Tips for Safe and Beautiful Winter Photos

Snow winter photos wequiock fallsHere in Wisconsin the winters are long and it really gives us two options; we can stay inside for months on end, or we can learn to appreciate the snow and tolerate the chilly temperatures. For many people (Ben included) the prospect of winter sports like skiing and ice fishing make the season something to look forward to, but for the rest of us, we need something else to help us through. For me, that something is the cozy factor.

Like most people, I love warm, summer days where the light is long and jackets aren’t required, but one thing winter does better than any other season is provide us with a reason to snuggle close to our loved ones. Winter is wool blankets, candles in the windows, and silent, snowy nights. As a photographer, winter gives us so much to work with — there are the snowflakes clinging to tree branches, families snuggled under blankets, couples holding one another close, and kiddos playing in the snow. Everything is intimate, the closeness amplified by the cold temperatures.

Winter Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Although winter is our slow season, we photograph weddings and portrait sessions all year long. February is our favorite month for winter photos as it usually offers plenty of snow (more than plenty this year!) I know there are many people considering having photos done outdoors in the winter, but there are worries holding you back. So I thought I would take a moment to talk about our process and how we keep the experience safe…

  1. Sometimes Cold is Too Cold

There are limits to when it is safe to be outside for extended periods of time. Just like a rain date in spring, we keep “cold dates” in winter in case the temperature or windchill are unsafe. If it’s a couple’s session, 15 degrees many be tolerable, but if it involves young family members, we are better off waiting for a warmer winter day.

2. Pay Attention to Footwear

Cold, wet feet are the end of a session, so prepare by choosing appropriate footwear, namely boots. There are so many options for cute boots and socks for adults and kiddos alike, that there is no worry of finding something that will work well in photos and still keep you warm and dry.

3. Take Breaks

Every session we photograph takes place a few hours before sunset to ensure the most flattering light. In winter, we build in a little extra time knowing that we will need to take breaks every ten to fifteen minutes to keep everyone comfortable. We also choose locations where vehicles can be parked nearby or where there is a heated building just steps away. This way when the cold starts to bother, everyone has a moment to warm their hands and reset.

4. Watch Out for Extremities

Fingers are usually the first thing to get cold. Although most people choose not to wear gloves in photos, we suggest having them along to slip on between photos. We also recommend hand warmers in each pocket. It’s amazing what a difference they can make!

Family Photographer in Green Bay

We love getting the perfect shot in falling snow with a snuggling family, but safety always comes first. We would never put you or your loved ones at risk by choosing a remote location, or pressuring anyone beyond their comfort zone. Feel free to CONNECT with us to talk about your vision for a winter session and how we can make beautiful, unique photos happen while keeping everyone safe.

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