Tips for your Winter Engagement Shoot
An engagement session takes some planning, but a photoshoot in the winter takes a little more thought, so here are some tips for your winter engagement shoot. Don’t let the cold scare you off from getting gorgeous photos, especially if there’s snow on the ground! There are definitely ways to prepare for winter engagement photos to get images you’ll absolutely love!
Think about how you react to cold
If you love the winter weather, an engagement photo session during this season is perfect for you! However, if you feel uncomfortable in the cold, you should probably reconsider as it will definitely show in your images.
If you do opt for a winter engagement session, plan ahead! Wait for a day with a decent snowfall and be sure to talk to your photographer about backup dates if the roads are too icy or the snow suddenly melts.
Be sure to bundle up
You want to look cute, but you also don’t want to freeze! A great trick is wearing fleece-lined tights under your pants or creating an outfit with multiple layers. A sweater, a scarf and a classy winter coatis will match with the winter theme and will be sure to keep you from shivering all day.
Choose the right time of day
This is where the guidance of a professional photographer comes in especially handy. It’s best to avoid the afternoon because the snow can be blinding during the afternoon of a sunny day. Around sunset is the best as this will create a softer lighting and won’t be too harsh on your eyes. While the weather is colder at that time, it’s definitely worth it for the images you can get.
Pick a gorgeous location
If you already know a place that look stunning during the winter, go for it! If you’re not sure, your photographer can recommend lots of great locations to choose from. A snow covered forest or snowy mountains as a backdrop is perfect for an outdoor theme. If you prefer a city location, choose a place where you can capture the lights and festivities on the buildings.
Take plenty of breaks
Taking photos in the snow can be fun, but also exhausting. If you need a moment to relax or go inside to warm up between shots, don’t be afraid to let your photographer know – chances are they need it too. To plan ahead, consider bringing some coffee or hot cocoa to help keep you stay energized throughout your session.
Take advantage of fewer crowds
Winter is a time when most people prefer to cozy up inside, especially if it’s snowing, so this is the perfect opportunity to get photos in places you love that are usually busy or crowded. If you live in a city, this allows for beautiful scenery without the worry of other people getting in the way.
Have fun and be playful
The best winter engagement photos are the ones of you and your partner snuggling up or even tossing snowballs at each other. Don’t be afraid to get silly and have a little fun! Your photos should capture your unique personalities and show the joy you feel together.
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