Ice is Nice
We live in Texas, where white Christmases are less common than blue moons. We don't get a lot of snow, but we do get ice. And while ice isn't fluffy and white, it sure is sparkly. I love how it turns branches and grasses into glistening, glowing versions of themselves. Everything is super still, as though nature has been stopped in time, like it's taking this opportunity to be still and reflect. Makes you just want to crawl in a hole and hibernate. Or go exploring with your camera!
One Kid In, One Kid Out
Here are some of my favorite winter pictures with ice. This was a rare occasion when one of my kids was actually cooperating, willing to hop in the car at a moment's notice and walk around a greenbelt area of our neighborhood in the cold. It didn't last for long (we Texans don't have much endurance below freezing), but I love these few icy shots we got. What you don't see here is my other daughter stomping around behind me in her Harry Potter cape, grumpy because I made her come in the car with us and cold because Harry Potter capes are great looking, but not so warm.
Winter Neutrals...or Not
During winter, when the sky is grey and the grasses and trees are more brown than green, you really have two great color palette options for pictures. You can go for clothing that blends in (whites, greys, browns), which makes for lovely monochromatic images. Or you can choose a single bright coat or scarf (or umbrella or sled) that really pops. Of course, the third option is taking whatever your kids happen to have on or be willing to wear and just going with it!
Soft Portrait Lighting
If you've read my photography courses for parents, you know how helpful a cloudy sky can be in creating flattering portrait lighting. It softens the shadows, so you don't have those harsh dark spots underneath the eyes, nose, and chin.
A Great Time to Practice
I encourage you to embrace the blustery days wherever you live and experiment with the light and the wintery surroundings, even if you can't wrangle any kids to actually be in your shots. Remember, practicing with your camera by yourself can really help you prepare for the moments with kids you really want to capture.