• Mallory Regan

5 Tips for Winter Photo Shoots | Bozeman Photographer | 40 Watt Photo

Winter in Montana is wild, beautiful, and not for everyone. I think it takes a special kind of person to LOVE winter. Personally, it's one of my favorite times of the year. The air is fresh, the sky is bright, and the whole town of Bozeman feels like a snow globe. So why not take advantage of the beautiful scenery by having photos taken? While it is definitely easier to plan shoots in the summer, winter photos are so unique and special. Don't let the cold be the reason that you postpone having photos taken with your loved ones!

I've compiled a list of 5 tips that I've learned over the years to help you plan a successful and fun winter shoot!

1. Brings Layers!

It's Murphy's Law: the day you schedule your photo shoot will be the coldest day of the winter. Juuuuust kidding! However, it's important to be realistic about the weather. It is what it is, so take advantage of the unique look! This is definitely a "steer into the skid" kind of situation.

My biggest tip for logistics and comfort is to bring layers to your shoot. Adding a sweater, scarf, blanket, jacket, or hat is a great way to change up your look without wasting time and losing warmth by fully stripping down.⁠ Don't be embarrassed about bringing lots of options, I don't judge! I'm always happy to offer advice on the spot about what will photograph well and create a cohesive look. Better safe than sorry; so go ahead, grab that extra flannel or cozy sweater!

2. Head for the Mountains

Location is key when planning a winter photo shoot. In general, the mountains stay colder and hold more snow than in town (because #science). To make sure your photos have a "wintery" look, the best bet is to head out of town a little ways. It's worth the extra drive! I'll even share my favorite secret spots with you.

3. Treat Yourself to Hair + Makeup

Winter isn't very kind to our skin. Being outside in the cold for even a few minutes can cause dryness and redness. This is a perfect excuse to treat yourself to professional hair and makeup! Wearing more makeup than usual seems scary but photographs really beautifully, and can help ward off any redness on your nose and cheeks. This goes for men, too! A little concealer never hurt nobody.

4. Don't Be Afraid to Take Breaks

If you feel uncomfortable, it will show on camera. Don't be afraid to say the word if you need to jump in the car for a few minutes to warm up. It also doesn't hurt to bring a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate to warm your hands on a short break!

5. Have Something to Look Forward To

You're all dressed up, so have somewhere to go! Plan to grab a cocktail or go out to dinner after your shoot. Having something fun to look forward to will help you brave the cold and feel confident and excited! Plus, you can't waste those cute outfits. Have a glass of wine for me, yeah?

Check out a few more of my favorite winter photos