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Last year, when I taught at Clickaway Seattle, I was incredibly fortunate to be sponsored by Color Inc Photo Lab. Through emails and phone conversations I got to know the owners and when I finally hugged them in Seattle, I knew I had met friends. Since then I have been to their lab location, Grand Rapids, to teach at their School of Photography. I toured the lab and learned about the process of professional printing. I met their employees, most of whom had been with the company since it started. I left Grand Rapids feeling so incredibly proud to teach, spoiled from having a few days in a new city to myself, and grateful for the opportunity to partner with a company that supported their customers and employees in all of the little and big ways that matter.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and my dear friend Liz LaBianca and I traveled south to teach at the Austin School of Photography for Color Inc. Whoop Whoop! We were teaching to a packed house, with photographers attending from all over Texas (including many of our friends from Dallas!). Although Liz and I are both teachers and LOVE to share, we were both nervous and just wanted to nail it. One minute into the four hour event and we knew the evening would be filled with a-ha moments, big laughs from the crowd (yeah, mostly directed at us), thoughtful questions, and a camaraderie amongst each other. Seriously, it was an amazing night!

Here are some behind the scenes images, as well as a few favorites from photographing the models…..

Surprise!  Another snow day!  In March!  It’s certainly hard to believe we are having winter weather so late, but this beautiful snow is a welcome sight for a photographer.  Yesterday I posted photos of my family enjoying the snow and received so many questions that I thought I would offer three tips for you.


1.) First and foremost, be prepared for the weather!  Dress your child head to foot in warm clothes and layers. In fact, I purposefully wore one less layer than my three year old son.  This way I knew when it was time to go inside and didn’t have to rely on a sudden meltdown to tell me my toddler was already too cold.  The best part of dressing for the snow is the opportunity to use bright colors to accentuate your child against the white of the snow.  Bold color instantly adds a bit of joy and punch to your images!  In addition, I brought a cloth to wipe my son’s nose, an extra scarf wrapped around my camera to protect it, and fingerless gloves so that my hands would still be covered as I operated my camera.

Flower Mound Snow

2.) Let your kid be a kid.  Your child is most likely bouncing off the walls to taste a snowflake on their tongue, sled down a hill, and engage in a snowball fight or two.  Don’t stop them!  The magic is capturing them with sheer joy on their face!  My favorite photos of my son are ALWAYS the ones where his smile is genuine and he is being himself.  Focus on playing with your child and even outdoing your child’s excitement!  Not only will you create wonderful memories, but you are sure to take photos that have real meaning.

In this image my son was the “Mean Ice T-Rex” and I was the prey.  He chased me up a small hill.  When I got to the top I turned around, snapped two pictures, then got eaten.  I never stopped our fun to take photos.

How to take photos of kids in snow

How to take photos of kids in snow


3.) Finally, try as many different angels as you can.  Think getting above and below your child.  Don’t always center them in the middle of the camera frame.

For this image I was on my stomach in order to capture my son sledding down the hill.  If I was standing above him, you wouldn’t have clearly seen the the look of joy on his face.

Flower Mound Family Photographer Tips for Photos in the Snow


Here I was standing on a chair above him.

Flower Mound Snow Photography


And for some of my readers that live in an even warmer client than Dallas, you too can STILL take snow photos!  Yep!  Check out my “faux snow” post here. 


I hope these tips help you to get great images of your family in the snow!  We are about to head outside and make a few more memories together.  You can follow our snow day pictures on Facebook or Instagram.  If you have any additional questions about taking pictures in the snow, please feel free to email me at missy@missymayophotography.com.  Have fun!

Dallas Family Photographer

Dallas Snow Photography