I donâ€™t know why more families donâ€™t seek winter family photo sessions. Itâ€™s certainly different from a family photo with the bright blues and greens of high summer, or the saturated colours of autumn, and granted, you need to be a little bit more diligent in playing along with the weather â€“ thereâ€™s a fine line between pink cheeks at -10C and frostbitten noses at -25C. But thereâ€™s something magical and utterly Canadian about being bundled up with scarves and mitts against gently falling snow â€“ and in the case of this almost-impromptu winter session, a treacherous coating of ice so bad we had to be deliberate with every single step!
Of course, it doesnâ€™t hurt when you have a beautiful family, a cute dog, and a great location like Watsonâ€™s Mill in Manotick for your background. I love it when all the elements come together!
Lucky for me, in addition to being charming and lovely and willing to negotiate icy walkways and paths, this family had a great sense of humour, and responsed with good humour to my prompts and suggestions.
And they came with ideas of their own, like recreating a family piggy-back shot from years past. (We had to find a non-icy spot to pull this one off!)
I always know a photo “works” when it makes me smile while I’m editing it. It’s good to know that sisters can be just as much fun as brothers!
The other really nice thing about winter family portraits is that my weekends are usually wide open, so chasing that perfect not-too-cold and not-too-snowy and not-too-messy weather is a lot easier. If you’d like to try winter family portraits, I have all sorts of ideas for great locations – get in touch and book your session today!