Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter photo sessions are a lot of fun, especially with snowfall, and there’s a certain magic that translates in camera that can lead to some really beautiful images. If you are looking to book a winter session with your children, there are a few tips I’d like to share to ensure your session is a success!
Tip #1: Be flexible. Winter is an unpredictable season. Strong wind, rain, below freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions are not ideal shooting conditions. It’s important to keep in mind that when booking a session, to also book a back-up date. I’m a crazy weather app kind of girl, I have numerous apps on my phone that tracks the weather down to the hour, but during this season I also block off several dates in case we need to reschedule due to inclement weather. This is crucial if you’re hoping for a snow session, which usually leads to being “on call” for when they weather forecasts show snow. Snow is wonderful for a photo shoot, but please remember to be safe in traveling, which can lead to some very treacherous conditions.
Tip#2: Choose a location that has an enclosed space or building. Pick a location that has a spot where we can stop in warm up and take a break. Taking frequent warm up breaks is essential, especially with small children.
Tip #3: Bring a snack and a thermos of hot liquid. Packing a snack and something hot to drink, like hot chocolate, will help keep your body temperature up.
Tip #4: Layer, layer, layer. Layering is extremely important when choosing your wardrobe for a winter session. Be sure to use fitted undergarments, but nothing too snug that would restrict movement. Also keep in mind about the fabric of the clothing, wool tends to keep you warmer and drier than cotton. Be sure to pack a change of clothes in the event that they get wet.
Tip #5: Accessorize. Cute hats, scarves, even fun printed blankets and wraps can add a stylish touch to your outfits, all while keeping you toasty. Be sure to pack an extra set of gloves and hats, in case they get wet.
Tip:#6: Don’t forget your sunscreen. Just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean we don’t need sunscreen. The sun is actually closest to the earth during this season (January is the closest), and sunlight reflecting off fallen snow can lead to sunburn just as easily as a blazing summer sun.
Tip #7: Follow your children’s lead. As always, it’s important to follow their lead, and know when they’ve had enough. When they’re done, they’re done. Otherwise it just leads to miserable and cranky kids and that’s not good for them or for you. Also, watch them for shivering, this is the first sign of hypothermia.
Be safe and have fun!