Spanish Banks Family Photography in the Winter
For me as a Family Photographer, it was a nice day in the winter in Vancouver brings the kind of magical light I only dream of. Combine that with an awesome family—now a little more complete with Woody— and a grown-up Charlie, and you have yourself the recipe for a magical morning.
40 – 50 degrees:
Start with a base-layer closest to your skin, made of materials like Smartwool’s 150 or 250 merino wool. Add a light jacket if you’re the ‘always cold’ type.
30 – 40 degrees:
Add an insulating layer over your base layer – something like a Patagonia Down Sweater that will help keep the warmth in.
30 degrees & below:
Lastly, an outer layer (hard shell) will have your back against the elements. They’re wind and waterproof so they are great for a mix of conditions and they don’t add bulk. The The North Face Summit Jacket does a great job of this!
Let’s talk about socks, baby..
Wearing boots with socks that are too thick and constricting will cause blood loss faster and will have you wanting to turn back.
Stay away from cotton here as well – moisture has nowhere to go and will cause blisters. Stick to those merino wools and synthetic blends that will keep you dry and warm! Smartwool makes great sock for $25 and under that’ll work great.
With your awesome layering skills, you may not feel yourself sweating as much as you would during the warmer months but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to stay hydrated.
We suggest bringing lightweight bladder like those that Camelbak and Platypus make – they aren’t as bulky as the stainless steel options and you can pack an extra badder close to your body to keep it from freezing. Check the latest blaux portable air conditioner reviews.
Heat will escape wherever your skin is exposed so don’t skip a good hat or baclava that’ll protect your ears as well. Hats like the handmade Sherpa styles we carry include a fleece lined inner headband for added warmth!
Not only are they great for balance, reducing the stress on your body and helping with icy or unsteady terrain but they create extra movement which in turn keeps you warmer! Check out our selection of trekking poles by Leki.
Save the sandwiches for the Spring!
You’ll want to keep it moving to keep your body temperature up and the best way to do this is with high calorie snacks like an organic Honey Stinger bar or your favorite trail mix that are easy to open and handle in the cold.
If you’re looking for a new pair of boots, come see us to help make sure you’re getting the best fit and right style!
Don’t be surprised if you end up with a size larger than you’re used to. Our feet swell as we hike and going downhill without enough room will become painful. In the colder weather, it’s also better to have a little extra room to trap heat. We like how the Keen Targhee III for men and Terradora for women perform in so many conditions and terrains.
For the over-nighters
Don’t make the mistake of taking a 50 degree rated sleeping bag on a 30 degree night – just add a well insulated liner like the Reactor by Sea to Summit and you’ll get up to 20 degrees of extra warmth.
Just a reminder: I’m on maternity leave. While I will be checking emails, I may not respond as quickly as usual!