Our 2018 family portrait maaay have been done in January 2019. I told you last year it was getting pushed further and further. We had a pretty good reason this time around. I was about ready to pop! After 8 months of misery, I was actually feeling really good towards the end. What better excuse does one need to catch up on much needed portraits! Our 2019 family portrait will look very different!
There’s nothing like surprising your house guests with portraits. Or is that just me? I guess the moral of the story is to always come to Kaitlyn’s house ready to SLAY.
It’s a tradition in the Petry-Jewell home to do a family portrait once a year. I used to make a point of doing them in February, but it seems to keep getting pushed later and later — we did our family portrait this year (above) in the last week of December!
It can be hard to wrangle two people and two pets, especially when natural light is at a premium in the winter months. The above pictures are full of little changes I don’t think about until looking at them in the context of our previous yearly pics (below). Check out the new couch, and a completely different backdrop! Still wish I’d remembered to move that fan…
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!
Two of my dearest friends stopped by recently for a mini photo shoot. We didn’t have a lot of time — or light– to get fancy, so we made do with what we had: a little left over sun and willingness to brave the cold.
Amy and Beth are two lovely souls and it was a pleasure to force them before my lens. I can’t wait to take more photos of these ladies in a more formal setting.
As you can see, Amy is a dancer whose gracefulness and poise is rivaled only by her grin. Beth is a scientist with a serious brain for rocks and silliness and, I think, a budding model, no?
Despite being about as Canadian as they come, I’m not a Tim Horton’s gal. No, my heart belongs to a more delectable, gourmet treat then the pre-made pastries that are sold under that glass counter. I’m a local gourmet doughnut-aholic.
My affections currently belong to Moonshine Doughnuts, sadly, I am very bad at waking up in time to buy them. Lucky for me, this weeks market include the option to pre-order. My hubby and I paid for our doughnuts on Friday and slept in on market day. Truly, the way Saturdays are meant to be spent.
Did you know I take outfit photos every now and then? See more of the outfit details on my blog, Light a Candle.