Have you been considering a winter photoshoot but are like, “nahhh too cold, too gray?” Let me share some winter photoshoot ideas, information, and inspiration that may change your mind. 🙂
Why take outdoor photos in the winter?
They’re so beautiful!! Snow provides incredibly flattering light for skin, falling snow is magical, and your photos will be light and bright! They can be an incredibly lovely option for maternity sessions, senior portraits, engagement photos, or fun-filled family portraits! They’re also a super sweet choice for Valentine’s Day, or to celebrate a birthday!
What if it’s too cold?
This is my clients’ number one concern! I wait for verrryyyy specific conditions for snow photos to be sure they are as comfortable and beautiful as possible! Kristen Hazelton Photography provides complimentary hand and toe warmers for clients, and we always photograph close to the cars/an indoor location for quick warm ups! I also bring along a neutral-colored blanket for snuggly shots, and to wrap up anyone who gets too cold!
Winter photoshoot outfit ideas
“What should I wear for my winter photoshoot?” Layers, layers, layers, and bring on the cute scarves, hats, ear muffs, and mittens! You can absolutely wear your coats, or take them off for photos and put them back on in between shots if you prefer. If have young children in your group, layering underneath the cute clothes and a jacket on top between photos is the way to go!
As for color combinations, I absolutely LOVE light shades of pink and blue for winter photos! I think they really work well with both light snow and the neutral shades of the grasses!
Winter photoshoot location ideas
Falling snow lightly dusting your hair and the trees is absolutely stunning! To that end, I prefer photographing in local natural locations and parks to emphasize that magic!
However! Towards the end of winter the light is still great, there are no bugs, and there are gorgeous tall grasses in neutral, earthy tones. You can absolutely have winter photos that are full of color, light, and vibrancy!
Or you might consider more of an urban photoshoot – and there are lots of cute props you could consider adding in! Oak Park-local restaurant branding photographer Tina Harle went with coffee and treats at her wintry photoshoot. A snowy downtown session would be so cute with the twinkle lights, holiday decor, and maybe even hot cocoa?!
But wait! What if you want snow photos but there’s just not any snow falling? I got you.
Let me channel my inner Ina Garten and say, if you can’t find real snow falling from the sky, store bought is fine! It’s biodegradable, looks great, and everyone has a lot of fun playing with it!
Still not convinced? Indoors.
If you’re planning a newborn photoshoot, or have young children, an indoor photoshoot might be the right call! I have a number of different indoor suggestions, including your home, local conservatories, or even a local business with permission.
I hope these winter photoshoot ideas helped you! If you’re considering a photoshoot of your own – reach out! I’m happy to discuss pros and cons and help you figure out when and where to have your perfect winter photoshoot!
Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (West Chicagoland) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!
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