After a few days of beautiful weather, we’re back to typical Wisconsin cold. When the temps are in the upper 20’s to the lower 40’s, I take extra “precautions when picture taking.
First, I make sure the day is decent enough to snap pictures. There’s nothing worse than going to a location to take pictures, only to find out the weather is not cooperating. What exactly do I look for? Well, the biggest thing is wind. If there are any chances of strong wind gusts I either stay at home to take the pics, or forgo them altogether. Also, overcast is the best for winter, especially when there’s snow on the ground. The winter sun somehow seems to create more glare than in other times of the year. Oh, and rain keeps me at home while light flurries can be beautiful to photograph.
Dressing to stay worm is the other important factor. Mixing in some outdoor accessories (hats, scarves, gloves, etc) keeps me tons warmer if I’m planning on showing my outfit without a coat on. I also try my best to wear thick, wool layers with some sort of tight knit fabric under to prevent losing all body heat with even the smallest wind gusts.
And possibly the most important tip? Hand-warmers. Depending on how cold it is, I’ll use one, two or even three of these little things. As funny as it sounds, I put one under my shirts, over my sternum area. If my hands are absolutely freezing, I’ll put one in my pocket(s), too. The Thermacare warmers would work amazingly for this, but they’re too expensive for me.
I think it’s about time to go through the closet sell some stuff to fund a few new winter buys! I’m in the market for a new coat, some cozy cardigans and chunky scarves. My favorite time to shop is actually later in the year when retailers are trying to really move the stuff out to make room for spring merchandise. Until then I’ll (hopefully!) just be browsing 🙂