Mini Sessions

Pint-sized photo sessions you don’t want to miss. Book one or a bunch—they’re kind of addicting!   Offered once a month, by invitation only.


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One day a month.

A beautiful West Michigan location of my choice.

30 minutes with your dog.

And voila! You have a gorgeous, framed 8x10 print of your dog, with no more commitment.

Grumpy Pups Pet Photography Mini Sessions were created for two reasons:

  • Some pet parents just want a single 8x10 to hang on the wall. The full experience photo session is more than they need.
  • Some pet parents LOVE their full photo sessions so much, they want to come back season after season!


And the Mini Session was born.


Created for those who love their pets with passion but just don’t have the budget for a dedicated session. One low price includes the session AND a framed 8×10 print (plus the digital file!), so you walk away with a beautiful memento of your dog. Order more through your online gallery, or simply enjoy the print you choose.


Mini Sessions are opened first to the Grumpy Pups VIP Pack. (Join the Pack!) With just a few slots available each month, these sessions go FAST. Check the calendar below to scope out your favorites, make sure to sign up for your email invite, then watch your inbox for registration to open!

Great Locations

I’ve scoped out some amazing, dog-friendly locations, giving your photos backgrounds that impress. From the dog beach to the snow, old barns to downtown posh, there is a location and experience for every dog. Mini sessions also take advantage of every Michigan season, including the highly sought-after fall foliage.

Book One or Several

Mini Sessions are great for pet parents on a budget, but they also get a little addicting! Book one every few months for puppy’s first year. Create a wall gallery of your pet in different locations throughout West Michigan. Or follow the seasons with a spring, summer, fall and winter session.

Mini Session Calendar

See what’s in store for 2016, then make sure to sign up for VIP Pack status to get first access when registration opens. Schedule is subject to change due to weather. 

February | Covered Bridge

Join us at the covered bridge for a photo opportunity that appeals to that rustic, vintage aesthetic. A light snow would be ideal, but the session location is beautiful even without it. There is a bit of a downhill hike (and then back up) to get to the bridge, so this session is best for people and dogs who can handle a little exercise. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 | Noon – 5 p.m. Hudsonville includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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March | Lakeshore Pines

Drop-dead gorgeous location! Red pine needles carpet the floor, while tall pines shelter us from the wind and provide lots of photo opportunities. Easy access from the parking lot, and there is a pretty ambitious hiking trail you and your dog can take before or after your session if you want to make it a good dog day! Saturday, Mar. 26, 2016 | Noon – 5 p.m. West Olive (lakeshore) includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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April | Downtown Grand Rapids

Calling all downtown dogs! Join us in downtown Grand Rapids on Sat., April 23 for a 30-minute photo session with a one-of-a-kind setting. Whether you’re a city dog or just want to get out and try something new and fun after all the winter weather, join us on the banks of the Grand River for a stunning downtown skyline session. Easy parking at the Gerald R. Ford Museum makes it a breeze, and you can stroll the riverwalk winding alongside the Grand River before or after your session to make it a Good Dog Day. Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Grand Rapids includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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May | Cherry Blossoms

Think Spring! Every year these cherry blossoms take my breath away, and it’s a photo opportunity you and your dog don’t want to miss. This is a pet-friendly park with lots of room to stretch out. Come early to take a walk on the nature trails around the park and enjoy all the new spring beauty. Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jenison includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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June | Dog Beach

This one’s gonna fill up fast! The dog beach is such a blast – the dogs have the time of their lives, and the photos of them playing on the shores of Lake Michigan are beautiful and full of great memories. There is a quarter-mile hike to the dog beach from the parking lot, and some stairs to get down to the beach. Come dressed to get wet and have fun! Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Lake Michigan includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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October | Wildflower Fields

Calling all romantics! This wildflower field is not only fun for your dog (so many smells!), but it’s also just stunning in photos. This is a quiet place with very easy access to a parking lot. The flowers are tall, but short dogs will work just fine, too.  Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 | 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hudsonville includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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October | Fall Bridge

Fall color…what everyone has been waiting for! This location explodes in a brilliant yellow canopy every year, with a rustic wooden bridge to complete the picture. Don’t worry if you think your dog won’t sit or “behave” long enough. They’ll do just fine! There is parking quite close to this location, but you’re welcome to come early and enjoy a little walk with your dog before your time slot. Sat., Oct. 15; Sun., Oct. 16; Sun, Oct. 23 | 3 – 6 p.m. Jenison includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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November | Provin Trails

Picture your pup in the pines! This gorgeous location not only makes a beautiful backdrop, but it has lots of greats trails for walking so you and your dog can have a good dog day, while capturing memories for you to treasure forever. Even better, pup parents are welcome to join in on this one. (Hello Christmas cards!) This is one of Grumpy Pups’ most requested locations, so don’t miss this chance to get in before the snow falls.  Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ada includes framed 8×10 print and digital file (same image) of your choice $195

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Springer spaniels in a field of Michigan wildflowers

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