After living in Minnesota for 23 years, you learn to appreciate the beauty of winter (well, either that or you move). While snow-filled scenery might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of picture-perfect family photos, I promise you family photos in the winter can be so fun and special! Here are a few tips to help guarantee that your winter family session will go smoothly.

Dress for the Weather

This can mean wearing lots of cozy layers (think sweaters and cardigans if it's not too cold), but more often than not it means wearing actual jackets, hats, boots, etc. You definitely don't have to "match," but I'd recommend sticking with as many neutral colors as possible.

Keep Moving

The key to staying warm is lots of movement, and bringing an activity (like a sled, skates, building a snowman, etc.) can help the kiddos to stay warm and distract them from the colder weather. Even if you don't bring or plan an activity, there are lots of movement-based prompts that I will use as your photographer.

Bring a Cozy Blanket

You can either wrap up in your blanket or use it to sit on (or both). In addition to getting some super cute photos, it will help keep you warm and dry.

Plan for a Shorter Session

I usually recommend a 30 minute session for the winter family photos, simply so the kids don't get too cold, but never fear! We will likely get LOTS of great content within those 30 minutes.

Be Flexible

This can be a hard one, but sometimes with how the Minnesota forecast is, we have to switch dates at the last minute. I try not to do family sessions when it's below 30°F, so when I see the weather is supposed to be 35° and sunny the day before your scheduled session, I'll give you the option of switching dates. It doesn't always work out, but when it does it's worth it.

End With Mom & Dad

After taking group photos and individuals of the kids, I always like to end my sessions with a few photos of just mom and dad. These are so sweet and worth it, and as a bonus your kiddos can either snuggle up in blanket and watch or, if it's too cold, go sit in the car to warm up!