I often get requests for sessions in the springtime wildflowers, golden hour portraits in the summer, autumn photoshoots and of course Christmas sessions in November. However, few people plan to book their photo session of the grey and dull months between December and March.
It may surprise you, but I absolutely love winter sessions! Here’s six reasons why:
1. Flattering greens
Let me tell you a secret: Summer greens do not produce flattering tones. During the sunniest hours of a summer day, the forest glares in bright green, leaving a clear colour cast on the skin. As a photographer I know the best workarounds on location and can fix all remaining colour casts when retouching on my computer, but it’s just nice when the greens look lovely and lush straight out of camera. The dark hue of evergreen plants such as pines, holly and moss paired with earthy tones make for my favourite photo backdrop.
2. Clouds acting as a giant diffuser
I will take a cloudy day over the sun at high noon anytime! Whilst I love nothing more than feeling the warmth of the sun of my face, it’s my best friend when I’m wielding the camera. When the sun is high up in the sky, I will pose you to avoid harsh shadows across your face so you will hardly notice what I have done. As a photographer, however, I love the liberty of having the clouds act as one giant natural light diffuser and being able to fire away from every angle. I also believe that this is when I get the best candid photographs of your family or your pets.
3. Not having to stay up until silly o’clock for the golden hour
Please don’t misunderstand the above: As a photographer I do love the sun the endless possibilities that the play with light and shadow gives me. A client favourite is the golden hours which can produce flattering portraits and stunning silhouettes. The best part about winter is that often enough the sun shines after all and we can enjoy the golden hour between 4 and 6 pm rather, when in the summer we would have to stay up until after 10 pm to catch this kind of light. For this reason, I actually recommend clients with younger children, who will struggle to stay up so late, to book in for autumn and winter photo sessions.
4. Creating a multitude of looks with cute accessories
It would look a bit silly if Vanity wore her wool hat in the summer, don’t you think? I absolutely love the opportunities that winter accessories provide, snuggle into a cute woollen jumper, just add a splash of colour with a cute hat or completely change the look of an outfit by adding a scarf or swapping a coat. It’s so much easier to create a wide variety of looks using winter clothing, while the summer we will usually have to find a bathroom for you to change into your next outfit.
5. The very real possibility of a winter wonderland
For me there is nothing more magical than photographing in the snow. If you schedule your session in the winter, we might get lucky. If it’s a snow session you are particularly after, please drop me a message. I operate a waiting list of clients who are after a snow session and as soon as the weather forecast looks promising, I will be making designated slots available to the waiting list!
6. Rain ain’t a problem when you have a Plan B
Alright, I have to admit despite all this we do live on a stormy and rainy island. However, as we start planning our photography session, I will always discuss possible back up plans. One option is to move the session to an indoors location, such as a cute coffee shop. Alternatively, I can come visit you and photograph you within the comfort of your own home – which by the way will look much more photogenic than you think. Alternatively, we can always reschedule for another day – you will of course not lose your deposit if we decide that we need to move your photo session due to bad weather.
By the way, I will be releasing a fantastic Black Friday Sale to my mailing list on the 23rd of November. I don’t want give away too much at this point, but it could help you receive even more value for money on your winter photo session!