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How to Beat The Winter Cold While Shooting

Hi guys! I just realized I haven’t posted on this blog for a full year. Whoa! I’ll explain the reason for my absence in my next blog post. In the meantime, I wanted to share the most recent shoot that I did with Adrian and Siqi. This shoot was done on top of Mount Gornegrat, near Zermatt, Switzerland. Our background was the unbeatable famous Matterhorn (yes, that Toblerone mountain). This shoot was challenging due to the extreme weather, so I thought I would share some tips and tricks in case any of you are crazy enough to do the same.

1. BRING HAND WARMERS

Hand warmers are God-sent for both photographers and his/her subjects alike. Place a bunch in your pocket, put them in your gloves and stuff them in your shoes.

 Don’t be afraid to bring a couple of extra warmers, or to buy extra large hand warmer sizes so that it can cover your whole hand/foot. We actually were worried that we brought too much for our trip because they took space in our suitcase and are quite heavy too. In the end we were glad we brought a bunch of extra warmers! If you forget your hand warmers - no worries, we gotchu!

2. INVEST IN HIGH-QUALITY WINTER APPAREL

Wear thermal underneath your clothes when possible. Otherwise, if you are adventurous like Siqi, you can wear the dress that you want to wear and a jacket on top. Take off the jacket only when the camera is about to snap! We promise we’ll hold your jacket for you in the meantime.

3. WEAR WINTER THEMED-APPAREL

If you want to look fancy and avoid the cold at the same time, wear faux fur or wool! Siqi made the wise choice of bringing a fur scarf to cover parts of her arms and body. Although it might not cover everything, it will help you brave through the cold for a little bit.

4. WEAR BOOTS

Especially in terrains where there is a lot of snow. If you are wearing a long dress, chances are nobody will see your foot anyway! Also make sure to wear waterproof boots if you are stepping into slushy snow.

5. SHOOT WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF AN INDOOR SPACE

The area in our pictures looks remote, but we actually shot in the vicinity of our hotel. We were always between 5-10 minutes away of an indoor space. This way, whenever we start feeling too cold, we can head back to take a break.

6. DRINK SOMETHING WARM BEFORE THE SHOOT

Make sure you have a full stomach before the shoot and try to drink hot chocolate or hot tea beforehand. Sometimes this helps warm you up for the first 15 minutes or so. You can also try drinking some beer or wine but be careful not to drink too much. You’d definitely want to stay sober for your fun shoot! The other option is to bring a Thermos with you filled with a hot drink so you can warm up in the middle of the shoot.

Overall, winter shoots are definitely not for the weak hearted. It requires determination and sufficient preparation and research. However, with the proper tools and clothing, a winter shoot can be stunning like no other - see the pictures below for yourself if you don’t believe us ;) Also, bravo to this couple for braving all sorts of weather conditions with us - from Bali’s heat to Switzerland’s cold <3

Michelle Tan

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