A Photographer's Guide to Napa Valley Seasons:

What to Wear and Expect

If your'e planning a trip to Napa Valley, before even picking a date! You should be looking at what the seasonal weather is like. many people are drawn to the rolling hills and vineyards, but some seasons make it a lot harder to enjoy that! This is especially true if you are thinking about capturing some unforgettable moments with a portrait session! The good news is you've come to the right place. As your friendly neighborhood portrait photographer, I'm here to share some insider tips on how to dress, prepare, and what to expect in each season of this stunning wine country.


Let's start with spring. My personal favorite in Napa Valley—it's like Mother Nature hits the refresh button, and everything comes to life in a burst of color and energy. Plus on a good year, you will get a super bloom and the flower fields (mustard especially) are ENDLESS. Now, when it comes to dressing for your portrait session, think layers. While the days might be warm and sunny, the mornings and evenings can still have a nip in the air. So, grab a light jacket or sweater to throw on when the sun dips down. And don't forget your sunscreen and shades! The sun can be sneaky this time of year. I can not recommend it more, spring in Napa Valley is heaven on earth!


Now, onto summer. Get ready for some serious sunshine and blue skies! When it comes to dressing, keep it cool and casual. Think lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen to beat the heat. Flowy dresses, shorts, and breezy tops are your best friends for staying comfy during a session And since the sun likes to work overtime in the summer, you can't go wrong with a trusty old hat, sunscreen, glasses, and water to stay hydrated during your session. But the real reason for summer photo sessions? GOLDEN HOUR. It's pure magic in the summer—trust me, you won't want to miss it!


Fall, or as we like to call it, harvest season, is a photographer's dream. Picture-perfect vineyards painted in shades of red, orange, and gold—it's like stepping into a postcard. Now, for your wardrobe, think cozy chic. Layers are key here, my friends. Bring along a comfy sweater or jacket to keep warm when the temperatures start to dip. And since the weather can be a bit unpredictable, it never hurts to throw an umbrella in your bag, and always have a backup plan for unpredicted rain!


Last but not least, winter. While Napa Valley might not get as chilly as some other places, it can still get icy cold in the winter months. So, layer up! The more layers the better, so you can peel them off if needed. And since rain is a strong possibility, make sure your shoes are up to the task. even bringing a second pair just in case you run into potentially muddy vineyards. But hey, don't let a little rain dampen your spirits—winter in Napa Valley brings LOTS of beautiful, lush, greenery, especially in the mountains. If it does happen to rain, a winery offers beautiful tasting rooms and caves to explore inside!

So there you have it, a crash course in dressing for the seasons in Napa Valley. Remember to check the weather forecast before your session, and don't be afraid to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

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