- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015 - Millcroft Inn & Spa
So fi and I recently did our winter session of e-pics (we will also be doing summer ones). We thought that pictures in the snow looked beautiful and when our photographers offered to do a free second e-pic shoot, we jumped at the chance. We brought a blanket and dressed up (what we thought was) warm. Let me tell you, neither of us have had to endure such uncomfortable conditions and I think our photographers realized that they were in a bit over their heads….
We arrived at the location, and it seemed like the perfect day out! The sun was nice and bright, reflecting off the snow and we were so excited to get some really nice pictures. When we got out of our car, we joked that it was going to be chilly and then noticed our one photographer wearing (I kid you not) full snowboarding gear sans helmet and gloves. As we walked into the open field, we started to realize that it was really windy out and fi was quickly turning red. We had never asked how long the shoot was going to take. They typically charge a hefty price for a 2 hour shoot so I had figured about an hour or so. Well, let me tell you once we started hearing about ideas of pictures in the dark with bright flash behind us and whatnot, I think both fi and I started panicking a bit. There was still an hour before sunset and at least 2 hours before it would be dark out.
We tried to go for those nice romantic pictures of us laying on a blanket in the snow and ended up soaked! The snow was up to my thigh (!!!) and when we layed down, we had a really hard time getting back up which resulted in snow everywhere and a soaked blanket that we had to lie on again. We also had plans of taking off our coats for a few quick shots in our nice sweaters and scarves but after about 45, we could barely feel our hands, toes, etc. Try as we did to brave the weather, I had to take a break. Cue the shot of us running back to the car and putting bare feet up to the heaters in the car (we probably looked ridiculous!). The only thing that made us feel better throughout all of this is that while our one photographer was extremely prepared, his partner was dressed even worse than we were! We had a good laugh when this was discovered and the freezing cold photographer realized that snow pants and boots were perfectly within reason.
I hate to say this but we cut our shoot short. We got some absolutely amazing shots and knew that we werent the only ones suffering, which made the decision easier. (After all, it isnt very easy to operate a camera with frozen fingers, and its harder to operate one with gloves on) If we had known what it was going to be like, we may have dressed differently (although I had on 2 pairs of pants and my nice snowboarding socks!), or we may have waited for a slightly warmer day. Despite the setbacks, we decided that it was absolutely worth it!
Some tips for any of you attempting winter e-pics:
1. Dress warmer than you expect to! As time goes on, the cold seems colder and colder. You dont do much moving around either, which makes it seem like you are just awaiting a cold, dismal death 😛
2. Bring a sleeping back AND a blanket: In hindsight, we would not have gotten quite so wet and cold if we had laid down a sleeping bag first and then nice blanket to lay on. Plus we would have actually been able to use both to wrap up in as we walked from location to location.
3. Bring a hot drink: We were running late and didnt make it to grab our drinks however they would have made for cute pictures AND kept our hands warm. (Because we also werent very smart and had no gloves or hats! Part of the first mistake we made)
4. Make sure you allow time & Have the means for a break: I am so greatful that we had the 5 minutes to spare so that we could warm up… I felt refreshed and good to go after giving my body a chance to feel alive again which, in turn, made our pictures afterwards turn out a bit more natural than the ones right before we went into the car. Somehow, shivering and shaking has a way of translating in the pictures as being miserable and there is nothing romantic about that!
So, was anyone else brave enough to do a winter shoot? How did you manage?!