Moving from the wonderful world of Hawaii was definitely a daunting experience – moving from Hawaii to one of the colder and snowier places in the United States didn’t make it sound any more inviting. If you haven’t heard yet, we’ve recently set up shop in Park City, Utah! I had no idea what to expect when I flew out here to my new home, but so far, it has been an incredible experience.

We recently held a fantastic shoot with the Shumway family here at the Hyatt Centric Park City, the location of our first Park City branch. They were absolutely fantastic to work with. Their 2-year-old daughter, Claire, was a candid masterpiece. She spent the majority of the shoot laughing with her parents and just overall having a blast. Clayton and Shea let us know before the shoot that Shea is newly pregnant and they had actually brought a tripod out with them to try and take their own photos, so we were both very lucky! They ended up getting some amazing (if I do say so myself) shots for baby announcements and we got to work with an incredible family!Couples Photography, Family Photography, Expectant Mother, Utah Photographer, Utah Photography, Park City, Utah, Park City Photographer, Park City Photography, Snow Photography, Winter Photography, Family Photo Session, Mother to Be, Winter Photo Shoot, Winter Photographer, Winter, Snow, Outdoor Photography, Outdoor Photo Session, Growing Family, Snow Photography, Snow Landscape, Snow Portraits I’ve gotta say, shooting here in Park City is a bit different from Maui. Let’s just say that I have invested in hand warmers! Shooting in the snow and the cold is actually very nice. It is cloudy here often, bringing beautiful lighting for almost the entire day. Plus, there can’t be many things better than capturing parents running around with their kids in fresh powder!

Tips that I’ve got if you ever decide to move out to the frozen landscape that is the Northern Midwest and start a photography company:

  1. LAYERS – Seriously. I can’t emphasize this enough. Too heavy of a jacket and you’ll start burning up, so wear lots of light layers. Once you get back to the lodge, prepare to shed them.
  2. Fingerless gloves – These puppies are great for shooters. Keep a large glove on your non-shutter hand and for the other, get a pair of gloves where you can take off the finger section.
  3. Temperature with DSLR’s – Unless you’re shooting in sub-0 temperatures (which I am seriously praying I will get to avoid), your camera won’t freeze up. That being said, you need a high quality memory card that can handle the cold. Some memory cards can start to malfunction below 32 degrees.
  4. SNOW ANGELS – Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Hey, you’re no longer on the beach in Maui drinking Mai Thai’s, but that’s okay! There are beautiful mountain ranges, fresh powder, and hot chocolate for days. And did I mention fireplaces?!

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– written by James (Hyatt Centric, Park City)