Whoever said the cold never bothered her anyways hadn’t experienced this winter. Brr. But, winter photoshoots are some of our favorites. Below we have listed seven tips to create a perfect winter wonderland photoshoot. So, bundle up and head outside! (And, if you don’t have snow nearby, try this cute indoor snow session.)
1. Bring Your Gear
Nothing ends a photoshoot faster than cold noses and toes. As the photographer, fingerless gloves work like a charm. Also, if shooting with a camera, store extra batteries in your coat because the cold drains batteries faster. However, don’t try and keep your camera warm. Once exposed to the cold, it will immediately fog up, thus making you miss photo opportunities as well as create harmful condensation on your camera.
2. Be Careful Where Your Step
This might seem like a no-brainer, but be strategic in where you walk because once the virgin snow has been trampled through, the footprints will forever show up in all your photos. Use the fresh snow to take landscape photos first, then move to subject photos.
3. Focus On Details
4. Use a Faster Shutter Speed For Falling Snow
If using slower shutter speeds when snow falls, the snow will start looking more like traveling at light speed in Star Wars than snowflakes. Increase the shutter speed on your camera (1/250th of a second works as a great starting point) and you will be able to capture the snow coming down as flakes. A dark background allows the snowy white color to pop even more.
5. Let Kids Explore
Half the fun of a winter shoot is seeing your kids’ pure curiosity and joy as they experience a world blanketed in white. Capture these sweet moments of running in the snow, building a snowman, or throwing snow in the air.
6. Play With Color
With a white snowy background, colors really pop. So, have your kids wear their bright coats, snap a shot of the evergreen tree, or try photographing the red barn in the distance and you’ll be amazed how striking the contrasting colors are!
7. Have Fun With Lighting
Snow serves as the ultimate reflector, which sometimes can cause unwanted glare. One trick is to use a lens hood which avoids the glare and protects your camera (see further details on the benefits of a lens hood here). Otherwise, avoid shooting in the middle of day, when sunlight is often the harshest. Sun earlier in the day often looks better and the snow does too.
Most of all, enjoy the moment! And don’t forget the photo opportunities of unravelling layers of clothing, red noses, or warming up by the fire when you’re through!
*Photos courtesy of Amy Lucy Photography