Planning Tips for a Successful Winter Photoshoot

November 19, 2020

Many people plan photoshoots for the summer months, yet winter photo shoots can be just as magical – if not more so – if they are planned right! There is nothing more beautiful than snuggling up with your loved ones with a beautiful blanket of snow and gorgeous scenery. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips for a successful winter photoshoot.

The problem is, how can you prepare for a winter photoshoot? Since it is much colder, how can you make sure that you are comfortable enough so that your pictures turn out well? Whether you are getting married or not, if you have a winter photoshoot coming up, keep on reading to learn how to plan it properly, so you can capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Wear Enough Layers

When planning your outfits for a successful winter photoshoot, you must bring enough layers and winter accessories. There are creative ways to sneak in some extra layers without it looking bulky in your pictures. Some creative ways to add in warm layers are:

  • Wear long underwear underneath your jeans/suit
  • Wear thick leggings underneath a dress
  • Accessorize your look with scarves, nice jackets, and winter boots
  • Bring extra layers to wear during breaks in between shots, such as a blanket or a big/thick winter jacket
  • Bring lots of hand warmers

It is important to think ahead and plan for a very cold day, layout your wardrobe a couple of days ahead of time so that you are assured you have enough warmth.

Tahoe winter photo session
  • Bring hand warmers to hold onto in between and during the shoot
  • Bring a thermos with a hot beverage
  • A waterproof blanket to sit down on the ground or wrap yourself with

Sometimes it’s a good idea to have an indoor location near in incase it gets real snowy. It could be your AirBnB, a hotel, coffeehouse, or some kind of roof overhang. Just something we can all take cover under if it takes a turn for the worst.

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Fun activities to make your winter session photoshoot more UNIQUE

Sometimes it can feel a little uncomfortable posing in front of a camera, especially if you’re cold. Don’t worry there are many fun activities you can do during your shoot to make you relax. Your favorite winter activities can also make for amazing photos! It’s important you are comfortable during your shoot and doing an activity could help you stay warm and cozy.

  • Sledding is always fun!
  • We can have Snowball Fight, build snowmen, or make snow angels.
  • Bring a thermos and come cups and we’ll snuggle up with some steamy hot cocoa.
  • Snowshoeing to a mountain top is always fun!

Don’t be afraid to propose any other activities you would like to do during your shoot!

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Be Flexible 

The weather is unpredictable in the winter months, which means that your shoot may have to be canceled due to a storm. If this is the case, remember that you wanted your shoot to be comfortable and enjoyable, which would not happen during a storm. 

It is important to look ahead at the weather predictions to ensure that you will not have your winter photoshoot during a snowstorm. 

Planning your winter photoshoot is a magical experience. By being prepared with the right clothing and posing ideas in mind, you are guaranteed to capture memories that will last lifetimes.

The problem is, how can you prepare for a winter photoshoot? Since it is much colder, how can you make sure that you are comfortable enough so that your pictures turn out well? Whether you are getting married or not, if you have a winter photo shoot coming up, keep on reading to learn how to plan it properly, so you can capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Wear Enough Layers

When planning your outfits for your winter photoshoot, you must bring enough layers and winter accessories. There are creative ways to sneak in some extra layers without it looking bulky in your pictures. Some creative ways to add in warm layers are:

  • Wear long underwear underneath your jeans/suit
  • Wear thick leggings underneath a dress
  • Accessorize your look with scarves, nice jackets, and winter boots
  • Bring extra layers to wear during breaks in between shots, such as a blanket or a big/thick winter jacket
  • Bring lots of hand warmers

It is important to think ahead and plan for a very cold day, layout your wardrobe a couple of days ahead of time so that you are assured you have enough warmth.

  • Bring hand warmers to hold onto in between and during the shoot
  • Bring a thermos with a hot beverage
  • A waterproof blanket to sit down on the ground or wrap yourself with

Sometimes it’s a good idea to have an indoor location near in incase it gets real snowy. It could be your AirBnB, a hotel, coffeehouse, or some kind of roof overhang. Just something we can all take cover under if it takes a turn for the worst.

tahoe winter session photo
south tahoe winter proposal
Family Sessions VILD Photography.jpg

Fun activities to make your winter session photoshoot more UNIQUE

Sometimes it can feel a little uncomfortable posing in front of a camera, especially if you’re cold. Don’t worry there are many fun activities you can do during your shoot to make you relax. Your favorite winter activities can also make for amazing photos! It’s important you are comfortable during your shoot and doing an activity could help you stay warm and cozy.

  • Sledding is always fun!
  • We can have Snowball Fight, build snowmen, or make snow angels.
  • Bring a thermos and come cups and we’ll snuggle up with some steamy hot cocoa.
  • Snowmobiling is a great activity for your winter adventure session.
  • Snowshoeing to a mountain top is always fun!

Don’t be afraid to propose any other activities you would like to do during your shoot! Here are some other ideas of winter fun

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Be Flexible 

The weather is unpredictable in the winter months, which means that your shoot may have to be canceled due to a storm. If this is the case, remember that you wanted your shoot to be comfortable and enjoyable, which would not happen during a storm. 

It is important to look ahead at the weather predictions to ensure that you will not have your winter photoshoot during a snowstorm. 

Planning your winter photoshoot is a magical experience. By being prepared with the right clothing and posing ideas in mind, you are guaranteed to capture memories that will last lifetimes.

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