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It may be March and spring vibes are in the air, but let’s get real for a second. We live in the North Country and more then likely we will have more of the fluffy stuff. If you are interested in getting Winter Family photos check out these helpful tips!
Choose Your Location
Location matters for any shoot. You may want a winter session at your own home , at the Carthage Bridge like in the photo above, or Downtown Watertown. Last week, I wrote a blog all about my fav locations for sessions! One cool thing about New York is our four seasons. I’ve had families that book sessions Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer to document the seasons. For my military families, they love documenting the changing seasons and their time in New York. If you choose to do this, please try to pick a location that has warm shelter nearby or has quick access to your vehicle. This will prevent kids, pets and adults from getting uncomfortable during the session. We don’t want sad faces in the photos!
This is an important step, especially for outdoor shoots! No one wants to catch cold taking pictures. Indoor shoots protect against the elements but if you still want to capture those winter time vibes, consider wearing your favorite hat, fuzzy sweater, or snow shoes to get that special seasonal feeling.
Select Your Theme
Photo shoots always go better with a theme! You can go for something fantastic and magical with a winter wonderland theme! You can get hilarious action shots with a family snowball fight or a jump for joy! In this shot, the family decided on pinks, reds, and black to have some coordination in their wardrobe.
How about a family flannel shot with everyone posed in their favorite flannel? The options are endless!
We all know how difficult and dangerous traveling during the winter can be up here in the North Country, so it is very important to drive safe on your way to and from the shoot. Try to schedule your appointment with a little bit of time to spare so you aren’t rushing to make it to the shoot. The roads are full of surprises and we want you all to be safe this season!
Enjoy some hot chocolate
If you decide to have your photo session Downtown Watertown, you can park at my studio and on your way home, you can stop inside for shelter and Hot Cocoa. If we are on location. I will often bring a thermos of Hot cocoa or I recommend to my clients to bring a warm beverage they love.
My thermos will be filled with some sort of tea. My fav is Chai!
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Location, location, location! The right location can be just the thing to take your photos
with Sarissa Melissa to the next level. So, I thought I’d post my Top 5 locations to give all
of you some ideas for Sessions that are the right fit for you.
There are many benefits in having your session in the studio. Firstly, we don’t have to worry about weather (unless a winter storm makes it unsafe to travel to the studio.) Speaking of winter, having a session in the studio means everyone stays warm and toasty.
The best reason to have a session in the studio is the ability to plan out all the details of your session and get creative.
From various backdrops, creative lighting, to making a stage for your little’s birthday session or newborn session. Getting creative in the studio also means taking your images, and turning them into composite images that look just like a fairytale!
THE JEFFERSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Jefferson Historical Society (Paddock Mansion) is one of my all time favorite places to photograph families, seniors, models. The grounds keepers do an incredible job with the landscaping and care of the gardens.
The best part is this beautiful location is conveniently located next door to my studio. It is also an ideal outdoor shoot location during months when the weather is unpredictable since there is shelter nearby.
Some of the best shoots I’ve ever done have been in people’s homes. Sessions at home tend to be a more comfortable and natural setting especially for families especially the kiddos!
Our homes are where we build our lives and grow our families, what better place to express your family’s bond than your own home? Plus a huge bonus… you’re setting will be absolutely unique to you!
I have had the joy of photographing families at their home playing on the jungle gym, kids packing a box for dad who is over seas, and a mom snuggling up to her baby in a colorful tutu.
This is a easy location to find that has plenty of room to roam about for photos!
Thompson Park is ideal for clients with pets or small children. Plenty of space in the great outdoors and you can treat yourself to a visit to the playground or the Zoo afterwards!
Thompson park is a great location all year long! It’s perfect for summer, winter and fall photos. Thompson park is a stunning location in the fall!
Downtown Watertown is an excellent area for photo sessions! There are so many historical buildings with great texture that will make the subject (you!) stand out!
Places like the Paddock and Library provide many opportunities for amazing shots! And don’t worry about parking because there is plenty of parking at the Masonic Temple where my studio is located and downtown is a short walk away!