Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos
There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions, and what better place to embrace winter than the Boston and New England area! The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.
Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.
Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.
Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow. Talk to your photographer about coordinating snow days. Sometimes they are on-call for storms so you can get fresh, fluffy snow!
Be flexible. If the weather isn't exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.
Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves. And pops of brighter color can look great in the snow.
Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times. Here in New England sunset sessions work great for kids because they are so early. You can look here to see what time golden hour is this time of year!
Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results, and promise the kiddos some hot cocoa when they get home.