Winter Photo Session Tips

Winter is here! Brr! And because we live in Wisconsin, we get winter weather basically 6 months out of the year. Yikes! Not to worry though, I have compiled a list of my favorite tips for winter photo sessions.

Layers, Layers, Layers

It’s possible to dress nice, but still be warm. Wear long thermals underneath your clothing. If you’re wearing a dress, consider wearing leggings or tights underneath. If you’re wearing a sweater you can layer up some extra shirts underneath. Don’t forget a cute hat and mittens that compliment your outfits!

Bring Extra Layers

This might seem like a repeat of the first tip. But this tip is more about bringing extra clothes that you can wear until it’s time to start taking photos and between spots. Bring a big coat or a blanket that you can snuggle up in. When it’s time to start snapping photos you can throw your extra layers off to the side.

Hand Warmers

I would like to personally shake hands with the person who invented hand warmers. These things have been life savers! Put hand warmers in your pockets for your session. They’ll stay nice and toasty and when your fingers get a little cold all you have to do is stick your hands in your pockets! If you’re wearing gloves, you could put the hand warmers directly in your gloves.

Warm Drinks

Bring a travel mug filled with hot tea or hot cocoa to sip on! You can leave it in the car to warm up afterwards or you can bring it with you during your session. My only tip here is that you should be careful not to spill a big cup of coffee or cocoa down your front! So it might be best to stick with tea or wait until after the session to drink anything.

Have a Backup Plan

If you absolutely can’t reschedule your session and the weather is going to be unbearable, have a backup plan! Is there somewhere indoors you can go? Is there somewhere blocked from the wind if it’s windy? You should discuss these plans with your photographer in advance so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.

Personally, the coldest session I’ve ever photographed was when it was 6 degrees outside. I don’t really like to do sessions below 20 degrees but I leave that up to the client. My camera starts acting up below 0 so I won’t photograph sessions if the temperature is in the negatives! The good news is that I work very quickly. I can get all the photos I need in 15-20 minutes if necessary.

Hope this helps as you’re planning your winter session!

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