How to Prep for a Successful Winter Photo Session | A Photographer’s Top Tips

I know people are afraid generally of doing winter outdoor sessions because midwest weather can be super unpredictable, so here are a few key tips to help you prepare for a successful winter photo shoot.

Tree Farm Winter Photo Session | Jen Madigan Photography

#1: Dress Smart in Light Layers

Embrace the cold with style! Opt for light layers, such as Heat Tech, to stay warm without sacrificing fashion.

Explore affordable Heat Tech options for all ages:

I swear by these because they keep you warm, but don’t add a ton of bulk.

#2: Timing is Everything

Consider mini sessions lasting 15-20 minutes to keep everyone comfortably warm, while still capturing those winter moments.

#3: Cozy Essentials

Bring handwarmers, bundle up in blankets, etc. You can find cute wintery blankets (think plaid, cozy fur/sherpa style) that will look super cute wrapped around you and your little family!

#4: Set Realistic Expectations

Know your limits! If your little one isn’t a fan of the cold, or if age is a concern, weigh your options. Winter may not be suitable for everyone, so trust your instincts and consider indoor alternatives.

Winter outdoor sessions may pose challenges, but the results are worth it! Stay flexible, plan for unexpected weather, and reward yourselves with hot chocolate after capturing those unforgettable moments.

Jen Madigan Photography is a Shorewood, IL and Iowa City, IA based family & newborn photographer available for travel worldwide.

 I would love to tell your family’s story through photos! Contact me for details and to book your session!

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Jen Madigan is a based Chicago based newborn photographer. Serving Chicago and the western suburbs including Naperville, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Oak Brook, Western Springs, and Wheaton.

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