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Family Focus: Tips for Photographing Winter Fun

We moved from an hour north of New York City down to just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. It has taken some adjusting, but the biggest adjustment came about two weeks ago when we had our first snowstorm of the season. And when I say storm, I’m referring to two inches of wintry mix. The entire area shut down and Riley was out of school three days, even though the storm happened on a Friday!

I was beyond baffled, but I was able to catch some gorgeous photos of the girls enjoying the snow. I learned a thing or two in the process so here are my tips for photographing winter fun.

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Look at that smile!

Be Prepared for the Wintry Conditions

It doesn’t make sense to head outside with a ginormous lens and a camera that won’t be able to focus on the kids enjoying the snow. You also don’t want to just rely on your phone to catch a smile like this one as she throws the snow above her head.

Make Sure That You Are Dressed for the Elements

It might not have been the foot of snow I was used to in New York, but it was still cold out. Standing outside without a hat or gloves on wasn’t smart, and I certainly didn’t last long outside that time.

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There’s nothing like a little daddy-daughter time.

Use a Camera That Captures Video as Well as Photos

I used our Panasonic LUMIX G7 camera, which if you remember from my Tips for Photographing Busy Kids article, gives you the ability to shoot in 4K PHOTO Mode. Basically, you can shoot video and then pull photographs from those frames within the video. The photo below was shot in 4K PHOTO Mode while my husband and youngest went sledding down an unplowed street in our neighborhood. It was a sheet of ice and they went flying past, but with the Panasonic LUMIX G7 cameras, you’re able to catch the smiles on their faces.

I love the fact that I have a video of Avery’s first time sledding as well as a gorgeous photo of the experience.

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This is a sponsored post written by The Melrose Family on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX. All opinions are 100% her own.

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