I have done a lot of video and photo shoots in the winter, so I know that they can be a little tricky for a lot of reasons. The whether is unpredictable, it gets dark early, and great scenery is harder to come by. These are a few of my tips to help you nail a winter photo shoot no matter what!
1. Check the forecast, check the forecast, check the forecast. If it is overcast, you’re going to have great lighting right? Yes, BUT make sure you shoot early enough in the day that you’re going to have enough light. If it’s overcast just forget about golden hour and plan to be shooting much earlier.
2. Brick or stone make a great background. The scenery in the winter looks amazing if it’s freshly covered with snow, but if you’re planning on shooting a specific day with a client, you don’t want to plan your whole photo shoot around
3. Wood also makes a great background. Wood gives a classic cozy Christmas feel even when there’s no snow.
4. Stairs are great. Stairs can be a great place to shoot if there is no snow. They add a lot of levels and texture to a photo, and give you something more to work with than just the background.
5. A small aperture goes a long way. If you’re struggling to find a beautiful background, a small aperture can give you a lot more freedom.
6. Hats are awesome. No one’s hair last very long in a winter photo shoot. I always try to start out shooting without a hat, but make sure my clients have one for later. Plus it adds a cozy, fun, realistic feel to the photos.
7. Use the snow! This may be a given, but if there’s snow, use it!
ps. It’s my model Lisa’s 14th Birthday today so give her a shoutout!