Winter is possibly one of the most magical times where you can capture your most cherished moments. Unfortunately in the coastal climate of Vancouver you may not be able to photograph a snowy scene unless you travel up to the mountains. However, there are still a lot of ways to have a fabulous family photoshoot at this time of year. With chillier weather conditions, it often brings limitations to the kinds of photoshoots you can do- But not to worry, I’ve rounded up my favourite family photo shoot ideas for the winter time, hoping you’ll draw some inspiration from them for your next photo shoot.
Have Fun With Props
Typically, family portraits tend to be a traditional pose in a group and smile sort of thing, but I love to capture the personalities of my clients by having them engage and interact with each other. A great way to liven up any photo shoot is to use props! Think about a fun activity that you enjoy doing as a family… whatever it is you like to do, try incorporating these actives in your photo shoot. By creating a lively environment, you’ll forget that you’re in front of the camera and just have fun!
Embrace the Weather
Yes, it might be cold and wet, and the sun reflecting off the water can sometimes make you squint, but an outdoor setting creates a beautiful backdrop. Take advantage of nature’s background this time of year and don’t be afraid to interact with your surroundings; you’ll love the story it will create in your portraits.
This is a great idea for year round photos, but in winter you can get away with bright pops of color and lots of it! A few great ways to add color to boring black and grey winter jackets is to invest in matching winter scarves, hats and mitts. Mom and Dad can match in a gorgeous shade of cranberry red while the kids dazzle in sapphire blue. Pairing any primary color together will promise complimentary tones, and add lots of personality to your photos. Whatever palette you choose, just be sure you complement one another to create a cohesive look.
If you’re worried about feeling too chilly, try setting up a bonfire to take cozy photos by (or better yet, move inside and gather around your fireplace). The flicker of the flame will cast a warmer tone on your faces and hopefully add some natural rosiness to your cheeks. You can even sip on a few mugs of hot cocoa and have the kids experiment with chocolate moustaches for a silly memory.
As you can see, there are multiple options for creating unforgettable photographs in the winter time. Luckily for you, this means you won’t have to wait until summer to book your family photography session– you can capture these moments right now!
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