Outdoor portraits, especially with kids, bring to mind sun-kissed smiles against summer’s gentle green. There’s no doubt that it’s a great season in which to work (for everyone!), but winter portraits have their own beautiful uniqueness. Of course there aren’t flouncy summer dresses tugged by warm breezes, but rosy cheeks and colourful winter wear really pop against muted landscapes.
I went for a walk with friends in the natural environment area near my home yesterday morning. My eldest, bored at one point, simply parked himself in the snow and began munching. I cringed thinking of all the pets and wildlife that use these paths as he pushed handfuls into his face, but also couldn’t resist a quick snapshot.
If you’re planning to go out to photograph your own little one, do take care with the exposure in snowy scenes. Snow’s brightness can fool your camera into making your image much darker than you’d like. If you’ve got the option to set the way your camera reads the light to “spot metering”, and then measure the light on the face, you’ll be telling your camera to ignore all that bright snow and just make a correct exposure for what’s important to you in the image. Another way to adjust for a bright scene is to tell your camera to overexpose the image. If you can adjust “exposure compensation” in your camera you may need to set it up to two stops higher than its default depending upon how much snow and sunshine are in your scene.
With our winter dragging on insanely long this year, you can still make fun and creative pictures outside.