How-to Stay Warm During an Outdoor Photoshoot

I can't believe how cold the weather grew in just a single week. A couple weekends ago, I stood outside for hours during a photoshoot with nothing but a sweater and light jacket to keep myself warm. Boy, how things change so quickly! When photographer Jess Jiang and I ventured over to Philosopher's Walk for our shoot, I should have counted my blessings that it wasn't as cold then as it is now. From Jess, I learned many photography tricks, and I was impressed to discover that she was a self-taught photographer. All of the pictures you will see in this post were taken by her. You can check out more of her work over on her website:


As a beginner in front of the camera, I still have a lot to learn. I'm not striving to become a model, but as a blogger it's crucial to incorporate professional pictures into my site as much as I can. Previously, I had done several indoor photoshoots, but shooting outside was entirely different. Here are some tips I learned when it comes to shooting outside:

1. Pack layers 

If it hadn't been for my leather and winter jackets that I layered over top of my outfit for a few shots, I would have been significantly colder. It's important to stay warm as long as you can - the longer you are out there, the more shots you will get. 

2. Accessorize 

Whether you're a fashion blogger, model or just doing a photoshoot for fun, you can't go wrong with accessories. The gloves, hats and scarves I brought along not only helped switch up the shots a bit, they also worked as a barrier against the cold winds that were coming and going that afternoon. 

3. Start with the lightest outfit


In the first round of shots we took I wore only my white sweater. It had yet to grow too cold or windy, so it made most sense to start off light and add layers as we went. It would have been a lot more difficult to shoot in just a sweater once the weather got worse.

4. Take a break 

In order to avoid turning blue, go inside to warm up. Once my toes started to freeze up, we stepped into Starbucks for a quick tea break. If you take too long you could miss out on prime lighting, but a ten minute break is sufficient enough to to recuperate. 

5. Curl up 

When you've bundled up as much as you can and you're still a little chilly, change up your poses. Crouch down and move around in order to make the most of your own body heat. We got some great shots out of doing this that helped add variety to the shoot. The more you move, the warmer you'll be.

Even on the coldest of days, if you pay attention to your body and get creative, you will find it both easy and fun to shoot outdoors. We had a great time and can't wait to do it again. Thanks to Jess for a successful first shoot together!

What do you do to stay warm when you have to be outside for a long time? Comment below with your suggestions!

With love,

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