Winter Portraits in Edmonton | 3 tips for success!

Often when we think of winter in Edmonton, we think of an endless parade of cold, dark days. And, while the days are short, they are often full of sunlight, and there are regular stretches of mild temperatures, with daytime highs that hover around zero. This is a perfect recipe for stunning portraits. Read on for three tips to help you prepare for a session this winter.

 

1. Be flexible and find a photographer that is too!

I know this might seem like common sense, but outdoor sessions in the winter can be tricky and the success or failure can depend almost entirely on the weather. Especially with small children, a session in extremely cold temperatures can be difficult. While older families can make the best of cold days, sometimes being open to rescheduling is best. If it’s going to be colder than your child can comfortably be without a heavy jacket or mittens for any length of time, waiting for a warmer day may be the best option. Know that this is a possibility when scheduling, and don’t be too frustrated if a reschedule or two is required.

2. Dress in layers

Warm, comfy sweaters in neutral tones and a pair of great boots always look great in photographs. Adding a textured scarf, even in the same tone, can lend interest and depth to your wardrobe.

Even if the day is mild, make sure that you also have mitts and warm jackets to slip on in between photographs. Bringing a warm blanket that the kids can cuddle under is also a great idea! A thermos of hot chocolate can be a great way to finish out the session; it makes for some great images too!

3.  Relax and have fun

Your kiddos love being outside and playing in the snow. They will only think about the cold if they’re not having fun. Come prepared to play, laugh and cuddle and the session will fly by for everyone!

If this post has inspired you, check out some of these gorgeous winter sessions!

Make the most of Edmonton’s longest season!

Let’s chat about your winter portrait session today!
redwagon photography is an Edmonton photographer specializing in organic, natural light Family, Newborn, Maternity, Child, and Baby Photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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Edmonton Winter Family photographer | Sunset Sneak Peak

As much as I loathe the cold, I love the aesthetic of this winter season of ours. As you all know, a neutral colour palette is totally my jam, so I find this time of year with the bare gray trees, white snow, and delicious light so pretty. Often when we think of winter in Edmonton, we think of an endless parade of cold, dark days. And, while the days are short, they are often full of sunlight, and there are regular stretches of mild temperatures, with daytime highs that hover around zero. This is a perfect recipe for stunning portraits.

This sweet family portrait session took advantage of a lovely December afternoon, a gorgeous sunset and this adorable little one (in a little red coat that her mama made for her!)  Love these images and can’t wait to share the rest!

Why wait for spring and all that green?!  Embrace the neutrals and schedule your winter portrait session now!

redwagon photography is an Edmonton photographer specializing in organic, natural light Family, Newborn, Maternity, Child, and Baby Photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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Edmonton Photographer | The Very Best of 2017

One of my favourite things to do as the New Year approaches is to revisit all of the sessions from the previous year and find the very best images to share with you. Reliving all of the joy that I was blessed to capture makes me fall in love with my clients all over again.

As 2017 draws to a close and I go through this process, I have, of course, been thinking about all of you, my sweet clients.  I wanted to send my gratitude and well wishes for the coming year. 2017 has been incredible and a big part of that is you. It’s been a year of stunning images, unforgettable moments, and truly amazing connections. Thank you.

Thank you for being part of the redwagon story, for allowing me to share in your lovely moments. I could not make the photographs that I do without the trust of my sweet and beautiful subjects. I am excited to share some of my favourite moments of the year with you and am so looking forward to another year filled with your smiles, love and laughter.

Want to be in redwagon’s Best of 2018 post?  Get in touch to schedule your session now!

redwagon photography is an Edmonton photographer specializing in organic, natural light Family, Newborn, Maternity, Child, and Baby Photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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Merry Christmas! | Edmonton Family Photographer

Slow down and breathe.

Squeeze every drop from this magical season.

Spend your time with the ones you love most and have the happiest of holidays.

 

From my family to yours,

redwagon photography is an Edmonton photographer specializing in organic, natural light Family, Newborn, Maternity, Child, and Baby Photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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Stocking Stuffers | A Shop Local Gift Guide

Still looking for the perfect gifts? Shop Local this holiday and support awesome YEG artists and makers! Check out The Maker’s Keep in Kingsway  Mall and The Brewery District, or the RAAS Market in WEM for a bunch of local goods all in one place, or search out some of the following local gems:

 

1.  For the Love of Honey  is my favourite skin care product. It takes off my makeup before bed and moisturizes me in the morning.   Check out the full line of Craft Beauty, a metamorphosing line of all natural and organic beauty products that LOVE your skin, hair and spirit, are free from chemicals, preservatives and testing on animals made right here in YEG.

2.  Every month I eagerly await the arrival of my #YEG Box, a curated collection of quality products from local artisans in the Edmonton area. Visit the YEG Box Co online and buy a box or gift subscription for someone you love!

3. 559 Toys  (for infants+) are well made, developmentally nurturing and so beautiful. I adore them – some of you may have noticed my “special edition” unshape autos in the studio – so fun! The littles in your life deserve the best, so head to the website and take a look!

4.  Kristine MacDonald is the brilliant yeg maker behind Smithstine and this stunning copper jewellery. Check out her designs, inspired by Edmonton, the prairies and Alberta’s diverse landscape and wildlife.

5. Fruits of Sherbrooke is a not-for-profit company that makes delicious sauces, jellies and jams from rescued urban fruit and gives back to help feel the hungry of our city. Find their products at the Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market and a bunch of local retailers!

6. Red Balloon Pie Co’s Caramels: find these small batch delights in a number of unique flavours (including salted, coffee, goat milk and apple pie) at the Little Brick Café and the District Café & Bakery, as well as other local retailers.

7. Jason Blower is an Edmonton illustrator that creates whimsical, fun artwork. His prints of Edmonton landmarks make amazing gifts!

8. Confetti Sweets: Get the Coconut Cookies. Seriously. And I’m not a huge fan of coconut. I am, however, a HUGE fan of these cookies. With locations in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, and available at farmer’s markets across the province, it’s easy to get your cookie fix!

9. Drop into Salgado Fenwick on 124 St and check out their handcrafted, small-batch silk screen pieces for women, men, kids and the home. Made from in-house graphic design, their designs are quirky, memorable and super wearable!

Support local this holiday! Use the links for more information on these awesome local #yeg products!

redwagon photography is an Edmonton photographer specializing in organic, natural light Family, Newborn, Maternity, Child, and Baby Photography in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stony Plain, St. Albert, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park and Barrhead.
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