If you are expecting a winter or spring baby, you may wonder how you can still have beautiful maternity photos even in the cold Vermont winter. This maternity session proves it can be done, and with a little planning, you can document this special time in your life in the beauty of Vermont. (Tip: If you are interested in an indoor maternity session for your winter pregnancy, click here to learn more!)
As a Vermont Maternity Photographer, I know all the tips and tricks for a successful winter outdoor maternity session that will result in beautiful images that you and your children will cherish for a lifetime.
This maternity session was captured at beautiful Knoll Farm, located in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Knoll Farm is home to Icelandic Sheep, organic blueberries, and is a retreat center for important work such as the Better Selves Fellowship and more. My family loves supporting the farm through nourishing our bodies with organic berries and lamb. To learn more about and to support Knoll Farm in their mission, please click here.
1. Be Flexible
You need to be very flexible in your timing due to Vermont weather conditions. We all know that Vermont is snowy, and sometimes it can be super cold! For this session, our originally scheduled date was a low of -20 degrees F, and a high of 1 degree F, which is bitter cold and unsafe conditions to be photographing in for any length of time. The next day was a tad warmer, but very windy, so we finally were able to schedule for a few days later when it was about 30 degrees. This was much more practical so that mama could wear the beautiful dress she purchased, and they didn't look freezing and miserable in their images.
2. Dress For Success
Choosing the right outfit for your maternity session becomes even more important in the winter. We all know that a long flowy dress photographs beautifully, but in the winter, you will need to make sure your dress has long sleeves. You will need to wear winter boots, and it is very helpful to have a blanket or shawl to wrap up in for some of your photos. Hand and foot warmers will be key, and you can even add a cute winter hat to keep as much heat in your body as possible. And bring a warm coat to put on in between shots- it really helped this mama stay warm!
3. Keep Moving
Standing around in the cold is a sure fire way to get cold quickly. Your body creates heat when you move, so that's what we will do! During this session, we walked up hills, moved around, snuggled (the couple, not me!), and just kept it moving in general. We were able to slow down a bit when we were in the sun, as the February light really warmed us up a bit!
4. Keep It Short
Your maternity session includes up to 2 hours of photography. That's my general, year round offering, but during the winter months I work fast to make sure we capture a full gallery of images in just about an hour. i will chat with you ahead of your session to find out what is important to you that I capture, so that when we meet on session day, I'm prepared with ideas and ready to move quickly to keep you comfortable and having fun!
If you are expecting and are interested in a maternity photo session to capture this special time in your life, please reach out now to book your session! The best time for your session is between 28-36 weeks, so don't delay!
Lincoln Gap Photography is a Vermont Family Photographer located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains in the town of Warren and serves all of Central Vermont including Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, Moretown, Waterbury, Stowe, Montpelier, Berlin, Barre, Northfield, Richmond, Williston, and the Greater Burlington Area.