It’s winter in Idaho and in Caldwell we are experiencing record snowfalls. I’m spending about 1 ½ hours outside every time it snows just shoveling off the driveway so I don’t get trapped at home. The supply of snow pictures on social media is endless. Snow on the streets, snow in the driveway, snow covered cars. The snow is everywhere.
During these times most people go indoors and wait for the warmer weather to arrive, but a snowy winter day is a great time to go outdoors for some winter portraits. It's bright and airy and the results are some fantastic winter portraits that have a great dreamy quality to them.
The following images were taken on New Year’s Day after a week of steady snowfall.
For this first image, I retouched the image to create a dreamy feel to the overall image. It took no convincing to get Katelynn to bring her arms into her body for warmth since it was only 15 degrees outside. From there, I just talked her through the posing and got her to relax her shoulder and got that perfect moment.
Not far from this bridge, I found a bench that I thought would work great for a seated portrait. I started posing Katelynn and noticed something that she did with her eyes when I tried to pose her head. It was cute, so I teased her about it. That’s all it took to get her relaxed and laughing.
We finished up at a gazebo nearby. The snow was coming down and even though I couldn’t magically warm up the day for Katelynn, the least I could do was keep her dry. Even though the gazebo blocked some of the available light, we moved around the sides and found the best natural light to create a nice series of images. This is an example with the gazebo framing Katelynn and keeping things nice and bright.
Winter portraits are a fun alternative to being in an indoor studio, and this winter has been a doozy. So if you're interested in braving the cold, standing out in some deep snow and getting some beautiful portraits, contact us to find out more about outdoor winter portraits.