I received a question that asked, "how do you get more interesting photos of your kids in the snow? I put my point and shoot camera in my pocket and go out with the kids and the only thing that seems to change from year to year is their snowsuits. I just see a whole lot of white snow!" It's true isn't it! Many years, we spend up to 6 months or more in the snow! (I know our Southern friends are cringing right about now ;) ha!) We usually get snow that sticks sometime early October and then well, it's often 'here' until sometime in April. So taking advantage of snow opportunities with your little ones is an important way to document their life up North. It's a part of our everyday world.
Here I've compiled some tips & tricks for getting better shots of your kids this snow season. Enjoy!
1. It may seem like a simple starter but dress appropriately! That means you too mom. When I went out to capture my kids in the snow for these examples, I dressed just as they did & wore snow pants, a good coat, gloves, a hat and boots (these ones good for up to -30 below). Yes, it will be more cumbersome to run around & take snapshots with all your winter gear on, but it means you will be warmer & happier - which is an important element to the kids having fun as well. Happy mama = happy kids = happy shots!
2. Keep in mind that snow is very reflective. Even on overcast days, you may find yourself squinting when it's too bright. For the professional photographers among us, snow can reflect up to 80-90% or more when it's fresh (and wet!). Be mindful of this when you are photographing your children - give them sunglasses or (for more fun & interesting pictures!) snowboarding goggles :) - if you aren't sure how or where to move them to a spot where they aren't squinting, this is the next best thing!
3. Don't forget to let them run & play! The best expressions come from genuine enjoyment.
4. Think about adding in other elements. Birch trees are abundant up here - so why not plop your kids down on a fallen branch or sit next to one for perspective. Trees are great for that! Imagine if you took a picture of your child each winter, in front of that same tree - year after year you'll see changes in both the tree & your child ... some that may be so subtle you won't even notice until they are both 18!
(On the same token, I do love me some wide open spaces to give the right perspective too! ;) )
5. If your backyard is too small or too cluttered, think about taking your kids to another location where they can safely explore & enjoy the great outdoors. The key is to let them have fun, being themselves. Whether that's playing & laughing or exploring & digging for dinosaur bones ;) only you know what your child loves best ... let them explore their passions outside in the snow too! The most enjoyable memories you'll ever have with them are the ones you capture in your heart.