Some of my most favorite images come from snow sessions. Dogs who love the snow seem to wear their personality full on for everyone to see. There's no holding back with them and because of that, dog parents tend to smile throughout the session without even realizing it and sometimes even find their inner kid.
When thinking about what to wear for your session, a few of things are the same for snow sessions as they are for fair weather... If you have a black dog, don't wear black. If you have a white dog, don't wear white. And, stay away from large logos or pictures on clothing as we want the first things you see in your images to be dogs and humans not an advertisement for your favorite team or Marvel character.
Because nature shows us lots of browns, tans, and whites during winter, we have the option of keeping things neutral for our taste, or dressing up our images with pops of color. Believe it or not, the farmhouse tans, grays, and creams actually look great in winter scenes, but if you're like me and tend to smile around lots of color, then winter is your season! We still need to stay away from neon colors, but this is the time for color-lovers to have some fun!
The following is a guideline for how to dress for your winter session:
First of all, think layers.
Dressing in layers will not only keep you warm, but will add visual contrast and fun to your images.
Visible layers look great in photographs!
- Think about a collared shirt or blouse under a cozy sweater.
- Winter vests, coats, scarves and boots are so fun visually, and they add a sense of warmth and coziness to your images.
- Ladies, when wearing a coat over bulky clothing, make sure it has a belt or seam line that accentuates your waist, and as an added note, coats with large furry hoods are striking in close-up images.
Hidden layers are pretty much a given during winter outdoor activities in SD.
- Layered socks add extra warmth in the snow.
- Cuddle Duds and Under Armour won't bulk up your outfit.
- Hand and foot warmers in your shoes, your pockets, or your mittens can be just what you need to stay comfortable.
Winter snow sessions are scheduled a little differently due to the fact that, well... it's cold and we need snow.
For snow sessions to be safe for our dogs as well as ourselves we need conditions as follows:
- Snow ;O)
- Temps in the double digits
- Wind chill (feels like temp) must be above 15
At this time of year I have a running list specifically for snow sessions. When the conditions are right I contact those on the list starting with the first person who signed up. If they can't do the session at that time then I go to the next on the list. If someone has to pass on a session for whatever reason, they don't loose their place, as I start at the top each time conditions are right.
If you've always wanted to do a snow session and you're able to make a short notice session work in your schedule, just call and I'll get you on the list. :O)