There's just something about winter family photos in Colorado! The psychotic weather here makes it nearly impossible to plan too far ahead, and to be honest, that is part of the fun. Technically, this wasn't even a winter photo session (it was mid-November) but in my mind everything in the time period after the leaves are gone and before spring arrives counts as winter. 😉
One of the toughest times for photos is when it is dry in the winter. Without some planning, you run the risk creating photos that lack color and interest. Snow makes things look bright, clean, and beautiful, but the endless, brown, deadness of winter can be hard to overcome. Some of that can be remedied by adding color back with outfit choices, but the location plays a huge part as well. When I am planning winter sessions with my clients, I offer locations that look great with or without snow, so that we will be prepared either way. Something as simple as choosing a location with pine trees instead of an area with only skeleton trees makes a big difference! Pine trees look amazing year-round, and can give winter photos some much-needed interest. Using areas with buildings or architecture are also a great choice because they tend to look great all the time.
Matt, Jess, and their kiddos ventured out to my farm in Kiowa for their family photos this year, and we had a warm and dry evening that ended with a BEAUTIFUL sunset (no joke, keep scrolling to see it!) The farm works well year-round because the red barn gives us a much-needed pop of color, and the golden hour sun turns the open fields of brown grass into something beautiful.
I always love my sessions with this family, and I am so proud of the photos that we created this year! Hess fam: thank you so much for trusting me with your family photos every year - love you guys! ☺️