We’re in Quebec, where snow is present for pretty much half of the year. Despite the weather, it’s still possible to take photos outside! In order to avoid getting cold, here are five tips to nail your winter photoshoot.
Wear several layers of clothes
During winter, it’s possible to do an outdoor photoshoot down to -15°C. Contrary to rain, snowflakes won’t have any negative impact on the proceedings (they actually add a magical touch to the images!)
But let’s be honest, most winter coats aren’t photogenic. They almost always make use look like the Michelin man! What’s the solution to get rid of this problem? Wear several layers of clothes. For instance, put a tank top under a thick wool sweater and thermal tights under your pants. This way, it will be possible to remove your coat for a few minutes and put it back on between the shots. If you already own a chic fitted coat, it will definitely be possible to wear it during the whole session.
Accessorize your outfit
Now that your body is protected, don’t forget about your extremities. In order to avoid getting sick, add a matching hat or headband, scarf and mittens to your outfit. Not only will they add the finishing touch to your look, but staying warm will make the session much more enjoyable for you.
Bring « heat packs » with you
If you’re the type of person who’s always freezing, you can even add « heat packs » in your mittens and boots. You can find disposable and reusable models in most drugstores and outdoor stores. They will emit warmth for at least an hour, which will be long enough for most winter photo sessions.
Use props that will keep you warm
Most people aren’t used to being in front of the camera. This is why I suggest bringing props to make the process more natural. With a winter photoshoot, they can double as a way to warm you up! For instance, a blanket can be put on snow if you want to sit on the ground, then placed on your shoulders to keep you warm. A hot chocolate mug will make an excellent prop to keep your hands busy, but also to warm you from the inside. In a similar way, if you live in a city that allows outdoor fires, it’s possible to do the session around the fire pit.
Finally, one of the best way to avoid freezing during your winter photoshoot is to move! Different winter activities look great when photographed. Whether it’s to skate with the love of your life, to go sledding with your family or to do a snow fight, these games will all allow us to capture stunning moments while making you forget about the temperature.
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