I was asked by a customer in New York:
“What do you do when a customer wants natural dating photos but the weather’s cold”?
Dating photo tips from Melody
I recently asked talented LookBetterOnline photographer Melody about shooting dating photos when it’s cold and here’s her answer!
Hi Giles, it was an interesting coincidence, when I was asked to write something up for the LBO blog on ‘How do you make people comfortable in the dead of winter’, the following testimonial came in from my latest client:
“Melody was very good at finding a variety of locations for photographs, even in the cold weather! She was able to elicit different moods (from me) for the photos, and she was generous with her time.”
The same client also said
“Just because its winter, you still want to date, maybe even more so, a good partner can help you avoid the winter isolation and bring warmth and fun to the season”
What you want to do to is psych yourself up for a photo-shoot and dress for a winter date!
By getting your photos done during winter, you are ensuring that by late spring and summer you will have a friend, or more, to date and do things together.
Cold weather locations in New York
As a native New Yorker, I know all the ins and outs, nooks and crannies where I make sure that my clients are comfortable and interested. I myself am not a member of the Polar bear club, i.e., I don’t believe in walking more than one block in the cold.
All the places I use are all within a half to one block from all the subway stops. I use many unique and elegant places to get your shots. Usually we start at a very upscale hotel lobby in the Columbus Circle area. I even know of a ski lodge one block from the A train (see Moose heads in accompanying photo).
I also have a terrace with a startling view of the Time Warner building and Lincoln Center, where you can duck inside if it gets too cold. I have a press pass to shoot in the Time Warner Building itself, where the all glass atriums provide an urban outdoors–like lighting.
We are also a block and a half from Central Park South, surrounded with Pedi cabs and horse and buggies for added local backgrounds color (not to mention a few yards from unique cafes to duck into for shelter and a café.)
On a day when it is impossible to go outside, (a lot of rain or snow) I love the results in shooting in The Temple of Dendur, at the Metropolitan Museum of art, the authentic relocated remains of an Egyptian temple with one whole wall of glass window looks out at Central Park.
To book a session with Melody click HERE
On location shoots
One of the things I love about on location shoots, is that it’s impossible to feel self-conscious because you are so involved in new and interesting surroundings. If you are really shy though, I can find us more private places, including your office or apartment. Hopefully you’ll take my cue regarding public shooting, which is that it is very anonymous. Everybody has a camera and is usually focusing it on their friend, themselves, or upward at some vertical skyscraper. Sometimes I wish they would notice. But I find walking or shooting on the crowded streets of NY ironically is really a very private affair. . (unless you’re a famous celebrity).
All of these places have convenient and well-maintained rest rooms that can be used for changing outfits, if desired. (My recommendation for winter though, is to layer your outfits, so you don’t have to carry more than necessary.)
New York insider
Incidentally, I provide you with some good New York insider ideas for meetings and dates for the (near) future.
As a special bonus, if you book an early morning appointment with me, at the end of our shoot while you are selecting your photo picks, I like to take you to my new favorite breakfast place, for a fresh French pressed cup of coffee and the best donut I have ever had, at my treat!
To see more of Melody’s work or book a photo session with her click HERE