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5 Snowy Mountain Session Tips

5 Snowy Mountain Session Tips

We all love dreamy photos in the snow. They are magical and leave us all completely in wanderlust. While being a huge fan of the snow, there are a few extra considerations that you may not come across with other photoshoots. Here are 5 snowy session tips to help you decide if a photoshoot in the snow is for you!

Mount Rainier Family Session with Megan Montalvo Photography
Mt Rainier Family Photos | Megan Montalvo Photography

1. Getting there – When driving out to the mountains or any snowy area – knowing your car’s capabilities is important. While main highways are typically easy to travel on, taking exits or off-roading can be a little more challenging in the snow. I highly recommend taking a vehicle with all-wheel or 4 wheel drive. If you don’t have access to one – let your photographer know your limitations in advance. Certain areas require snow-chains and if you’re planning on heading to Mount Rainier, they require you to carry tire chains in your car November – May.

Family Photos with One Year Old | Megan Montalvo Photography
Snowy Mountain Photos with Family | Megan Montalvo Photography
Mount Rainier Snow Session | Megan Montalvo Photography

2. Staying Warm – Dressing for the snow is super important. While you may want to achieve a certain look with your shoot, there are ways to make it a little more comfortable while still accomplishing your vision. For example, if you’re wanting a dressy look and want to wear a flowy dress even in the snow, opt for a long sleeve dress and add some wear tights underneath or a fir. For more casual looks, layers not only keep you warm but they look amazing in photos. Bring along some hand warmers, extra jackets or even blankets to warm up with.

What to wear for a snow photoshoot | Megan Montalvo Photography
Snowy Mountain Session Tips with Megan Montalvo Photography
Family photos at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography

3. Trekking around – If your photos aren’t being taken right off the road, wear good shoes to walk in or bring them along to change into. Spikes or yak tracks really help mobility and if you plan on hiking a bit, it may be a good idea to bring snowshoes along. Your photographer will know which option may be best fit for the location.

Couples Photoshoot in the Snow | Megan Montalvo Photography
Snowy Mountain Session Tips with Megan Montalvo Photography
Snowy Mountain Session Tips with Megan Montalvo Photography

4. Locations – Make sure to let us know what you’re looking for! Are you just looking for a winter wonderland? Do you want some mountain views or perhaps a lake? Make sure you share your ideas and be realistic with your expectations. If it’s snowing hard or really foggy out, mountain views may not be possible.

Snowy Mountain Session Tips with Megan Montalvo Photography
Couples Photoshoot in the Snow | Megan Montalvo Photography
Mt Rainier Couples Photoshoot | Megan Montalvo Photography

5. Hair and Makeup – Bring along some things to touch up with. The snow can wear down on hair and makeup and touch-ups may be recommended. We recommend bringing a hat to wear to wear mid-shoot as a nice way to mix up your look all while taming the mane. 😉 If it’s snowing during the day of your session, bring along an umbrella to help keep dry in between photos or changing locations.

Mount Rainier Couples Photoshoot | Megan Montalvo Photography
Friends Together During Mountain Photoshoot | Megan Montalvo Photography

Bonus – Just remember to have fun! 😉
Playing in the Snow at Mt Rainier | Megan Montalvo Photography

Interested in having me photograph your snowy mountain session? Email me today for information and to reserve your date!

Megan Montalvo is a Wedding and Elopement Photographer based out of the Olympia and Tacoma Washington. She offers Olympia Tacoma Wedding photography to surrounding PNW destinations such as Mt. Rainier, Lake Quinault, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, Cle Elum, Suncadia, Leavenworth, Ruby Beach, Cape Kiwanda, Canon Beach and the San Juan Islands.

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