Brrr it’s cold outside! Maternity Shoot in the Winter

Shooting in different states, seasons and locations I need to be prepared and ready for any weather conditions. Multiple photo shoots in the Minnesota winters I was able to learn some best practices tips to carry along in shoots when needed. Recently I shot a maternity session (bonus, with a pup) in a white snow forest where I learned more new tips about weather outdoor shooting.

The shoot was taken at Kaplan’s Woods in a small town of Owatonna (my hometown to be exact), south of Minneapolis, with my great friends Jennifer and Tony. They make look familiar to you as I have done their engagement and wedding photos too! Back in the day Jennifer and I used to be on the Owatonna High School cheerleading squad (Go Huskies!). One of my key tips when shooting outdoors in cold weather is to keep the shoot periods quick with multiple breaks, that way the couple doesn’t ever get too cold and can stay comfortable (no one wears a big coat anymore in the snow, doesn’t look as pretty!). This also helps to keep the pink nose and cheeks to a minimum.

With the puppy at this photo session I took out a blanket to lay on the ground in order for her to sit (no one wants their bare bum on snow!) and also brought doggy treats! The new tip when shooting with dogs is to have the couple hold treats in their hands in order for the dog to pay attention and look where needed.

So a couple of my shooting tips there for you! The smallest things can make a shoot go a long way. Enough said, here they are!