BTW, Winter isn't the Worst Time To Shoot...
February 20, 2018
I recently shot this great Gold Coast condo with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. We had to schedule the shoot for January. I was honestly a little disappointed because I wasn't sure how to handle the view. As it turned out, we all loved the drama of the frozen lake outside and decided to go for it! In looking at this unexpected picture, I love how cozy the interior looks compared to the cool winter world outside.
Surprisingly, Fall & Winter are great seasons to shoot in. Obviously, colored leaves are a fun way to enhance the palette of your photos. However, it can be next to impossible to shoot exterior shots of a house when the property has large trees. Even interior shots can look better during the Fall or Winter. Heavy trees outside a window only really look good when direct sunlight can light them. Otherwise, they swallow the light and can appear almost black. A clean blue window in a room is a great alternative and also looks sharp in modern spaces!
From the perspective of a photographer, I love the nice even light that a dull winter day brings. Although the world feels gloomy to us, a camera records the natural light outside a lot faster than any light inside. This is why windows become unreasonably bright in a Summer-time shoot. So, scheduling shoots during these drab days can actually lead to photos with really rich woodwork and pure interior colors.
I hope you enjoy these photos from some of my favorite winter shoots!