Winter in Lake Tahoe is prime time for family photos (for those of us who love the snow). Read these four tips for making the most of your Lake Tahoe winter family portrait session.
1. Hire a pro.
Before you try to set up a phone on timer to get a photo of the fam, STOP.
The value of hiring a professional photographer extends beyond the (multiple) awesome photos you’ll get of your family. Embarrassed by your crazy family and don’t think you’ll be able to wrangle everyone in for a session? Think again. We’re pros. Which means we’ve seen it all. Uncomfortable relationship dynamics, sibling fights, challenging partnerships—we get it, and we’ll do our best to make sure everyone feels at ease in front of the camera. Take a breath, we’ve got this.
2. Check the weather…and plan for it to change.
Before you plan your shoot, check out where the weather tends to fall on the day you’re aiming for…and know that it could very well change. Things we know for sure: it gets darker (around 4:30 p.m.) and colder earlier in the day. Book your session for as early in your vacation time that you can – it will allow for some flexibility in the case of inclement weather. Plan to book your session around sunrise or sunset, and bring hand and foot warmers if you tend to get cold. Want extra warmth? Bring a blanket—it makes for a cozy prop if you choose!
3. Dress appropriately.
I can’t believe I have to say this, but dress warm. If there’s snow on the ground, you’re going to need a warm coat, hats, gloves, and layers. Make sure your shoes or boots are waterproof to keep your feet warm. Whether or not you decide to keep all your layers on for the shot is up to you, but chances are, we’re going to head to a snowy area with a beautiful backdrop, so come prepared.
If you follow me on IG, you know that #lifeishard, especially when you’re a kid. More so than with summer sessions, kids are impatient in the winter. They’re cold, it’s possible you’re also cold, and they’re likely to to be fussy about it. Bring snacks or their favorite toy to keep them comfortable and happy. I don’t recommend trying to force good behavior or smiles—some of the best shots come from letting kids be kids: walking around, (9 times out of 10) tripping and falling, picking things up, and coming to their people for comfort. These authentic moments feel less stressful for the entire family, and they look way better in photos, too.
Looking for a Lake Tahoe photographer for your winter family portrait session? Check out my portrait packages and reach out to book your session.