See the great challenges of outfit photos in the Arctic
GNW Luxe cashmere merino wool sweater, Gucci chain printed scarf, Max Mara orange skirt, GNW tight, smoky quartz bracelet, Söfft shearling booties and Hermes collier de chien cuff (all own)

Dark days in Alaska make photography an art

Taking outfit photos at this time a year at 64.8569° N, 147.8028° W is quite a challenge. Thus, we try to take them inside or in lighted places outside when possible. In these photos, I like the reflection of the outfit in the glass of the storm door. It makes a nice interesting mix with what can be seen in the dark of the front yard.

#midlifestyle Arctic fashion blogger Nicole presenting an office look with red orange scarf, winter heels and tights
Side view of outfit with GNW Luxe cashmere merino wool sweater, Gucci silk scarf, Max Mara skirt, GNW tight, Söfft booties (all own)

Note in Fairbanks, you actually don’t need storm doors to protect from the wind, but to have some extra insulation. Without them you would get ice build-up on the inside of the door at 30 below (-34.4°C) or so.

Back to the subject: Why is it so hard to take photos in winter in Alaska?

#agelessstyle outfit photo taken inside zooming in on the print and necklace
Zoom-in on the Gucci scarf and statement necklace (all own)

Short daylight hours reduce window for shots

On December 21, the shortest day of the year, the Sun rises at 10:58 am and sets at 2:39 pm. In total there are 3 hours and 41 minutes of daylight. However, the Sun is not high in the sky. See for instance the photo of the winter solistice in Fairbanks in this post. The Sun rises at 155o and sets at 205o, i.e. approximately between SE and SSE, and SSW and SW, respectively. In other words, the light conditions are not great. On a sunny day – due to the long path that the sun beams take thru the atmosphere – the light is pink in Alaska in winter. Pretty kitschy, right?

Currently, we loose 10 minutes of daylight each day! Living in the dark!

#midlifestyle snapshot of the back view of a color wheel inspired work outfit taken inside with a view on the snow outside
Back view of the new look of the day with Söfft buckle heels, GNW tight, Max Mara pencil, GNW Luxe top, Hermes collier de chien bangle and Gucci scarf (all own)

The camera gets the ambient temperature

Another challenge is the zeroth law of thermodynamics. It says that any object strives to achieve be in equilibrium temperature with its environment. Of course, a camera also adjusts to its ambient temperature. This fact has two major impacts. At temperatures below -4F (-20°C) the photographers fingers get pretty cold.

#turningfashionintostyle mature blogger combining neutrals with a pop of color
Front view of the look. GNW Luxe top, Gucci scarf, Max Mara bottom, GNW opaque tight (worn over pantyhose to stay warm), Söfft boots, smoky quartz bracelet, and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Batteries suffer from the cold

The time between being able to use the flash takes forever as the battery gets cold and starts freezing. When you enter a room with a camera cooled down to those outside conditions, condensation occurs inside the camera. Sometimes even little ice particles form. The consequence? Guess what? Blurry photos! I can’t believe that some people want that on purpose and even use filters to get the effect! In the sub-Arctic you get it for free when you don’t pay attention.

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The new look of the day

When you are like me and you have work tomorrow, here is an outfit inspiration that doesn’t read I can’t wait for the holidays to begin. Here I went with various hues and shades of orange. Since brown is a neutral and dominates in the look the orange acts as a pop of color. Brown is actually orange with a lot of black. The colors of the scarf are hues of orange.

When you are uninspired taking the color wheel to make a stunning look is a great option. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

I scored the scarf in a consignment store for just $20! Pretty lucky! Well, one woman’s trash, is another’s treasure. 😉

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. yourtrueselfblog

    Hi, Nicole
    You must be amazingly organized to be ready to shoot at the perfect time of day for lighting! This post is really enlightening. (Loll! No pun intended.)
    Thanks, Angie

  2. Liz

    Thank you so much for sharing my outfit <3 Loved this post! I had no idea about the challenges of shooting int he extreme cold. You are doing amazing!


  3. Jodie

    I would have thought about the cold to a person, and the little time of light, but never about the fact that the extreme cold is hard on the camera. You do such an amazing job, Nicole!

  4. shelbeeontheedge1

    Oh wow, Nicole! Less than 4 hours of daylight? I don’t think I could handle it! I thought it was bad here with less than 9 hours of daylight…I just want to be in pajamas when it’s dark! I am loving your red skirt outfit and that beautiful Gucci scarf!


  5. nifty50girl4237

    Thank you for sharing life in Alaska during the winter. I find it so interesting all the struggles you go thru to take a pic due to the lack of light and cold during the winter.

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