How do you complete a winter photo shoot in the middle of spring? Simple. You remake winter.
I was recently hired to do a skate skiing shoot here in Anchorage, but under our increasing hours of sunshine, the snow was quickly disappearing from the trails. Determined not to be beaten by the warm weather and lose an assignment due to lack of snow, I took a shovel with me to the photo shoot last Friday evening.
It ended up being a good call, because when I got to the location with my two models, we were faced with a thin cover of melting mush over asphalt. Not exactly the kind of thing you want for a ski shoot. We spent an hour recreating winter by shoveling and and packing snow down along a 150-foot section of the trail. Our hard work paid off, because we were able to get the assignment done and even received positive response from the client after they reviewed the shots.