you have questions or would like more information before booking! Keep in mind I will be a bit slower to answer emails until my break ends August 18th!

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Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment and talk about my summer availability below which includes a small announcement as well! This year has proven uniquely challenging with our schedules which means that I have a bit less availability in general for my early summer dates. For this reason, I’ve decided to set aside an evening to plan a few mini sessions in hopes that I will be better able to fit in more clients this way! I have a flier and some more information below concerning those, so please read on! In addition to my mini sessions, I do still have a small amount of weekday evening availability in June for family or milestone sessions. Depending on a few factors, I may also have a slot or two I will open during the first half of July before I take some quiet time to focus on my family for the rest of the summer (and hang out in the air conditioning!) If you were considering a family or milestone session this summer, now would be a great time to get in touch! The next opportunity will be fall dates, which I will likely begin booking in August.

UPDATE – all mini session slots have filled, but I do have a small amount of June availability remaining at this time. Feel free to use the contact tab to get in touch!

On to mini sessions – the flier below pretty much hits all the important points! My goal is to capture some beautiful summer evening light with these minis, but if Kansas throws clouds our way that evening, we will roll with the punches and make the best of that too! More details posted below the flier, so please make sure to read through those before contacting me!

Sweet Pickle Pictures June Mini Sessions Family Portrait Photographer Manhattan Wamego Riley Kansas

Important Details: 

Additional fees (optional): $20+tax per additional person up to 6 total individuals. This fee includes an additional 2 images.  Print/canvas purchases may be made via your online gallery at time of digital delivery.

Backup rain date for this event will be Saturday, June 18th.

Sessions will be held near my home/studio roughly 20 miles north of Manhattan, KS.

Full payment of session and signed agreement required to book your slot.

Minis are great for capturing milestones, families, siblings, maternity or even a couples session!

If you’re ready to book or have questions for me, use the “contact” tab below to drop me an email! I look forward to hearing from you!

Available time slots:
7 PM,  7:40 PM8:20 PM




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*****THANKS ALL! An update: As of 2-14-16, all available slots have been filled! Should this change, an announcement will be made to my facebook page found here! I have 1-2 weekday slots open in March for studio milestones and am otherwise in the process of booking April studio sessions with outdoor/family session booking opening soon for late April through June!*****


Happy Friday all! It feels a bit strange discussing Easter plans with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, but this photography business always seems to keep me one holiday ahead of the game! Due to a few scheduling conflicts, I’ve had to plan these Easter mini sessions a weekend earlier than planned, so these are coming up VERY soon! Check out the flyer below and please continue reading on after that as there are some special directions and details you need to know before contacting me!

Sweet Pickle Pictures Easter Minis Child Studio Portrait Photographer Manhattan Riley Wamego Kansas Ks

DETAILS: (Please read before contacting me to book!)

Individual session slots are priced at $139+tax and include a 20 minute session with 6 edited digital images and a print release to print up to a size of 8×10. Larger prints/canvas available to purchase after the session if desired. Images delivered via a convenient online gallery – if all goes according to plan, I intend to have all minis delivered by March 20th, 2016 (if not sooner.)

Sibling bookings available at a discount – please contact me for more information!

This event will consist of TWO setups. Each setup will book on a separate day. If booking a sibling slot, you must choose one setup/day for your sibling (discounted) session or book two separate (full priced) slots if different setups are desired. Setup details shown below.

Due to the size of my setups for this event, I am limiting these minis to children aged 6 months to 6 years. If you have a sibling just outside of this age range, please contact me, I will consider these on a case-by-case basis! These studio mini sessions are a great way to grab a few updated milestone images of your child or baby!

Location – my studio space is located 20 miles north of Manhattan, Kansas.


Slots are limited! Please include the following information when you inquire/book:
—Age and # of children
—Setup choice
—Preference for morning/afternoon slot (please note, I cannot guarantee availability as availability will fill on a first come, first serve basis.)

Please use the contact form (see “contact” tab at the very bottom of the page.) DO NOT leave a comment on this post as I may not see it!


Sweet Pickle Pictures Easter Setup #1 Manhattan KS

Setup #1 will be available on Saturday, February 27th only. This bright, airy setup should pair well with all those sweet Easter/spring dresses, however it is not limited to little girls! Props will have a vintage/shabby feel in whites and pastels.

Sweet Pickle Pictures Easter Mini Setup 2

Setup #2 will be available on Sunday, February 28th only. Consisting of a blue tile backdrop and wood floor, this setup was definitely put together with little boys in mind, but can work well for little girls as well! Props will be in creams, tans and browns and this setup will consist of a sweet “Peter Rabbit” banner in the background (excuse my poor hand-drawing skills!)


Have a spring studio session in mind for your little one, but don’t see a setup you love here? I have several sweet floral and spring-inspired drops that may be perfect for a studio simplicity session with your child. Use the contact form to get in touch for details! I do have very limited availability left for the month of March and cannot guarantee delivery by Easter (except in the case of this mini session event.)

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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