What to wear during your winter family photography session

November 23, 2021

Winter photography sessions hold a special place in my heart. The physical and emotional connection you get by snuggling closer, the fresh snow that looks like a blank canvas, and the snow-covered landscapes can be stunning. However, it can be tricky when dressing for a winter shoot. On one hand, you want your family to look amazing and on the other, you have to make sure everyone is warm. 

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To help ease your mind and give you some ideas, we have created a list of what you should wear and be prepared for during your next winter family photography session. 

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Layers are your Best Friend

Layering is one of the best things you can do to prepare for your family's winter shoot. Not only will wearing layers keep you warm, but they are fun to play around with and they look good. Layers are a great way to add a pop of colour and bring your photos to life; they have the potential to provide an eye-catching contrast and visual interest to your photos. 

Additionally, by adding nice layers to your outfit you can adapt to how the weather changes. This can allow you to modify your photos by using a different mix of layers in each picture.

Photo: Hannah T Photography
Photo: Dawning Photos
Photo: Dawning Photos

 Hidden Layers will Keep You Warm

Visible layers are great for your photos, but hidden layers are solely focused on keeping you and your family warm. Winter photography sessions can involve a long time outside, walks, and scouring for that perfect backdrop. Having hidden layers is perfect to make sure your family isn’t running for the hills five minutes into your session. Although staying warm is a necessity, make sure you stay away from adding bulk. 

A great way to add an extra hidden layer to your outfit without drawing attention is by wearing extra socks, thin layering such as a tighter tank top or a long-sleeved shirt or if you can wear cotton/thermal tights under your pants. 

To avoid the bulky look, females should wear jackets that don’t give off a boxy look; instead opt for something that flatters your gorgeous figures (belts or tapered coats are great), and avoid itchy clothes like wool sweaters or scratchy jeans. 

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Photo: Haley Maria Smith Photography

Accessorize..Accessorize... ACCESSORIZE

One of the best things about the winter season is the amazing accessories that can be paired. Accessories will not only keep you and your little ones warm, but it's a great way to spice up a shoot. If you want to add a pop of colour to your photoshoot, kids are the best way to do that! Adorn your little one in a solid colour such as a red hat, or brightly coloured booties. If you and your partner are feeling adventurous, take a big step forward and do the same to yourselves with a solid coloured scarf, cute mittens, or fun hats. 

Photo: Haley Maria Smith Photography
Photo: Dawning Photos

Bring a Change of Clothes

Kids are exciting roller coasters with their up and down mood swings, so you should be prepared. Chances of your kids spilling something or getting their outfits dirty running around is very likely; having an extra outfit or two will act as your best friend to avoid these mishaps showing in the photoshoot. 

Additionally, a change of clothes can act as comfort on a cold, winter day. Throughout the trek to get that perfect back-drop for your family session, you may end off with wet socks or pants, and having a warm set to crawl into afterwards or during is amazing. If you or your kids are cold, wet, and uncomfortable it will show in your family pictures. 

Photo: Hannah T Photography

At the end of the day, your winter wonderland family session is about building lasting memories for your family. On that account, focus on enjoying your day with your family and have tons of fun in the snow, because these family photos are what you and your kids will fondly look back on for years to come. 

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