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5 Useful Tips for Photographing in the Snow

Our weather lately has been hit or miss.  One week it’s 70 degrees outside and this week it’s ice and snow.   With times like this, especially during winter time, you have to be quick to take advantage of whatever weather nature throws at you.  This week I took advantage of the snow, and wanted to share with you my 5 useful tips for photographing in the snow.

Tip #1.   You have to get cold.  This seems like a no brainer.  If you shoot in the cold of course you have to get cold.  But you also have to be ready for everything that comes with it.  Here in the Midwest region that means you have to be ready for icy cold wind, freezing temperatures, icy roads as well as snowy and wet ground.  If you aren’t ready for any of these things you might be in for a surprise when you try to hold your camera bare handed for more then 5 minutes outside.   You might not need everything but it’s always wise to bring or be wearing a warm coat, gloves, hat, boots etc.  After this weeks experience I am considering adding a tow strap to the trunk of my car!

Tip #2.  You have to find a willing subject.  As much fun as it is to shoot in the snow and as amazing as the photos will turn out, you still have to find someone willing to venture out there with you.  Thinking about photographing kids outside?  Not a bad idea, just be ready for a quick session and be willing to be flexible with your clients!

Tip #3.  Use the right equipment.   Have you thought through what happens if you fall?  What if it’s snowing?  Can your equipment stand up to being in the elements?  A few years ago I helped photograph a trash the dress session with 7 brides.  There were three photographers there and none of us were prepared for what happened.  It started raining, not hard but constant.  I had an umbrella with me and that was it.  It kept most of the rain off but not all.  I was happy I was using quality gear that day.  It kept anything major happening to my camera and lens.  One of the other photographers wasn’t so lucky, he had a $400 repair bill due to water damage.  Just think it through and be ready for anything!

Tip #4.   Exposure is the key.  Snow is tricky to photograph.  Even on a cloudy sky, 90% of the landscape is pure white.  You have to take care not to blow out your highlights and at the same time not under exposing your subject who is a complete contrast to the white behind them.   Typically I will get an exposure reading from my subjects face through the in camera meter.  If you have a hand held meter then that’s even better.  That’s where I start.  Exposing for my subject I’m able to adjust the exposure accordingly to get the most detail possible from the snow.   For me and how I photograph, it works quite well.

Tip  #5.  Play.  How many sessions do you shoot in the snow in a given year?  If I am lucky I’ll photograph in the snow 1-3 times a year at most.  So when you have the stars align and you have your subject, your location and your gear just be sure to make the most of it.  As long as your subject is smiling away be sure to keep clicking.  Try new poses, new ideas, different outfits and backgrounds.  That way you know you’ll have a favorite to call upon when you need it.

Bonus Tip.  Keep your cell phone charged with a charger in the car.  If this week was any indication this could have ruined my photo session.  After parking in what I thought was a relatively safe spot on the side of the road, I soon realized I might have ended my day photographing.  When we were leaving my subject pulled away safely in their car only to have me stuck with a dead phone in mine.  Luckily for me after about 5 minutes I was able to gain some traction and get out, but if I hadn’t, the rest of our photo session would have been over!

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Christmas

Now is the perfect time to schedule Christmas portraits.  Put it off any later, and you might just miss the deadline for a Christmas delivery.  With the print volume from the photo lab increasing this time of year, production runs 1-2 weeks later.  So plan ahead for those portrait gifts!

Beautiful Weather Everyday

Our attitudes play an important role in our day to day mood and well being.  It all depends on how we want to look at the world and view it that day.  Me, I love when it’s warm, but I love when it’s rainy.  Yesterday was hot and windy.  It made for an interesting session, but one that had a definite uniqueness to it.  With younger children you can only photograph as long as they will allow you.  You have to work quickly, be happy and just go with the flow.  This is one of my favorites from yesterday.

Portraits

What makes up a portrait.  Well for one, there needs to be someone in the photo.  You.  You make a portrait so special.  Without you, it would just be a photo of a background, a place outdoors, or the grass or rocks around.  You give a portrait life, you make it important.  You make a portrait an heirloom.  Something your family will treasure for generations.  You give the portrait a meaning to exist.  Without you, there is no purpose of a portrait.

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Family

Spring break has come and gone.  On it’s way out, it left a little reminder that things are not always for sure.  One week ago today the kids were outside in their swim trunks playing in the sprinkler.  Today they were bundled up in their coats with a fresh layer of snow on the ground.  While they head back to school I sit here thinking about my family.  They are so dear to me and I wanted to share some reasons why:

1.     They bring the best out in me.  Kids especially need help in just about every area imaginable.  They need love, guidance, discipline, patience and a general being there for them.  It allows me to really dig deep within to find out what kind of person I am.

2.     They are so forgiving.  I’m not a perfect person.  I’m far from it.  I get upset, I do things wrong, and sometimes say the wrong things at the wrong times.  But notwithstanding, they still love me and give me hugs at night.

3.     Their smiles and laughs melt me inside.  To hear them upstairs, or in the other room playing and laughing together just makes you happy inside.  When your family is happy, you are happy.

4.     They teach me.  I am being taught every day by my family.  From things I’ve forgotten about school, to being nice to others.  Not a day goes by without a lesson in life.

5.     They are individuals.  No matter what I try to teach or share with my kids, they are their own person.   They are not me, they are not their mother.  They are themselves 100% through and through.  I would never change that for anything.  They are each unique in their own way and they all have their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes just like me.  It definitely makes for some awesome times.

So, if you are thinking about the reasons you love your family like I am now.  Be sure to let them know how much you love and care for them.  Give them hugs, do something special for them.  Don’t let a day go by without expressing to them your feelings toward them.

Wednesday is Drawing Day

Today I’m giving away a 5×5 Framed photo from one of your sessions.  But you have to do a little work to win.  Suggest all your friends to become our Fans on Facebook and I’ll enter your name into the hat.  Next Wednesday I’ll draw from those who entered and announce the winner!  You can earn a second entry by leaving a review of your experience with the studio on the Fanpage.   This allows everyone to enter, past clients, current clients and any complimentary sessions!!!  That’s it, go enter!!!   HERE IS THE FANPAGE

Black Friday

Today is the day that the most dedicated shoppers are waiting for!  Black Friday.  Most of those dedicated shoppers aren’t reading this right now because they are either out shopping, or are home asleep after their early mornings in the trenches.  This year my wife went out early and only shopped at one store, then I in turn at 7am went out and was able to secure everything I needed/wanted!

So today I’m offering a Black Friday special that lasts until Sunday night at midnight for all the sports enthusiasts.  I’m offering an 11×14 sports collage of your favorite athlete (you must be their parent)  for 70% 0ff!!! That makes our normally priced $250 collage only $75.  Take a look at the sample below!

Passion – Love – Commitment

Not only are these three things feelings that I have for my relationship with my spouse.  They are three feelings I have toward the artwork I produce.  It’s been a wonderful journey to arrive to where I am today and I am truly grateful that I have passion, love and commitment to my craft or I would have given up out of frustration years ago.  But enduring through my creative pitfalls and learning techniques that I lacked when I first started, I believe I’ve truly become an artist today.  So when you schedule your appointment, you aren’t just getting someone who thinks they can make a quick buck because I have a fancy camera.  You are getting someone committed to what they are doing.  Someone who is committed to giving you the best experience and the best end result possible.  Don’t be fooled my imitators or newcomers with no experience.  It will save you  a dollar or two to start with, but down the road those feelings of regret and remorse will not bring your irreplaceable memories back for you.

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