Updated: May 8, 2018
Winter is a magical time of year. The earth is blanketed in snow. The temperatures are brisk. It's a great time to get outside and make some memories. So, dress warm, grab your camera, and take you children outdoors for a winter adventure.
You don't have to travel any farther than your back yard or local park to get great photos of you children enjoying winter activities. Most great photos happen when kids are allowed to be kids. The freedom to run, jump, sled, throw snowballs, build a snowman all of these activities lend themselves to great memories and great photos.
Here are a few basic tips for taking beautiful and creative winter photos:
1) Capture Action....
One way to create a strong and compelling photograph is to show movement. This shouldn't be too hard since kids are notorious for always being on the go. Take photos of them sledding or making snow angels. Let them throw a snowball or two at you (unless they are like my boys and have the tendency to hit my smack dab in the face at lightening fast speeds).
2) Document Childhood Moments
One of my favorite things to photograph is the moments that to me define childhood or even remind me of my own childhood. Eating snow, sledding, fort building, snow ball fights, all of these evoke great memories for most of us and in return create thought provoking images.
3) Change your perspective
Changing how you take a photo can make all the difference. Shoot high, shoot low. Get down on your subjects level, move around. Don't be afraid to try a different angle. It may not work out, but then again it may become one of your favorites.
4) Try something different.
I like to place my focus in front of my subject or take a photo where the whole scene is out of focus. Maybe you could focus in on the sweet cherry red lips of your toddler or the eyelashes that have collected snowflakes. Maybe you want to remember how their hair curls around the brim of their hat or the little muck boots they wore. Focusing your viewers eye to something beyond just the normal snapshot always creates photos that look artistic.
Now it's your turn grab your camera or your phone and go capture some memories of this 2018 winter.