This article originally appeared in March 2013. But since we’re having a ‘major snow event,’ we thought we’d re-share Kory’s advice on how to take pictures of kids in the snow!

Let’s talk SNOW DAY PICTURES!!!!!

Although it is a cloudy, dreary day, snow is very bright and reflective and can make you pictures look very very overexposed. So this is one of those times when shooting in manual is so necessary.

Keeping with our ongoing quest to capture REAL moments, start by telling the entire story of your day. Catch the kids as they get that first glimpse of the snow. That magic look in their eyes is priceless!

When taking pictures near a window, if you expose your picture for the outside, it will give you an awesome silhouette effect like in this first picture. Or you can expose for their face like we did in the second picture and everything outside will be all white. You can even do this with your iPhone by tapping the screen to tell your phone what to expose for.

On to phase two….getting dressed. All these little getting ready moments can be fun! The kids are excited to get out there. These are REAL SMILES!

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{{I’m glad I’m not the only one who is exhausted by the process of putting on all those clothes.}}

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Now for the main attraction: Snow! It’s not as easy as it should be shooting in the snow. Although it is a cloudy, dreary day, snow is very bright and reflective and can make you pictures look very very overexposed. So this is one of those times when shooting in manual is so necessary.

how to take pictures in the snow - (cool) progeny

how to take pictures in the snow - (cool) progeny

Take charge of your camera your camera! You will not need to set your ISO, so keep that as low as it goes on your camera. The only two settings you will need is aperture and shutter speed. Put your aperture as low as it goes (this will depend on your lens), and then you will only need to adjust your shutter speed. These were taken at 2.8 aperture and 1/250 shutter speed.

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The other bonus of snow scenes is that they create a great contrast for converting pictures to black and white. Try it!

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And to capture those fast action shots and keep everything sharp and in focus, use a shutter speed around 1/1000. This picture captured this little guy’s first sled ride at 2.2 aperture and 1/1250 shutter speed. No blur here! Be aware of your focal point and where it is lighting up. That is the little light inside your camera when you push the shutter button half way. It should always be lit over your subject’s face.

Utilize anything snow covered for a perfect backdrop. We used the woods. Put your subject at the bottom of your picture, and let the branches fill your picture. They are more interesting than the snow on the ground.

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And remember, real life makes real smiles.  Let your kids be kids…you make even find that letting them play to their heart’s content turns them into little angels.