how to rock a winter photo shoot
How to rock a winter dating photo shoot
Brrr – it’s that time of year when it’s getting really nippy outside, so lots of my clients are asking for advice on how to prepare for their winter photo shoot. Let me start by being honest and saying, winter photo shoots aren’t for everyone. They aren’t for the faint-hearted. It’s not coincidence that I see an uplift in the number of athletes and ironman contestants at this time of year! However, I do also get lots and lots of non sporty clients too, but they all have something in common; they are quite hardy and they are all happy and willing to risk a little discomfort for their greater mission, finding love.
I personally love winter shoots for two reasons. Firstly the light can often be really beautiful if you get the right day – you can’t beat one of those bright, clear, blue-sky winter days, the camera loves it. And secondly, I love the vibe of winter shoots – all fluffy scarves, big coats, leather jackets, mittens, cool hats…. it’s the perfect opportunity to really play around with your accessories. Check out my Pinterest moodboard, “Accessorise your winter shoot“, for ideas.
So here are my top tips. Follow these for a fun shoot full of personality.
1. Wear layers
I always advise my clients to wear layers on winter dating shoots. So they might have thick jumpers/woolly cardigans/chunky sweatshirts over top of shirts, which are over top of t-shirts. We can then strip off and add layers during the shoot to get as many different looks as we can. Winter is the perfect time to showcase that cool leather jacket and that favourite on trend oversize coat.
2. Bring warm props
I recommend clients to bring props or accessories with them anyway, but this is the perfect time of year to show off your favourite scarves and hats. Other warm props you could bring along are capes, blankets or a travel mug full of coffee or, even better, hot chocolate.
3. make sure your feet are warm and dry
So my dad taught me, many years ago when I was a kid, that to stay warm you need to keep your feet and your head warm. Choose waterproof, warm shoes or boots and you’ll find you won’t succumb to the chills very quickly. Most of our shots are from the waist up so when we do a full body shot at your request, you can quickly switch to the shoes that you’d actually like to be wearing in the shot rather than the practical, warm ones.
4. wear thermals
My clients swear by thermals, as do I. They can really help you enjoy the shoot by taking the edge off that chill. You’ll feel nice and toasty underneath so you’ll spend less time thinking about the cold and more time rocking your shoot.
Ready to give it a go? Head over here to book your winter dating shoot.