Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer
I absolutely love the Big Hills Spring Provincial park, it is located only 20 minutes away from Airdrie, AB and it is a gem of a place - it has a waterfall, multiple bridges, a river, beautiful trees - a perfect place to go for a hike with a family or of course in my case to meet my clients for a maternity photoshoot. It is a perfect place during all 4 seasons, I love going there in the winter as much as during the summer.
I am always asked - how do the moms do it - standing in the snow, wearing nothing but a gown - aren’t they cold? They certainly do not appear to be cold…Trust me - it is NOT as easy as they make it seem - for this maternity session, this brave mama was determined to get her maternity photos outside at the end of February with -15C and some snow - nothing would stop her and the result are these gorgeous, very unique portraits of her and her hubby expecting their first baby, which they will cherish forever!
So, how does one survive a winter maternity photoshoot, what shall you know or how should you prepare for this adventure? I would start by suggesting to make sure you have some blankets ready - blankets that would help to cover you in case you are brave enough to change into a different gown as well as to warm you up between the shoots. I also always suggest to wear boots (no-one would usually see what you are wearing on your feet as the gowns are long enough and will cover any footwear, so you might as well make sure your feet are nice and warm). Then of course a nice, big, easy to put on/take off jacket - you are only going to be standing in your gown for a few minutes for a photographer to take those quick shots and then you can get a little break and warm up in your jacket, so make sure you bring a warm one. Another thing to think off and bring along is something warm to drink - maybe a nice tea in a thermos or a hot chocolate? Hot drinks can definitely help to warm you up a bit from the inside. And of course don’t forget your mittens!