You are dreaming of the beautiful Lapland landscapes, covered with a thick layer of snow, the ultimlate winter wonderland. But beyond the dream... How should you dress for a photoshoot when temperatures drop below -20°C?! No panic, Marion to the rescue! Here are some tricks to fight the cold.
1. The Onion tactic :
You've probably already heard it, to fight the cold, the onion technique is the best! The trick is to favor several thin but warm layers, rather than one thick layer. This applies to ALL parts of your body.
2. Thermal underwear :
The first layer is the most important. Especially for your photoshoot, since this layer allows you to wear pretty clothes on top. Your first layer must be skin tight, with a thin and warm material. Your thermal underwear must include:
A long sleeve thermal tee-shirt
A thermal legging (underpants)
A pair of socks
3. The mid-layer or "photo layer" :
This layer is the least important, so you can wear pretty clothes over the thermal layer for your photoshoot. I advise:
Pants or jeans. If you're feeling extra fancy, a skirt or dress with warm tights.
A nice sweater.
A beanie or headband to protect your head from the cold. If temperatures drop below -20°C on the day of your photos, you can wear a choker (scarf) under your hat.
Wool gloves for photos, and mittens for the in-betweens. Sports mittens are not very pretty, so for photos, nice gloves or wool mittens are great. If you don't have nice gloves, you can borrow some from me for the photoshoot.
Wool socks over your first pair of socks. (I insist on these wool socks, it's essential!) The best wool socks are those knitted. This is why Finns knit a lot...
Water-repellent shoes, with a warm material and one or two sizes above yours. It's important that your foot is not tight in your shoes, even with your two pairs of socks. If your foot is tight, you will sweat, which must absolutely be avoided to fight the cold. I advise the shoe brands Sorel or Luhta.
4. The protective layer :
You will put on and off this layer many times during your photoshoot. Very often ski clothes have fluorescent colors. The photographer's worst nightmare! It's really not flattering and very difficult to edit. Some fluorescent details are not a problem since they can be retouched on Photoshop. The whole garment shouldn't be fluorescent. If you have nice ski clothes, then it's perfect! This couple, wore a white coat, a grey/black coat (the man had removed his fluorescent green hood) and black ski pants. The result is great even with their ski clothes!
This couple wore coats and ski pants with soft colors, as well as pretty sweaters under :
5. What about the children?
Adlutes are more tolerant to cold than children. If an adult is cold, with some courage, it should be fine. On the other hand, a cold child is a crying child, and that's quite normal! The same onion tactic applies to children. It is important that they have a water-repellent protective layer, they will play in the snow during the photoshoot. If you want some family photos with fancy outfits, dress your children with several under layers before putting on a sweaters. We will be quick to remove the coats and take the photos, and then put them back on real quick. This family was brave and dropped their coats for a few minutes. The result is a nice family photo with harmonious colors.
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