Tips for Cold Weather Photoshoots

The busiest time of year for family photos is also the most unpredictable when it comes to weather. Fall and winter in the Shenandoah Valley can bring days where it’s 80 degrees as well as mornings with frost or snow on the ground. Here are some tips we recommend to getting your little ones through sessions on those colder days.

  • Bring tissues! Little noses start to run in even the slightest bit of cold air, so come well-stocked.
  • Check little faces for dried snot, crusty eyes, or leftover breakfast/dinner. It may not be visible at quick glance, but a close-up through the lens will show it all! A quick wipe of their faces before the session begins is always a good idea.
  • If you do not want your child wearing their winter coat in the photos, bring blankets to wrap them in between photos. These are much easier to slip on and off between shots than dealing with coats, hats, and gloves.
  • Offer a reward! There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little bribery to get little ones to cooperate during photos. It could be as simple as a warm bubble bath when they get home. Hot chocolate is also a nice treat after a cold hour of photos.
  • If your littles are extra sensitive to the cold, ask us about location options where there are places to take warming breaks indoors.
  • Plan to do photos in winter gear! Nothing is cuter than winter hats and other accessories, especially for Christmas cards.