It’s Already Time to Book Your Holiday Photos

Mini sessions + jewelry discounts + wedding album credits? Oh yes

by Stephanie Kaloi

parent holding baby on a bridge

Although our kid is almost eight, last year was the first year that my family of three ever actually sent out holiday cards. We had talked about it from time to time over the years, but usually neither of us ever got serious about actually making the cards until the holidays were upon us… which is way too late. That’s why we’re having a new set of family photos taken in two weeks. Time is precious, y’all (and also our most recent family photos are almost three years old).

In the hopes that you too will plan ahead, we’ve pulled together holiday offerings from some of our well-loved vendors and sponsors here at APW. There are a few family mini sessions offered, but you can also snag discounts on wedding albums and wedding jewelry, including men’s wedding bands.


family photos by vivian chen photography

Vivian Chen Photography: 25-minute sessions ($350)

OAKLAND, CAlifornia

Vivian is offering 25-minute holiday mini sessions in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, California. You’ll receive 30 to 40 high-res edited JPEGs in color and black and white within two weeks of the shoot. Dates are filling up fast—find out what’s available on Vivian’s site.

wedding photography by watassa

Watassa Wedding Photography: 30-minute mini sessions ($250) or $50 off a regular session

West Michigan, Chicago, and Leelanau County

Emily Alt of Watassa is offering 30-minute mini sessions in your home (or wherever else you’d like to shoot!) throughout West Michigan, Chicago, and Leelanau County. West Michigan dates are wide open between October 16 and January 15, and Leelanau County dates are October 22–23, November 24–26, and select dates in December and January. Mini sessions are priced at $250.

If you’d rather go for a full hour-and-a-half family, engagement, boudoir, newborn, or anniversary session, APW readers can snag $50 off the regular rate of $350.

engagement photography by devon rowland photography

Devon Rowland Photography: 30-minute portrait sessions ($225)

Baltimore-Washington area

Devon Rowland is offering half-hour family, portrait, or couples’ sessions in the Baltimore-Washington area for $225. You’ll get at least 25 edited photos in color and black and white within three days of the session, and the offer is valid between October 8 and December 31.

wedding photography by Gina Clyne

Gina Clyne Photography: $250 credit toward travel for five 2017 weddings (packages begin at $1600)


Gina Clyne is offering a mega deal on out-of-town weddings in 2017: the first five weddings that book through APW will get a $250 credit. She still has lots of open availability for 2017, and you can send an inquiry right here.


Monica Roy: $100 off 2017 weddings booked by the end of the year

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco-based Monica Roy is offering $100 off any wedding package to couples getting marred in 2017. Regular rates begin at $3,000 for six hours of coverage.


kendra renee jewelry ring

Kendra Renee Jewelry: 10% off wedding bands and 20% off earrings, bracelets, and necklaces

If you’re ring shopping, Kendra Renee Jewelry is offering 10% off wedding bands through October 30, 2016, and 20% off other jewelry, like earrings, bracelets, and necklaces (aka great gifts)! Use code “APWLOVE” at checkout.

men's wedding band from metal wendler

Metal Wendler: 15% off all men’s wedding band options

Use discount code “APW15” between now and January 31, 2017 to receive 15% off Metal Wendler’s badass men’s wedding bands made from recycled metals. The discount code can be used on Etsy or the Metal Wendler site.


Vena Amoris Jewelry: 15% OFF all purchases over $125
If you’re in the market for a romantic vintage-inspired engagement ring (or holiday gift, or something for you because omg, those opals), Vena Amoris is offering 15% off all of their bespoke, ethical and sustainable uniquely handcrafted jewelry.
 Use code “APWLOVE” at checkout.


wedding album from albums remembered

Albums Remembered: upgrade your wedding album for free

If you’ve been procrastinating on a wedding album, now’s your chance to check that off the to-do list and surprise your spouse or parents with it for the holidays. When you order any album in sizes 10×10, 12×12, or 11×14 in the Pearl Collection before October 31, 2016, Albums Remembered will give you a free upgrade (which will add 50 photos/20 pages to the album). Simply put the note “APW holiday deal” in the order form to get the deal. (Cannot be combined with any other discount.)

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! ? ? ?).

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  • Lisa

    We sent out holiday cards the first year we were married, but they didn’t go out until…mid-January? We had ordered the cards from Minted before leaving on our honeymoon, and they accidentally sent them to the address where we’d had our STDs sent…which was our old apartment in Chicago. We had to wait until after we got back in early January and the mail had been delivered before we could even stuff and send them!

    Last year was better. I think we got them out by mid-December.

  • macrain

    Anyone know of holiday deal packages in the NYC area? I would love to do a mini session!

    • Scalliwag

      I don’t want to speak for them, but you could reach out to Smitten Chickens. They’re an APW vendor and did our wedding. I know they were part of this list last year and do mini session you may be able to do. We love them and they are around NYC. Hope this helps!

    • I’ll possibly be in New York City in late October for a weekend, I think, and could fit in some Mini Sessions–same pricing as above. If I could book 3-4 sessions, it would be possible! Shoot me a note through my website or send other folks my way, and I’d love to make it happen for you.

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