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Embracing the Uncommon: 6 Family Photography Tips for Snowless New Year's Portraits in Minnesota


In a twist of weather fate, this year's Minnesota winter decided to trade its traditional snowy landscapes for a different scene. But fear not! Even without the usual blanket of snow, you can still capture unforgettable New Year's family portraits that reflect the distinct beauty of Minnesota. Here are some tips to navigate the challenge and make the most of the unique opportunities presented by a snowless backdrop.


1. Indoor Coziness Prevails

With the chill outside, embrace indoor locations that exude warmth and coziness. Coffee shops, bookstores, or even the family living room can serve as inviting backdrops for intimate and heartwarming portraits. Make the lack of snow an opportunity to focus on the closeness and connection within the family.



2. Embrace Winter Neutrals

While snow won't be gracing your portraits this year, you can still lean into the winter aesthetic by choosing outfits in cool, winter neutrals. Blues, grays, and forest greens can complement the muted tones of a snowless environment, adding a touch of seasonal charm to your family's attire.


3. Create Your Own Winter Wonderland

In the absence of natural snow, get creative! Consider bringing props like faux snow or using twinkling lights to evoke a winter wonderland feel. These imaginative touches can add a festive and magical atmosphere to your New Year's family portraits, even without the traditional snowy landscape.



4. Champion the Scenic Diversity

Without snow, focus on showcasing the diversity of Minnesota's landscapes. Explore urban settings like Minneapolis' vibrant cityscape or the charming architecture of St. Paul. Find unique textures and backdrops that tell a different, yet equally compelling, story of your family's New Year.


5. Seasonal Flair without Snow

Explore local New Year's decorations and events that can still infuse a sense of celebration into your portraits. Festive lights, decorations, or even the local community's unique traditions can add a special touch to your images, compensating for the absence of snow.


6. Candid Moments Shine

Without the distraction of a snowy landscape, place more emphasis on capturing genuine, candid moments. Encourage laughter, shared stories, and the unique dynamics of each family member. These authentic moments will become the focal point of your New Year's family portraits, snow or no snow.



In navigating the challenge of a snowless Minnesota winter, adaptability becomes your greatest asset. Embrace the unconventional and use this opportunity to create family portraits that are as distinct as the state itself. Minnesota's charm is not solely confined to its snow-covered landscapes, and your photographs can beautifully showcase the often-overlooked facets of this winter wonderland.


And remember, the best way to capture the magic of the season is by booking a session with Roosevelt Mansfield, of DigieMade Photography.

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