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There is something about the morning after a fresh snow that makes me feel nostalgic. The memories of "snow days" from my childhood come beaming to the surface: The day off from school, a cup of hot cocoa, and hours of building forts and snowmen in the yard.

A Bernese Mountain Dog puppy posing in the snow at Central Park in Carmel, Indiana
Harvey, the Bernese Mountain Dog, looking adorable while enjoying his Snow Session!

Adults need snow days too! One of my favorite ways to enjoy Indiana's wintery weather is playing with my pup in the snow. Even though Mickey can't build a solid snow ball (opposable thumbs really are important), he loves chasing after them and then looking around in a stupor trying to determine where they went. (He isn't the best at playing fetch either, but hey - I love him anyway!)

A cozy living room with dog photography on the walls.
A cozy living room with Harvey's Snow Session wall art.

Capturing the adventure of our snow day together is SO important to me. I love putting those memories on IG and Facebook to remind me of them for years to come. The images also make absolutely gorgeous prints and wall art. Even my goofy, never-listens pup looks serene and peaceful in snow session photographs.

If you are as excited as I am for snow this winter season, here are a few tips to capture your snowy adventure with your dog!

A Bernese Mountain Dog puppy posing in the snowy woodland scene at Central Park in Carmel, Indiana
Harvey, the Bernese Mountain Dog, having quite the adventure during his Snow Session!
  1. Go for a winter sniffari! Exploring the backyard was great when you were a kid, but it's time to kick things up a notch. Head to your favorite local park for a winter exploration with your pet. Having a fresh layer of snow on top of the world makes sniffing out "the good stuff" even more exciting! Need some ideas on where to go for a sniffari in Hamilton county? Check out my post on the best locations to go!

  2. Get low! Getting yourself eye-level with your pet will improve the perspective of your photos. Since post-snow storm days can tend to be sunny, being low to the ground will help to prevent glare from the sun reflecting off of the snow.

  3. Call me! I'd love to capture some EPIC photos of your pup in the snow this winter. If you'd like to add your pet to the Snow Session Call List - pop over to the link at the bottom of the post. Snow sessions are one of my most favorite things in the world! Pets and their people seem to have *just* a little more fun on a snowy adventure than any other time of the year.

A Bernese Mountain Dog puppy posing with his parents' legs on either side of him in the snow at Central Park in Carmel, Indiana
Harvey, the Bernese Mountain Dog, posing with his parents.

Here are some things to keep in mind for your snow session:

  • Snow session dates and times can be unpredictable. So you and your pup will have to be ready within a few days (or sometimes single day) notice.

  • If you can't make a particular snow session date, don't worry! I'll keep you on the list for the next opportunity.

  • Session spots are filled on a "first come, first serve" basis. So the earlier you add your pet to the list, the faster you'll get to have your snow session!

  • It's free to add your pet to the Snow Session Call List. The session retainer fee works just like my standard sessions. It will be due when we book your actual session date. There is no extra charge for capturing your pet's adventure in the snow.

So bring on those snow days! If the weather folks get it right this time, and fingers crossed that they do... we should have some great opportunities for snow days this season.

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