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!