Outfit photos are a challenge in Alaska in winter

It has gotten extremely cold lately. Thus, taking style photos becomes a real challenge for both the photographer and me. Once temperatures are around -40oC (-40F) the fingers get easily frozen to the camera body. The battery also does not like these low temperatures and its lifetime is reduced notably. Sometimes the camera just would not work because the battery is too cold. For me it is also pretty uncomfortable as I have to pose in the cold.

Can you believe that Fairbanksans have their photos taken in a bathing suits or just wearing a bikini at 40 below?

over 50 years old Alaskan fashion blogger in winter look with shearling coat and green beret
Shearling coat with green beret, Clark ankle boots, GNW tight and LV bucket bag (all own)

Low day light makes outfit photos dificult

Another challenge is the short daylight time. The Sun is just a little more than 3 hours above the horizon at this time a year. However, it provides a wonderful pink light.

fashion blogger in plaid skirt under shearling coat
Back view of shearling coat over plaid skirt worn with brown Clark booties, GNW tight and green beret

A shearling provides good insulation

The outerwear outfits are not so uncomfortable to pose for. It is the indoor outfit. Of course, one could shoot the indoor outfit indoors. However, that requires a flash. I do not like the illumination of flash light photos as much as I like natural light. Thus, I try to have the indoor outfit picture taken outside if possible.

midlife style blogger in winter business casual outfit of plaid skirt, tights, ankle boots and accessories
Printed GNW cardigan worn as top under long black GNW cardigan with plaid skirt, GNW black tights and Clark brown booties, accessorized with DIY statement belt (all own)

Berets are having a moment

To keep my head warm at these freezing temperatures I added a beret to my outerwear. Ok, this hat also ups the style factor. I always loved berets. When I was a Kid, I had an burnt orange one. When I saw this green beret on sale I had to have it. Not only because it’s a beret, but also because this deep green is my favorite hue of this color.

Photos: G. Kramm

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