As I write this post we are in the beginning of our winter. There is snow on the ground and the change of season is exciting. (It will likely get old in a couple months and I will be ready for a change back to warmer weather, but for now I enjoy it!) Winter is one of my favorite seasons to photograph my kids. Everything has a bit more magic to it when there is snow on the ground and snow in the air. These winter photo tips will inspire you to get out in the snow and take better winter photos of your kids.
Actionable tips to get you outside snapping winter photos of your family
Add color in wardrobes
Much of the scene in winter can be monotone. The clouds are white, the snow is white, often the trees are covered in white. Add pops of color to your photograph through the clothes your children and family members wear. This can include a colorful scarf, hat or jacket. It might also be your child’s snow boots, snow pants, or even their sled. Add color wherever you see fit, but remember a little goes a long way. You don’t need to add color all over the place, just a couple pops of color sprinkled in will do.
Like I mentioned above, it can be important to break up the monotony of a winter photo. Look for contrast in your scene. A lone pine tree, a fence, or any other darker element will give you the contrast you are looking for.
Encourage your kids to have fun and just play. These will be the best photos. Take an image as they throw the snow in the air. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the snow in the air. Use a wider aperture and focus on your child, allowing the snow to blue a bit while your child’s face is clear. Capturing the snow in the air will add depth and interest to your winter photo.
Look for highlights and shadows
The snow can be extremely bright when the sun is out. You can use this to your advantage by using it as a natural reflector as well as looking for shadows and highlights that add dimension to your photograph. The lines shadows make will create a beautiful composition. Play around with this a bit and let yourself move out of your comfort zone a bit.
Break up the white
Sometimes I like to take a minimal approach to photography and add one small element that isn’t white, such as my child in the distance of a large snow field. Another way to break up the white is to include the tree line, a building, or other structure in your photo. There is no right or wrong here. Just look for ways to create a break in your white space.
Show the cold
If you’ve read any of my other posts or been following this photo tips series, you know I am big on using photography to document your life. Adding any element of feeling into your images will bring them to life when you look at them later. Find ways to show the cold in your winter photos. You can photograph your child’s red nose. You can take photos when yo get inside and bundle in a blanket drinking hot cocoa. You might take a photo of your children so bundled they can barely move their arms. Ask yourself, how can I get the viewer of this photo to feel the cold?
It can be a challenge to get yourself and your kids outside in the winter. It often takes longer to get them dressed and undressed than the actual outdoor experience. But you can both benefit from being outside even when the weather isn’t ideal. And you might as work take your camera out with you! Use these winter photos tips to capture the beauty of the season and the joy your kids get from playing in the snow.
What to do now:
Get outside on a snowy day and take pictures of your kiddos. Use the tips above to help you get better photos of your kids and family this winter and enjoy the time together! You can pin this article for later by clicking the Pinterest icon on the side. My goal for you is that you have fun with photography and make it a part of your every day. Tag me on Instagram (@athomewithkidsblog) and show me your favorite photos.
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