Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and dog walking past snowy trees

All photos: Elena Shumilova

Need to cheer yourself up this winter?

The heartwarming portfolio of Russian photographer Elena Shumilova is filled with beautiful moments that illustrate the innocence and curiosity of childhood.

As a mother of two living on a rural farm with dozens of animals, Shumilova has no shortage of situations to shoot.

In her more wintry-themed photographs, it's easy to find yourself enchanted by Shumilova's distinct photographic style, even at a time of year that is often considered dreary.

Whether her two kids frolic in the snow with their dog or cuddle up with kitties against a frost-covered window, there's no doubt that these moments are the perfect embodiment of "hygge a Danish concept that roughly translates to "coziness."

Although Shumilova began her photographic journey relatively recently in 2012, it wasn't long before her photos found viral fame, gaining a social media following on her 500px and Flickr pages.

Continue below for more of Shumilova's winter-themed photographs that are sure to lift your winter blues.

Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Snow falling on boy
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Bunny and boy in the snow
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Sled and dog
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Geese and boy
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and campfire
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and dog on lake dock
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and kitten
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Catching snowflakes
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy trekking through snow to cabin
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and dog sitting in the snow
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Cat and snow shovel
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Dog in window
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy walking through snowy forest
Elena Shumilova's magical, wintry photography: Boy and cat under a Christmas tree
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