Why You Should Have Family Photos Taken in Winter

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I was talking with a family I photograph regularly when the mom mentioned that next year she wants to do a summer family photo session. Last year she did fall, and the year before that we did winter. It got me thinking. Each season in the Pacific Northwest has so much to offer. So in a four-part series, I will share the benefits (and things to consider) of having your family photos taken each season. Let’s start with why you’ll love family photos in winter.

Winter Sunsets are truly gorgeous (and they are early!)

When you have little ones who go to bed early, the benefit of early sunsets during the winter makes this a great time for family photos. Take advantage of those gorgeous winter evenings without keeping the kids up to 9pm (like you would have to in summertime). Of course, sunshine isn’t a guaranteed as frequently as in summer, but it is worth the wait if you’re able to be flexible with your session date.

boy catching snowflakes during Seattle winter family portrait session

Snow makes a beautiful backdrop and fun activity.

Who doesn’t love playing in the snow. With the mountains just a 20-30 minute drive you can have your family photos taken in a winter wonderland! Plus, the snow also offers a fun activity of snowball fights! What kid wouldn’t be up for family photos when it means getting to throw snowballs at dad during the session?

Considering snowy family photos on the Snoqualmie pass? Here are 5 Tips for Magical Photos in the Snow.

The slower pace of winter makes for less stress for your family photos.

Fall is a busy season for everyone. From school activities to preparing for the holidays, it can feel stressful trying to fit in a family photo session (don’t get me wrong, it is always worth making time for family photos). January and February are typically quieter months meaning more free time and less stress for you.

Alpental winter family portrait session

Winter family photos are not for everyone.

Now while I may love the beauty that a snowy backdrop offers, winter family photos are not for everyone. If you have a child (like I do) who gets cold very easily, this might not be the best option. Also, if you’re not a fan of rosy cheeks, hats, gloves, and scarves in your pictures, I suggest sticking with a warmer season.

Getting to the pass for winter family photos also may require snow tires or chains. Planning a trip to the Snoqualmie Pass may mean going off the beaten path since weekends the pass is full of skiers, snowboarders, and tubers!

It’s good to consider the seasons with all their positives and negatives – but if you want photos now, don’t wait. Your family right now can make any season the best season.

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