Jan 10, 2017

15 Photos to Take of Your Kids During Winter


Last week we had quite a lot of snow and Madison, the great lover of snow, couldn't wait to go out and play in it. Living my earlier years in the Caribbean, I'm still a spring/summer person at heart, but I tolerate the snow for my kids. Having lived in NYC for most of my life, you would however think that I'd love winter and the snow. That, unfortunately couldn't be further from the truth. I detest it! While fresh snow looks lovely for those who live in states and countries where there is none, the next day or two becomes a nightmare. Slush is by far the dirtiest thing, next to mud, you'll see in the winter, but kids love it all. So, with Madison out in the snow making her snow angels on the lawn, I grabbed my camera and started taking a few photos of her. I'm all about creating memories to last a lifetime and having photos of your kids during the stages of their life, photos that you can look back upon when they're older. It's also a good idea to also get in-front of the camera with your children as well. I have quite a few photos of my mom with my children, but very few with us together since I was always the one taking the photos. It's also the same with my own children. Besides the professional sessions we took together, very rarely, there aren't a lot of photos with me in the picture. I know a lot of other parents can relate.


However, the inspiration today for my post came from my friend Tatanisha from A Worthey Read and her post, 55 photos to take of your children. It's a must read and a challenge to take at least a photo a week. I was totally excited about her idea, but when it comes to yearly challenges I'm no good. I like doing small things so I mentioned to her about doing a photo challenge for the season and since we're in winter, how about 10 photos to take of your kids during winter. She loved the idea and so this post was born.


The winter season starts on December 21st and ends on March 20th, although it always seems as though the first drop of snow heralds in winter, sometimes as early as Thanksgiving, but unfortunately we're still in the fall season. So I thought long and hard about what photos would be great and came up with quite a lot more than 10, but since I like starting small, here are 15 photos you should take of your kids during winter. For those who don't have snow, I made a variation, so you can actually take more than 15.

1. A photo with Santa (I just had to add this since winter starts BEFORE Christmas)


2. Opening their gifts on Christmas day

3. Your child playing in the snow (or outdoors if there is no snow)

4. Making a snow angel or even building a snowman

5. Sledding

6. Ice-skating (you can go to a skating rink)


7. Wrapped in a blanket

8. Bundled up outdoors

9. Drinking hot chocolate

10. Together with their best friend


11. Family game night

12. Making a winter craft

13. Watching a movie

14. Reading a book

15. Last but certainly not the least. A photo together!


Now, while you can take quite a LOT more photos, I'm giving you something to build upon, a starting point. So grab your camera, or cell phone and take these photos and start making some memories together. Before you know it, your little one will be all grown up and you'll be wondering, "where did the time go?". Cherish each and every moment and don't forget to hug your little ones and say "I love you". Be sure to check the temperature before going outdoors and always remember to bundle up.


Now if you want to do this as a challenge, I suggest posting at least 5 photos a month, or more if you prefer, and using the hashtag #candidwintermemories on Instagram. I'll be searching for your posts.

63 comments:

  1. These are such great ideas. Winter is prime opportunity for some great shots.

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    1. It is but most people would prefer to stay indoors because it's cold outdoors.

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  2. I take a metric ton of photos during the winter. The best shots are always in the snow!

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    1. That's a LOT of photos and I think the snow ones are the best ones too, especially when they're playing in it and having fun.

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  3. Winter photos have always been my favorite. There's just something about snow that I find the most classic backdrop for pictures of kids.

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    1. You and me both. The snow especially when freshly dropped looks amazing.

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  4. These are such adorable pictures! I dont have kids of my own yet, but it's our first year living in snow, so you can bet I have my husband take tons of pictures of me making snow angels and throwing snow in the air!

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    1. Oh that's great! Create those winter memories that you can look back upon.

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  5. Love all these pictures! The last one is the most important! I seem to have lots of hot chocolate ones too. Kids love to take pictures and she's so darn cute!!

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    1. They do love taking pictures but most of the time we're so accustomed to seeing our kids doing things that we don't think of taking the time to take pictures of them doing it.

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  6. The snow angel picture! I love it. I agree, winter is a beautiful season and you should enjoy the season you are in!

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    1. You should enjoy the season you're in but most people hate winter because of the cold.

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  7. these are such cute ideas! Made me want to cuddle on the couch with both my boys siping hot chocolate! sounds so heavenly. although my boys wouldn't sit still long enough to do the photo!

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    1. Well get some squirming photos of them, any photo you can look back upon. They don't have to be perfect.

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  8. These are all so cute! We debated on photos with Santa this year since it was our little one's first Christmas, but we had them made and I am so glad!

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    1. I'm glad you did as well. I remember taking Madison to meet Santa, she just sat on his lap with her ever serious stare and didn't even smile lol

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  9. These are great ideas for photos to take of your kids during the winter. I like the photo of you together, so sweet.

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    1. Thank you. I don't have many photos of us together but I'm trying to change that.

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  10. New England sure is the place to take all of these photos! I'm sure Colorado is too. My favorite is number 15, of course, because that's where I fail the most. And I haven't been good about the present opening on Christmas for the past few years! Not enough light!

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    1. Oh Colorado certainly is and I still have yet to make it to Aspen where it's really ski-central. I'm really bad with #15 myself and I want to make up for that this year.

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  11. These are really great ideas and I love how your pictures turned out! My favorite one are the ones where they were playing in the snow because it just how much fun they're having.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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    1. Thank you. I was a bit confused when you said "they" because there's only one child playing in the snow. :)

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  12. Love these beautiful photos! I usually take three to four photos of my daughter per week, usually on my cell phone, but memories are memories. They are only this small for a short period of time and then they turn into teenagers, a thought that already scares me!

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    1. Oh yes! Memories are memories and you're right, before you know it, they're teenagers and you wonder where the time went.

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  13. These photos turned out so well! I am always chasing my kids around with the camera so I will make sure to get these shots.

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    1. Can't wait to see your photos. I'll be looking out for the hashtag.

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  14. Great inspiration! I really want to work on taking better photos of my kids so these are good ideas!

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    1. Well it's not about taking "better" photos but just taking photos altogether. I take good photos but usually when doing a blog post. I want to take more natural photos.

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  15. We still need to take our annual trip to the mountains and enjoy a snow day. I always seem to capture great shots of the kids up there.

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    1. That's great. I'm sure that they'll turn out amazing!

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  16. I am resolving to be more present with my family this year, so this is a great place to start.

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    1. That's awesome! That's one of my goal this year as well. No resolution for me but it's a goal that I plan on going with.

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  17. I love winter photos and all of their options...sadly we have to skip the photos with snow. Living in Florida we never see snow.

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    1. Well you can create other memories, this was just a starting point.

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  18. I love taking pictures of my kids in the winter! We just moved to a lace that gets snow and the kids love taking pictures with the snow! It's so fun!

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    1. Oh I'm sure that they're as excited as could be. My kids love it, me, not so much.

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  19. These are super cute ideas. I love pics of my son in the snow and kids are usually up for it too!

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    1. Oh kids just love having fun in the snow so they don't mind. I prefer the warmer seasons.

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  20. I just adore these photo ideas! Plus the models in the photos are pretty cute too! You're looking fabulous my friend!

    Thanks for sharing this winter inspiration for photos!

    Wishing you a lovely week.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer for the compliments. I plan on sharing more photos of myself, I'm starting to accept the skin I'm in. I hope you'll be able to join in on our winter photo challenge.

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  21. These are wonderful ideas for photos - really taking advantage of the season!

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  22. first, you have some great shots here! Second, I love the list. It is already pinned to my photo board so I can go back and capture these moments.

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  23. These are great! I love your pics! My kids also enjoy photo shooting during winter. SO fun and brings out their creative poses with snowman.

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  24. Winter photos are always fun to take. I have a few of the kids doing snow angels. My favorite is one of my daughter throwing the snow in the air.

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  25. It sounds like you have had a multi-cultural experience, living in such geographically different areas. I admire this greatly. I am like you in preferring the warmer weather, and this seems to only become more so as I get older.
    I do like your list - it is very thorough, including many of the main snow-time seasonal situations.

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  26. So many cute photos! I got a few of my oldest in the snow last week. My 3 year old doesn't care for it though, he wanted to stay inside where it was warm.

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  27. I love taking photos of my kids but I've never really thought of taking them outside during the winter and snapping some shots. These are great ideas, and I think next snowfall we will head out! - Jeanine

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  28. I love taking snow photos. I really like the photo ideas as well.

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  29. All great bonding opportunities and ways to keep memories safe.There are so many things to do for families to do during this season!

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  30. These photos are all so cute! I try and take as many pictures of my younger brother and sister so they have lots to look back on when they're adults :)

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  31. These are such cute and perfect winter photo ideas!! Also your pictures turned out so great!!

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  32. Each of these photos is so precious, AnnMarie! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  33. Why, I welcome the challenge! I don't really have any kids around though, but I can work with a different theme. Thanks for the idea!

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  34. There are so many happy memories to capture in the winter and so many fun photo opps. We don't get snow here, but there is still plenty of fun to be had! :)

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  35. You are so right when you say she really doesnt like to smile in her pictures much. When she smiled playing with the snow it made my heart glow.

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  36. Isn't the picture with Santa always a classic? I know I looked forward to that tradition ever year when I was a kid.

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  37. Growing up in FL I never got to make a snow angel. I don't know why I didn't do so when I lived in NYC or Chicago. Next time I'm there I'm going to make that a challenge for myself and I don't care if I look completely ridiculous.

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  38. Yes to all of this! I love winter photos of my kids! The snow ones especially!

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  39. This is such a good idea! I think its really important to take lots of photos to capture memories. Once I have children I will be definitely be taking lots of pictures throughout the different seasons.

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  40. Those are great photo ideas for kids and adults too!! Here in Atlanta, I always make an effoft to get some pictures, because it does not snow down here too often.

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  41. Catching them opening their gifts on Christmas Day is a must for me every single year. I love to capture the looks on their faces as they open all their presents.

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  42. Beautiful photo ideas love. We take pictures daily. LOL. But I think diversity is important when taking pictures. I love your pictures lovely.

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  43. I love all of these ideas. I don't really take as many photos of my kids as I would like to.

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