February 22, 2018 2 Comments
How to shoot winter portraits? Lets start with stating that winter is a fantastic season for outdoor portraits. The snow has a majestic quality, it is often overcast (great for portraits) and provides an alternative to capturing winter purely with the landscapes.
As a winter photographer, I usually go out looking for that special location to capture. A tree alone in the middle of nowhere, a frozen waterfall, winter features like icicles or winter sports. But there are people who want nice photos and beloved memories, without going to a studio. This provides us with another opportunity for enjoy winter through the lens.
So how do you shoot winter portraits? Here are some tips to help you through your next winter portrait session.
Usually, people feel a little bit tense at first, looking at the camera constantly, with forced and unnatural smiles. That’s not what we are looking for as photographers. The spontaneity and connection between the photographer and model enhances the enjoyment of the shoot and ensures some funny and beautiful shots. As a result, they become funny and beautiful memories.
I hope those tips help you to create some amazing winter portraits. Maybe you will not become the winter photographer of the year, but with with inspiration, creativity and some tips, you can enjoy your photography during the winter.
My final words, just enjoy, practice as much as you can which means taking your gear with you every time you go out. Explore and good luck with taking some awesome pics.
– Joshua Miravalles Gómez
Joshua Miravalles is a social, lifestyle, travel and landscape photographer based in Bilbao, Basque Country. Joshua works specially with natural light, and loves to travel with a focus on winter destinations. Josh takes great pleasure in planning the journey and imagining the final picture which can been realised with projects such as “Etxebarri, along the time”, a small project about the changes of a town over the years.
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