We finally got our first and probably our last BIG snowfall for the year in Northern Virginia. Some people got as many as more than a foot of snow. So why not capture your kids in the beauty of a winter wonderland. Forget the white seamless paper – use snow to create an amazing portrait of your child(ren). Snow can serve as a great backdrop for this, but it must be evenly lit and most importantly, WHITE. One of the biggest things I hear about snow portraits from fellow moms is the snow was yellow or blue.
Happy kids make for beautiful photos. Cold, wet kids aren’t happy kids. When shooting a portrait or candid in the snow, make sure your kids are dressed for snowy weather. No one wants to smile while trying to ignore a frozen bottom. Don't forget your own comfort, either. I recommend fingerless gloves. They'll keep the core of your hand warm, yet giving you access to press the shutter button. Don't over dress and sunglasses may also be a great addition.
Get Out Early
We all know that the light is gorgeous at the end of the day, however the opposite is true for snow portraits. The snow might not be as gorgeous by the evening. Get a similar effect early in the morning when the snow is more likely to be pristine.
Let Them Be Kids
It snowed...allow them to have fun. Give your kids permission to goof off while you take pictures of them. More than likely, you’re shooting with a digital camera, so it’s not like you’re wasting film. Oftentimes the best image ends up being an unexpected candid shot. Play time gives you genuine laughter and smiles you can’t recreate in a pose.
Give Kids Props
When you’re capturing playful snow candids, give your kids props. Snow toys, chalkboard signs, silly hats and ribbons keep little hands busy and help you come up with cute and creative poses on the fly. Look at the snow as a prop in your final image.
Be Aware of Footprints
As you’re walking through the snow, keep in mind your intended shot. Be careful that you do not walk through an area that you hope to include in a future shot…unless footprints are the intended purpose.
Warm Your Camera Up Slowly
Warming your camera up to fast can cause condensation to form inside your camera or lens (this can be a serious problem if you're a professional photographer). The best way to eliminate this threat is to place your gear back into your bag and close it up before bringing it in and allowing it to sit for a while before opening it back up again. This allows your camera, to slowly warm up to room temperature.
Tamieka is a Northern Virginia Photographer in Woodbridge specializing in family, maternity, and military photography.