Emily | The dancer in the snow | St Ives Estate, Bingley

I’ve been super excited to share these portraits in the snow that I took of the lovely Emily on Wednesday 28th February. Emily – a lovely dancer that I’ve known for years – contacted me a week previously asking if we could do some snow portraits. Having photographed Emily previously (in warmer weather) I’d mentioned my vision of taking photos of a dancer in the snow and had joked at the time if she would be willing if we ever got the chance. So you can imagine my delight when Emily pre-empted my call to her.

After arranging last minute childcare with a very helpful friend (because the schools were closed) the plan was set.

Whilst the rest of Bingley were house bound, whilst the schools were closed and most of you were wrapped up warm at home or work, we ventured out to my favourite local park. Being one of the only cars on the road (three skidded and one crashed behind me!) I began to doubt if we’d ever get to our frozen wonderland. As we drove into the park, I could have been in the depths of Austria – it was breathtaking. It also took your breath away being -6c on the car thermometer and at least -10c outside.

My aim of the photoshoot was to capture fresh, natural portraits showing Emily – the snow princess – in her environment completely oblivious of the cold.  Great ideas seem easy when you’re in the warmth of the car. When we stepped outside and started walking to the lake, I knew that my main aim was to keep Emily from going blue (!?). Secondly, I quickly realised I’d need to work fast and keep my fingers from freezing. Thirdly, I was keen to get the right kind of ‘white’ as photographing snow can be so tricky.

Once in place, Emily got changed and I started photographing – both of us dreaming of warm sunny beaches. After ten minutes we stopped for a quick warm up then we marched around the lake to a sunny spot and Emily ran through very deep snow (in her pointe shoes) to a lovely unspoilt patch of snow between the trees. By this time neither of us could think straight, the wind was biting, I had no feeling in my fingers and Emily’s feet had frozen and we both were struggling to speak… however these are some of my favourite photos…such beautiful light, natural smiles, loads of laughter and a light and airy feeling to the photos. Here are a selection of our favourites. Enjoy x

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

 

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

Emily | Portraits in the Snow | Bingley

I absolutely loved taking these portraits of Emily. It invigorated me as a photographer. It made me think quickly. It made me laugh. It challenged me. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and more importantly it made us both smile. Not every photograph is technically 100% accurate however working at minus 10 it’s quite hard! I hope these pictures have bought a smile to your face this morning and can remind you how beautiful winter can be. If you’d like me to capture your memories then please contact me on memoreis@ceciliacostello.co.uk and I’ll be delighted to chat through your photoshoot and get you booked in.

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