Autumn and Winter can be such a fabulous time of year for a shoot. I talk about the benefits in this post here.
But if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve decided to go ahead and opt for a shoot during the cooler months, when there are less flies, it’s easier to keep cool (nobody looks good with a sweat-tache) and the colours are just to die for.
A frosty morning or a dreamy winter sunset are my ultimate faves!
However, I know that winter comes with a whole different set of obstacles to summer, so I’m going to quell some of your worries here and give you my top tips on how to make winter work for you!
The first problem that most people worry about, with winter shoots, is that their horses will be in their winter woolies and resemble something similar to a woolly mammoth.
Fear not. We’ve got you covered!
A) If you clip, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. I’d advise clipping around two weeks before your shoot and grooming your pony regularly. If you do this, you’ll likely be able to see your face in their coat by the date of the shoot, they’ll be so shiny!
Try not to clip too close to the shoot. Tramlines and pink skin aren’t a great look and best avoided where possible. And if you’re worried about your precious pony catching a chill, there are some gorgeous rugs and exercise sheets around these days. Perhaps you can even match their outfit with yours. Fancy!
B) If you’re leaving your horses au-naturel this winter and they’re sporting some impressive winter thermals, then we can roll with it and embrace it! Some ponies (espcially the dinky ones) look like super squishy, adorable teddy bears with their winter coats on and there’s just nothing cuter!
So, that’s one problem out of the way.
The next top worry; Mud!
Yes, there’s probably going to be more mud in winter than in summer. It’s inevitable.
But when it’s horrid and slushy, we’ll attempt to keep you on firmer ground, either on a track, driveway, yard, etc. or alternatively, you just dress for the job at hand. Come on girls, we’re no strangers to a healthy bit of knee-deep mud. If your only option is a boggy field, that’s what wellies are for!
But genuinely, I’ll try to keep you on the driest ground we can find, but providing your outfit allows for it, I’m also not afraid to get you a bit grubby, if that’s where the best backdrop is. Got to suffer for the art, I’m afraid!
Not to mention, fields never look as wet and soggy in photos as they do in real life. Don’t believe me? Just look at the photos in this post. All of them were taken in Autumn and Winter and I bet you didn’t look at any of them and think ‘Ew, that looks horridly wet and muddy’, did ya?
And problem numero three… Cold!
See, to me, this is just not a problem. I am one of those people that faaaar prefers my Autumn and Winter wardrobe to my Summer wardrobe. (Maybe because I don’t have to worry about getting my wobbly bits out in winter. )
I mean, it’s all about layers and textures for me; scarves, hats, capes, body warmers, gloves, ear warmers, boots, boot socks, dresses and tights, fur, tweed… Get me to Autumn right now! I have a whole Pinterest board, dedicated to my favourite winter photoshoot outfits. Check that out here! (<<< If that doesn’t get you excited for your winter shoot, I don’t know what will!)
You can really go to town with outfits for your winter shoots and have fun with different accessories and looks. Whereas my summer clients are just trying to find the coolest, least restrictive outfits possible and trying not to get their sandal clad feet smooshed into the ground by uncontrollable hooves!
I’m really selling the summer shoot, right now, aren’t I?! You A/W lot are winning!
And lastly, I know you all worry about the weather.
Well, put it this way. When it rains, I reschedule. Yes, I’m happy to admit that I am 100% a fair weather photographer. You just can not look glam, keep a pony happy, keep a camera dry and keep a smile on my face when it’s peeing down. So…
And when you take into consideration that a) last year we had the wettest June on record, b) this year hasn’t been much better and c) this is England, I don’t know why we keep expecting summer to be dryer than winter. Do we even have seasons these days?
In short, if it rains, I’m super flexible and happy to reschedule. And the truth of it is, is that this is no less likely to happen in summer than in winter.
Winter is colder, yes. But we’ve established that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But sadly, the great British weather says that, from experience, rain happens all year round. And we just have to deal with that, together, as a group.
So, I hope this has you all fired up for an awesome A/W shoot! We’ll make it stunning, I promise. And I can’t wait to have you in front of my lens!