Yes, it’s getting cold but that doesn’t mean you need to hold off until it gets warmer for that family portrait. Some of my absolute favorite sessions happen in the cooler months. Yes even here in Melbourne where the weather is totally changeable there is a heap of good things about winter family portraits sessions
Here are my 4 top reasons why photographing in winter is great.
The soft light through the winter makes everyone look great and it opens up much more of the day to have sessions. Typically the middle of the day is a no go time for portraits but with the sun low in the sky it creates some great opportunities for portraits in spots and locations you normally wouldn’t be able to use in the warmer months.
So many families love going to the beach and guess what… when it’s not summer you get the whole beach to yourself! The normally crowded beaches are pretty empty giving uninterrupted backgrounds which you rarely get in the summer.
Plus urban locations are fantastic options for winter sessions. There are so many spots that you can get some great colour from unexpected locations urban and city sessions are also brilliant this time of year.
Sunset is one of the best times to photograph but in the summer the 8/9pm sunset time isn’t that practical for families with little kids who generally are a bit broken at that time of day. Having sunset at 5.30 means we also can get those just after sunset shots where the light is super soft.
Kids look awesome in winter clothes, you can add layers and all those cute jackets that you spend so much on that will only last one season. And knits look brilliant black and white.
Family is still family
No matter what time of year, a family portrait is a heap of fun and worth doing any time of the year.