When we started talking about family pictures, mom wanted to do a snow-filled session before Christmas at a place that had large evergreen trees and a fence. On top of that, the ideal temperature would be close to 40 degrees so the kids would not freeze. It would be best if there was just snow on the ground and not actually falling. Oh yeah, and it would be nice if there was a lot of snow and it was sitting on the trees to make things pretty. Wait, it needs to be a weekend. Well……..I sure do my best to get things to align for clients like weather, location, temperature, etc., but this seemed like more of a dream than any type of thing that would actually happen. The conversation in October was something like this on my end, “It usually doesn’t snow a bunch in November and we need to do the pictures then if you want them before Christmas. I am happy to reschedule the session to a time we have snow, but it may not happen before the holidays. Let me think of somewhere with large trees and a fence, I can’t think of anything right now. Hopefully it will be warm enough when the snow is on the ground that the kids won’t freeze and not so much snow coming down that would make them wet. I know you want snow on the trees, but what happens sometimes is that the sun melts it during the day and it won’t stay on the trees. Since we need to do a weekend and December gets very busy, we may have to push this back to January and then you can just send a Happy New Year card instead. But OK, let’s plan for November 22nd and we will just adjust the date and plan as it gets closer.”
Fast forward to the weekend of November 22nd. Wouldn’t you know – The stars aligned and all these dreams came true! I found a great location that had the trees and the fence. We got 11 inces of snow on November 21st. The skies cleared the next day and the temperature rose enough to be about 37 degrees and not melt the snow. And somehow the snow stayed on the trees until sunset. It didn’t snow during the shoot and we had beautiful sunshine the entire time. REALLY??? What are the chances? I told them to go buy a lottery ticket after the shoot. In my wildest dreams I never thought that all this would magically happen on the exact day we wanted it to. In fact, I wasn’t so sure it would happen at all during the winter season that we both would have availbility to hold the session, have snow on the ground, and not be freezing. I loved how it all came together and this family did such a great job getting outfits that would look nice in the snow. It was so fun getting to take winter pictures and do something out of the ordinary. Consider doing a winter shoot for your next session and remember to put all your wishes out there and lets see if they come true!