Photographing your child in the snow
You can smell it in the air; our first snowstorm of the season is just around the corner. I’m really looking forward to photographing our clients’ children (and my own daughter) in the snow, but here are some tips to help you take pictures of your own children in winter landscapes.
1. Dress them colourfully. Snow is pretty…well…white. If you want your subject to pop against a snowy backdrop, then make sure they are festooned in colour. When getting winter clothes, think bright and cheery and that will really help to give life to your winter images. Also, have fun with accessories, like hats and scarves.
2. Choose your time carefully. Avoid the middle of the day, if you can, as light tends to be more intense and cause shadows on the face. Your subject may also find it too bright and you’ll get lots of squinting shots. Choose to do your shoot in the morning or an hour before the sun goes down.
3. Use the snow to help pose babies. If you have a young baby, then there are limited things that you can do with them. One is laying them in the snow, as in the example above. Another option would be to create a “tummy time” roll of snow for your baby to help support her and keep her propped up while you take your photograph. To do this, pack your snow into a roll, lay your baby over the roll on her stomach as you would at home with a towel, and then get down on your stomach and take some cute close ups at the baby’s eye level.
4. Overexpose. In the past, you may have been frustrated by the intense contrast in your snow pictures; that is, the snow was really bright and your subject was really dark. This is because when your camera is choosing an exposure, it looks at the entire scene and what it sees is lots and lots of white space. Therefore, it exposes for that, leaving your subject looking underexposed. To fight this, there are three things you could do: 1) if your camera has a snow setting, use this as it will automatically overexpose and warm up the photo for you; 2) if you have a manual DSLR, then add +1 compensation to the shot (experiment to see if that is enough); or 3) zoom in on your subject and take an exposure reading, then change your settings to reflect the reading and zoom out again to recompose your scene. Also, if you are finding the light too blue in the photo, try turning your colour temperature setting to cloudy.
If you are interested in a family shoot in the show, we’ll be happy to help. Just call the studio to see if we have a photographer available on short notice (020 7042 9777).