Winter is rolling in some parts of the world and that means shorter and colder days. This also means changing landscapes and more moments to be captured. With these shifts, its more important than ever to be prepared for whatever is going to be thrown your way. Like the old adage says, “Prior planning prevents poor performances”. Here are five tips to make the most of your cold weather sessions

Track Weather Reports

cold weather photography

Knowing the weather before you go out can be the difference between a good and great day. It also is a major safety precaution as well as a time and money saver. Who wants to drive 3 hours to a location where a dramatic landscape is going to impossible to be reach because of day of conditions.

Solid Gear – Jacket, Beanie, Boots

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The cold can be unforgiving and comfort is king. Make your time more valuable with the right equipment. A solid jacket, beanie and boots are critical and are an integral part of any cold weather gear lineup.


cold weather gloves

Continuing on with gear, GLOVES! Finding the right pair of gloves will ensure that your photo session will last longer and be more comfortable. Those two factors will increase your chances of capturing that new image you’re dying to show off on Instagram. Recommendations are for gloves that are screen touch friendly especially if you’re shooting with a smartphone too.

Bring a Thermos

hydroflask thermos

This is an added luxury, not a requirement. This only makes your time in nature more enjoyable. Because I shoot so many early mornings / late nights, I love using my Hydroflask to keep my Coffee piping hot and my engine revved. If you know what I’m talking about, drop a comment.

Bring Extra Batteries

Cold weather zaps the juice out of your batteries. Imagine getting to a location with the northern lights dancing and your battery is at 0. No bueno. Bring multiple and keep them in a warm place to prevent them from discharging.

Other Notable Cold Weather Photography Tips

Hand Warmers – These things can be life savers and used for feet and hands. They will assist with the dexterity of your hands and if your hands are prone to getting cold quick, grab a few of these.

Tripod – The weather is already going to be hard enough on you, make it easier on yourself too navigate your camera without issues. It’s not life or death but these will assist in capturing your memory smoothly.

For people who aren’t worried about staying warm, here is One of my favorite ways to take better photos. Are you looking for your next cold weather photography destination? Here is why Marquette, Michigan is excellent in fall but is also a wonderful winter choice.

What do you do to stay warm amidst Cold weather photography? Did I miss your favorite thing that your particularly do? Interested to hear what you guys think about staying warm in the cold. If this was helpful, SHARE with a friend!

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