Family Session in the Snow- Helpful Tips

If you’ve heard of Bear Lake its most likely stories about visiting the lake in the summer.  The bright blue waters, the comfortable warm temperatures and all the fun outdoor activities to fill a whole weekend.

But Bear Lake in the winter is equally charming and beautiful.  Families come to the mountains to enjoy a warm and cozy cabin after a day on the slopes, or trail riding with snowmobiles.
Planning a photo session during a family vacation is fast becoming a favorite choice to preserve fun memories.

So if you are scheduling a winter photo session, here are some tips to help make it successful.

  1.  Dress kids warm, especially if you don’t want to wear coats for your pictures.  Have kids in layers to help keep them warm; extra shirts, thermals, wool socks.  Maybe winter hats for the little ones.  And definitely have boots on everyone to keep feet warm and dry.

2.  Consider trying small hand warmers in pockets.

3.  Plan on being quick.   Prepare the kids ahead of time that if they follow the directions of the photographer, then they will be through the session quick and back in the warm car.

4.  Have a blanket prop to warm up in.

5.  If you are wearing coats for your photos, avoid bulky ones.

6.  Keep within a color palette.    When a family says, “come as you are” it looks that way, and the photos don’t have a level of polish that they could.  I like to tell clients to pick a main color and a coordinating color, and lastly a neutral.  For example, I’ve liked red, blue and gray.  Or pinks, navy and white.  Or blue, navy and tan.
One family I photographed came with florescent yellow as the main bold color.  I would not recommend florescents.  They just don’t photograph well and they bounce their color off everything.

7. Also with snowy pictures, be aware of how much white your family is wearing.  Too much and your group will be lost with the background.  White is fine to wear, but maybe under a jacket, or as a scarf.  I find dark tones work best with snow and your family will pop.

So next time you’re in Bear Lake, consider scheduling a quick photo session, and have the beauty come home with you.

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A summer recap

With work quieting down I can finally do a Bear Lake summer recap of all the people I photographed and the places I’ve been.
What was I up to?

I met 48 groups this summer, with 29 of them just in July!  Lots of families.

I met families at the lake.

 

I met families in the mountains.

I met families at their rentals.

 

I met wedding celebrations.

And helped celebrate some 50 year wedding anniversaries.

In all I photographed over 1250 people!

A huge thank you to all my clients and families that had me be a part of their Bear Lake vacation.

 

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Makenna and Jacob | Bear Lake Utah Wedding

Congrats to Makenna and Jacob on their beautiful wedding.  It was a lovely day to have a Bear Lake wedding.  Guests stayed the weekend at Legacy Beach, a resort right at the lake, with plenty of room for an indoor reception, outdoor wedding and dancing by the lake.

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Summer beach session at Bear Lake

I loved working with this family of older kids, and they were game for anything and put up with my crazy ideas to get them to laugh.  And the Bear Lake weather was perfect, just the right amount of clouds on this beautiful morning.

Bear Lake family session

What does a single family session at the beach get you?  Lots of hugs and smiles.

I only have a few weekends available in September and October.  If you’ve been wanting to book family photos at Bear Lake I would love to meet with you.  Shoot me an email and we can make some plans.

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