Baby it’s Cold Outside: Tips for Winter Photos

Just because it’s frosty outside doesn’t mean outdoor photography is down for the count. Actually, the fog of your breath, frost on your eyelashes and the rouge in your cheeks can be quite appealing. If you’re willing to suffer a little for your portraits, don’t let a little winter get in the way.

Some things to remember:

  • The sun is setting around 4 these days, if you’re planning an outdoor shoot, magic hour is a little easier to come by. A simple google search is all that’s required to find the exact time of sunset in your city. Take a look and plan your shoot about an hour before sunset.
  • Dress for the cold! Work your scarves, mittens, and hat into your outfit and choose clothing that’s got texture and colour, embrace the weather! While you’re at it, you might as well bring along a cozy blanket.
  • Keep moving — it’ll keep you warm, and you’ll get great photos with lots of variety in your poses. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the lens if you’re focusing on having fun.
  • Bring some props. In the winter you have all kinds of fun options, from a warm and cozy cup of coffee to a bundle of string lights or just a pile of snow for jumping into. Pay attention to your surroundings and what you might utilize.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, I’ve been collecting some on my Couples: Inspiration board on Pinterest.

If you’re ready to book a portrait, get in touch!


Fathers and Daughters

My dad, Doug Petry, happens to be a talented photographer. He’s been doing it all of my life.

I can recall all of the hikes we took on family vacations, waiting for him on a bench somewhere while he stopped and took pictures three bends back on the trail. He’s always been a flashlights and photography man –flashlights because gadgets are cool, and photography because any new camera accessory, piece of gear, lens or body — and he would be enraptured for months at a time. No one was safe from his three-hour vacation slide shows, and the walls of the house were decorated with his works of art.

It’s no wonder that I picked up some of those traits. I can see myself being the last one to any summit — three bends back on the trail. Although I’ve moved on from slideshow DVD’s, I have a propensity for blog posts and new websites every few hobbies. I love to share, and I love to get feedback.

It was natural that when Seth and Ann asked me to be their wedding photographer, I jumped at the chance — but only if Dad could be my second shooter. He dutifully took on the role of my number two, happy to put me in charge with only a few humorous jabs at the irony.

Click below to see all the ‘behind the scenes’ pics from the wedding. 😉

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