Jessica found me through a friend of hers that I photographed earlier this school year. With approaching yearbook deadlines, we planned her session for February knowing we may have a little bit of cold weather and snow to deal with. But as session day approached, a major Winter storm hit and temperatures reached single digits.
We ended up trading out one of her planned outdoor locations to spend an hour inside instead. This actually worked out quite well! Not only did she stay a bit warmer as we photographed her in her first couple of outfits, but she also ended up with some great variety between outdoor and indoor session spots.
Senior Portrait Indoor Studio
What I love about an indoor studio space is that we can do a bunch of poses without having to spend the time walking around. Studios are not what they once were (at least not what I use). They are no longer stuffy, boring, and dark. Instead, we have plenty of options for fun seating and props as well as bright walls giving your images plenty of life!
I love that this particular studio had several set-ups to choose from. We were able to do a great mix of sitting, standing, and even laying. We did a couple seated poses and then used the same seats again with a new outfit for a different look. The natural light that filtered through the sheer, white curtains set a comfortable vibe in the studio space. I also brought additional lighting, which is key for any studio session. You never know exactly how the light is going to fall on a particular day based on the density and color of the clouds, time of day, and position of the sun, so it is always best to be prepared.
Even thought it is an indoor space, there is plenty of variety we could get in a small area. The restroom made it so easy to change outfits to have a totally different look. And when it is below freezing outside, it was great to be able to sport a dress without being too cold!
Westerville Senior Pictures in the Snow
I mentioned above that the snow came down pretty hard in the days leading up to Jessica's session. We were lucky that the sun came out (you know, to warm it up to a balmy 22 degrees!) and the Metro Parks had cleared their sidewalks for a safe walk through the icy park. I am no stranger to snowy senior photos, but this Winter session was one of my favorites!
We started off by some evergreen trees. The green of the pine needles gave us some bold color in the middle of Winter, and that sweater she wore was perfect on her! I had so many favorites in this area. We then took a walk around the park, changing outfits a couple of times. The winter coat in the last few images of the day was a late addition. We had planned for her to wear her green shirt, but the jacket was perfect! not to mention it kept her warm. We wrapped up by walking right past those some pine trees where we began the session before heading to our cars to warm up.
I know there are a lot of seniors (and people in general) who would rather stay indoors when it is this snowy and cold. Perhaps sit by a warm fire and snuggle under a blanket with some Netflix or a good book, but if you are willing to brave these temperatures, the result is a winter wonderland background you can't find inside! I am so glad Jessica was still willing to step out to this great local park for the best of what an Ohio Winter has to offer!
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