March 25, 2024


Embracing the whimsy of winter, a snowy photo session can transform an ordinary moment into a magical memory. However, the enchantment of softly falling flakes and the serene blanket of white come with their own set of challenges. As someone who has navigated the frosty realms of Minnesota’s landscapes for that perfect shot, I’ve gathered a treasure trove of tips to ensure your snowy photo session is nothing short of spectacular. Here are some essential snowy photo session tips to make your winter wonderland dreams a reality, all while keeping cozy and capturing the sparkle of the season.

1. Layer Up in Style

First things first: staying warm doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Opt for layers that can be easily added or removed without disrupting your hair or makeup. Think elegant coats, chic scarves, and stylish boots that complement your outfit. These accessories not only add texture and depth to your photos but also keep you snug between shots. And remember, a pop of color against the white snow can really make your photos stand out—think vibrant maroons or deep blues for that striking contrast.

2. Timing is Everything

The magic of a snowy photo session is all in the timing. Early morning light after a fresh snowfall brings a pristine and untouched canvas to life. Alternatively, the golden hour before sunset provides a soft, warm glow that beautifully contrasts with the cool tones of the snow, creating a breathtakingly romantic scene. Being mindful of the natural light will ensure your photos have that dreamy, ethereal quality.

3. Choose Your Location Wisely

While a winter wonderland scene is picturesque, the location you choose can add an extra layer of magic to your photos. Look for spots with interesting structures, such as bridges or cabins, that can add depth and interest to your backgrounds. Natural elements like evergreen trees can also add a pop of color and texture. Remember, accessibility is key, especially after a heavy snowfall, so select a location that’s safe and easy to reach.

4. Capture the Playfulness of Snow

One of the best parts of a snowy photo session is the natural fun and playfulness that snow brings. Don’t be afraid to let loose—throw some snow in the air, have a gentle snowball fight, or make snow angels. These candid moments often result in the most genuine and joyful photos, capturing the essence of winter’s playful spirit.

5. Pay Attention to the Details

Snow transforms the landscape into a minimalist’s dream, making it the perfect backdrop for capturing the subtle details. Whether it’s the intricate patterns of a knit scarf, the sparkle of a diamond ring against the snow, or the softness of falling snowflakes, these details can add a powerful and emotive element to your photos. Encourage your photographer to zoom in on these moments for that added touch of winter magic.

6. Embrace the Unexpected

Winter weather can be unpredictable, but sometimes, the unexpected elements make for the most memorable photos. A sudden snowfall, misty breaths in the cold air, or even your hair tousled by the winter wind can add a spontaneous and dynamic element to your session. Embrace these moments with open arms and let the natural beauty of winter take the lead.

A snowy photo session is a unique opportunity to capture the wonder of winter in all its glory. With a little preparation and a spirit of adventure, you can create enchanting images that celebrate the season’s magic. Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to have a photo session that’s as fun as it is beautiful. After all, there’s no better artist than Mother Nature herself, and snow is one of her most exquisite creations.

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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