“This portrait session was born out of a wish to take full advantage of the abundance of snow we’ve received this winter.
My goal in selecting the wardrobe and accessory items you see here was to create a contrast between their soft, warm hues / textures and the stark winter landscape. Essentially, I wanted to convey a sense that beneath a blanket of snow, the first stirrings of spring have begun.”
Britt’s Photography Tip:
I put a lot of thought into wardrobe and accessory selection for this set. There was a definite feel I was striving for that hinged largely on use of color and texture, along with camera settings that produces soft, creamy backgrounds (via shallow DOF) and an overall ethereal glow.
One of the things I love about use of winter landscapes in portrait photography is the sense of quiet and peace that takes over. Almost like nature is sleeping, and we should speak in hushed tones (soft, warm colors and textures) so as not to disturb her. Another benefit is the way a portrait subject really stands out against the neutral tones of leafless trees, dried grasses and snow.
But I think what I love best about shooting in the winter is the unique lighting provided by the reflective snow. Snow sessions can produce the most even, beautiful light available.
Consider your environment when planning your session. How will the available light affect your subject? Does the environment support the aesthetic you and your client are trying to achieve? Do the chosen wardrobe and accessories contribute to this as well? Which camera settings will provide optimum effect?
By considering these elements in advance and how the different pieces will come together in the final setup, you will find your end results are more cohesive and effective in conveying your intended look and feel.
Britt used a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 lens to capture these images.
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