Idyllic chaos travels:
skiing 2019

Me discussing this article with Charlotte: “So what angle are we taking for skiing”

C: “Well it’s generally downhill”

 
 

In January, My boyfriend and I, Charlotte and her friend all flew to Val Thorens, France for 2 weeks of skiing, sledging and snow!

This was my first time skiing properly (not on a dry slope/with family)  and I was a little scared, ngl. On the first day of skiing C taught me how to turn but not how to stop… (C: To be fair I was a truly awful teacher…)

After this I asked Ben (the boyfriend) to teach me, and it wasn’t long before he was chucking me down blues and wishing me the best. Learning by failing was pretty much the way I survived this trip! Luckily for me I was travelling with three very experienced skiers, not so luckily for them I knocked them over, a lot. My end goal for the holiday was to nail parallel turns and though I didn’t exactly nail them per say, I definitely got close.

Two weeks and much butt sliding later, with George Ezra playing softly through my headphones I was whizzing down the slopes, only wiping out every couple of runs.

The main thing I learned is that it is much harder to fall off a mountain than I thought!

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In this shot, I found a cactus… Sometimes the most random ideas make for great photos!

In this shot, I found a cactus… Sometimes the most random ideas make for great photos!

Obviously because me and C were together in a pretty location, we had to get some pictures in the snow! Of course it was hard to find nice outfits that looked cute and were warm enough, so there was a lot of running back in, standing on the radiator and then dashing back out again.

C: The weather was so changeable that it was hard to get cohesive photos! If you see R’s photos have a much birghter/more colourful background and that’s because the clouds came down very fast as we were swapping around. It made for some fun challenges when editing!

A few onlookers in the apartments nearby gave us an odd glance as we were out in the snow dressed inappropriately for the weather, but we didn’t worry too much about that. It was a good excuse to throw snow at the photographer and claim it was “for a good shot”. (C: *sighs*)

Despite having a small space to work with the photos came out really well, and C only nearly fell backwards off the balcony.. oops!

We were lucky enough to have an apartment that had gorgeous views over the mountains and the valley that most the ski lifts were nestled in. This made for some stunning background in the shots.


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Having a big dark coloured hood, helps distinguish me from the background!


 
 

Snow Photography Tips!


Hi there, Charlotte here with a few tips for people mad enough to risk their gear in weather like this!

  1. PROTECTING YOUR CAMERA - When going inside after taking photos in the snow, its reccomended that you seal the camera in a plastic ziplock bag, and leave it in there to warm up slowly and naturally. This should keep too much condesation from forming in the camera, and making water that would break it! NEVER try to fast heat your camera on a radiator, as that can cause water to form quickly.

  2. SHOOTING OUTSIDE - Plan your shots! We kept the camera in its bag until the last minute we could, and made sure we were in position before getting it out to shoot! Snow turns straight to water on the camera, so heavy snowfall just makes rain - e.g. NOT GOOD! Pose your model first, and have a vague idea of the settings you want if possible for fast shooting, and bring something to dry off the camera in between locations.

  3. EDITING - when editing snow photos, it tends to work best if you try to keep the snow as white as possible! Often straight from the camera it can look slightly grey, and it’s easy to miss, so take that extra minute to check how it looks! (Exposure/Contrast/Blues and Yellows/Clarity in Lightroom work well on snow).

We want to see what you guys can do! Send in your examples of snow photos to @idyllicchaos on Instagram to be featured in our story <3