There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session.
Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly:
- Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.
- Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.
- Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow. If you live in a climate that has mostly rain in the winter, you can have a wonderful shoot even on rainy or cloudy days (think umbrellas & rainbows), but keep an eye out for storms.
- Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. Overcast skies are actually like hitting the jackpot when it comes to outdoor portrait photography, because of how pleasing the light being diffused can be on our skin tones. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.
- Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves.
- Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times. Consult your photographer on the best time range to get the prettiest light while working with your family’s schedule.
I hope these suggestions help you make your fall or winter portraits a lovely and positive experience. Enjoy this bonding time with your family — maybe even take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable, and get ready for some beautiful results.