Family portraits in winter

14th January 2014
In: News
I know the weather can be grim, but don’t be scared of having a photographer create some outdoor family portraits in winter.
Here are 6 reasons NOT to put it off.

Beautiful light
When the sun is out the light is far better in the winter than in the summer. This is because the sun hangs low in the sky to create a beautiful golden glow. To get this golden light in the summer you have to stay up until about 9pm or leap out of bed around 5am!

Snow adds an extra fun-factor and gives you an opportunity to make your family photos different from everyone else’s. I’m thinking snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels, hoarfrost on the trees.
Even the most mundane locations can be transformed into a winter wonderland that’s ideal for creating beautiful portrait photography.

Find a flexible photographer
If the weather is unsuitable for outdoor photography I simply reschedule the date at no extra cost. I don’t want you to suffer just because of the weather. I don’t see the point in forcing you to have photos that aren’t exactly what you want – I’d rather rearrange the session. I always have other things I can work on, so it’s no bother.

You never know what might happen
I don’t want to be morbid, but I have had a session cancelled because a family member passed away. If the session had been a few days earlier then they would have had a treasured family photo that would have been absolutely priceless to them.

My own father passed away 11 years ago (just before I fell in love with photography) and I only have a handful of small, poor quality, fading photos to remember him by. What I’d give for a lovely wall portrait of all of us together. Watching a little 6x4 photo of him fade away in the lounge is pretty heart-breaking.

Everyone has more time
In the summer you probably have activities planned for most weekends and finding the time for some family portraits can be hard. Similarly photographers are busier in the summer because the wedding season is in full flow. In the winter it’s much easier for you to book your favourite photographer for the date you want.

Snuggly clothing can look great
OK, so it might take a brave woman to wear their favourite dress in the depths of winter, even if it’s sunny. However, I generally advise my family portrait clients to wear long sleeves even in the summer. This is because when you have lots of light coloured arms in the photo it can be distracting and takes the emphasis away from the faces. Faces are ultimately the most important thing in a family portrait and snuggly winter clothing ensures the face is the only bit showing.

So, don’t put off your family portraits, or feel you have to settle for studio photos if they’re not what you’d like. Even in relatively dull light a talented photographer and a little Photoshop pixie dust can create stunning results.

Call me on 0792 358 3658 to find out more.

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