The first significant snowfall of the season has fallen. It’s sparkly. It’s pretty. And it also means cold weather is officially here!
Because we Minnesotans know that this is only the beginning of winter, I think it’s time to talk about how to stay warm at and during outdoor winter photography sessions.
So grab a blanket, your favorite warm beverage, and maybe a note pad because I’m serving up some goodies:
Layering is my favorite dancer trick when it comes to staying warm in cold weather. Wearing simple long underwear on the top and bottom helps add a layer for warmth. If you don’t own long underwear, a tight long sleeve shirt and leggings work in a pinch. And if you plan to wear boots, wear those Smartwool socks. Mmmm Smartwool (my fave Christmas gift)!
You don’t necessarily have to wear them for your photos – though you can if you want – but you certainly can bundle up between shots and while walking to the next location. For example, during family photos I like to get photos of many different groupings (mom & dad, dad & daughter, mom & son, etc). When you’re not in front of the camera, feel free to put your coat on to get warm!
Blankets also work in a pinch when you need to get warm quickly. And there’s the added bonus of being able to use blankets as props IN your photos. You can sit on them so your booties don’t get damp from snow. You can drape a blanket around you and your honey’s shoulders…it looks super cute and it keeps the heat in.
If you truly want to embrace the winter theme wear your hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc. Your photos will still be adorable plus you and your family will actually be able to play in snow! Snow angel making photos anyone?
Warm yourself from the inside out by bringing and drinking a hot beverage. Plus, we make drinking hot cocoa as part of your winter photo session theme.
This step is maybe the most important. We know that it’s going to be cold. Set your expectations appropriately, take the necessary precautions, listen to your body, and go with the flow. Recognize that everyone has his or her own threshold for cold and we shouldn’t push anyone past it – that’s when it stops being fun.
If you have a winter session scheduled, or if you’re hoping to schedule one, I hope these tips help keep your family warm and your hearts happy!