Our Cozy Snow Day | Taking Photos in the Snow
For a week, we saw that beautiful snowflake icon on our weather app…teasing snow in the forecast. My husband and I are from the west coast and grew up with snow. We absolutely love it and have found ourselves longing for some snow to complete this winter season. As the days led up to that little snowflake icon, we filled our grocery cart with cocoa and marshmallows and prayed that we would wake up to a winter wonderland. As we put the girls to bed, a light snow began to fall and we thought, just maybe our dream of a snow day with our girls might just come true. My husband, a big lover of snow, excitedly thought about playing in the snow with our two year old for the first time together, while I excitedly thought about taking photos in the snow. We both went to bed that night thinking of snowflakes and I am not ashamed to say that I woke up several times throughout the night to peek out the window. Snow has a way of taking adults back to childhood and making them children themselves. We were giddy. We were hopeful for snow.
And snow, it did! We woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow and, while most days find us thankful that our girls sleep in, we were practically making noise in hopes they would wake up early to see the snow too. I always planned to take photos of our daughter’s first time playing in the snow, but at the last minute grabbed my camera to photograph her waking up to snow. And I am so grateful that I did. She was completely ecstatic to see the white outside her window and instantly wanted to build a snowman. While our 1 year old didn’t understand snow this year, she definitely understood our excitement and found herself so excited just because all of us were.
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One of my favorite things about snow is that it is the best natural reflector and instantly brightens up our home. The moment we opened the curtains, beautiful light bounced into the room and allowed me to easily photograph bright and airy photos early in the morning. (around 9:00am)
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Our Cozy Snow Day | Taking Photos in the Snow
Upon seeing the snow, both of our girls were instantly smiles. Between peeking out the window at the snowflakes and playing peek a boo with her comforter in bed, there were a lot of giggles as we woke up on Sunday. And while we usually don’t allow jumping on her bed, if there was ever a day to break a rule…it was a snow day. So jumping on the bed in her pajamas, she did! Her excitement was contagious and had us all excited to spend a cozy day in the snow.
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After a hot breakfast, it was snowman time. After bundling up our toddler to the point where she could barely move her arms, we ventured out the front door to put our first footprints in the snow. As the snow fell and our littlest watched excitedly from the front door, our toddler played in the snow for the first time. She was a little hesitant to walk in the snow, so it actually looked more like her telling her daddy how to build a snowman while she patiently watched Frosty come to life. Every once in a while she would pat the snow, but was happily content watching the snow fall around her. I had so much fun taking photos in the snow and documenting this moment, before my husband ushered me indoors to find the fixings for Frosty. We were out of coal and carrots, but our Frosty came to life with a celery nose and fresh ginger for eyes. He was a fancy snowman.
Our snow day was pretty perfect. Not only did the girls experience their first snow together, but it proved to be a cozy day for the whole family. After building our snowman, we stayed cozy inside and checked on Frosty from the window to make sure he was still smiling. Truth be told, this was my very first time taking photos in the snow so I was really excited. Aside from a few snowy photos in the past, I haven’t ever truly taken a storytelling series in the snow and it was so much fun! Snow acts as the perfect natural reflector, allowing me to get beautiful bright photos with just my camera and favorite everyday lens.
When all is said and done, our snow day was definitely a day to remember. It’s so nice to just slow down and be. To not be able to go anywhere and to not feel guilty about having a simple day full of simple fun. And ensuring that my camera was ready for taking photos in the snow proved well worth it! We love these final images!
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