Today we will talk briefly about mountain photoshoots — this (and travels) is a part of my portfolio that gets the most wow-s and questions during friendly chats after my masterclasses.

I was fortunate enough to live just 1-hour drive from the Alps so I did mountains photoshoots every chance I got — first for my editorials and then for my clients. I think it makes sense to divide them into summer and winter photoshoots as they present a different sets of challenges.

In Summer the biggest experience was to do 2 days photoshoot that would include a hike to the mountain lake which wasn’t approachable by car.

  • If you hike with clothes in your backpack it’s no way to avoid wrinkles — make sure you know how to photoshop the fabric afterward
  • Morning is very cold high in the mountains even in July — your model could be ok posing during the day, but unable to work through the sunrise
  • Speaking of which, if you plan to use golden hour make sure you don’t have a slope covering the sun in the morning (evening) — by the time the sun rises above the slope the light won’t be soft anymore

In Winter I wasn’t adventurous enough to hike so we just took a cable car to the top of the mountain.

  • When you are thinking about how cold it will be, factor in the wind which is often strong on the mountain top. 0F with and without wind are different conditions both for you and your model
  • Also, it’s best to visit the location by yourself once to find good spots because every semi-dangerous cliff with a good view will likely have a safe fence that will disrupt the natural backdrop
  • Finally, clouds are often stuck at the mountain tops so you can put all the effort into preparation and come to the view below. Make sure to check both forecast and live camera view of your location online.

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