By February most of us are getting sick of winter. There is a big temptation to just to stay inside and wait for spring. After all, it isn’t that far away. But this time of year presents some unique photography opportunities like no other season. Plus getting outside helps the winter pass a little quicker. That being said the weather changes very quickly. It is best not to spend a lot of time worrying about it. Just get outside and start taking photographs.
These two couples were photographed on separate weekends in February. Both sets of photos were taken in the woods near my home. It is an old sugar bush with lots of big maples and many old tractor trails winding through the bush. The trails are sheltered, and the wind is never a problem. It is a great place to go for a walk. In the summer the trails are overgrown with tall grass and weeds but they are perfect in the winter.
Shawna and Adrian were the first couple. The weather forecast had said sunny and cloudy that day but things didn’t work out, instead, it was snowing pretty hard. This was not in the forecast when we scheduled the photos but Shawna and Adrian were good spirits and were ready to go regardless. On the plus side, it was not too cold and fresh snow is always nice. The light that day was very soft. There were almost no shadows at all.
Evelyn and Nick came the following weekend. The lighting this time was totally different. The sun was out and the temperature was up to 4 or 5 degrees. It was a beautiful day to be outside.
Although there was no new snow in the woods the area was still largely untracked.
We were out in the early afternoon, the sun was low in the sky giving long shadows and really beautiful light. The snow reflects the light in all directions. It is like having a big fill light. The trees are casting long shadows but there isn’t too much contrast.
I like photographing couples having fun. To me, it is way more important to show couples enjoying each other's company than it is to get the perfect photo.
We have plenty of winter in Kingston, so dress warmly and go outside and take advantage of it.
If you're interested in doing a fun couple photoshoot, contact me and let's have a chat. We could set something up in any season you'd like even if it's winter!