There’s nothing more magical than a photo shoot in the snow, so why not embrace a winter wonderland with winter engagement photos? Festive, seasonal, and even holiday-inspired, a wintery engagement session is the perfect option for couples seeking an added touch of enchantment to their photos.
So you can take snowy snapshots of your very own, we’ve consulted some of the wedding industry’s top photographers to provide tips on bracing the cold, layering up, and scouting out your city’s best holiday decor. Impromptu photos in your favorite coffee shop or taking a cozy snapshot in your home are just a few tips to consider while keeping warm.
For more tips and tricks on executing flawless winter engagement photos, warm up to these ideas that will inspire you to embrace the most wonderful time of the year.
Showcase Fallen Snow
KT Merry, owner of KT Merry, traveled to Chicago with her couple in January hoping for snow. “When we arrived, the ground was covered in dirty slush and was hardly beautiful,” Merry says. “But in the afternoon, our wish was granted, and it began to snow.” With a wintry mix, temperatures can drop quickly but don’t let that deter you from embracing the elements for your photos.
Strategize Staying Warm
Shooting in the winter in New York City is undeniably romantic. Jon and Brittani Hon, founders of The Hons, suggest planning out your engagement session to strategize staying warm. “We enjoy starting these sessions inside, either at a café, bar, or inside of the couple’s apartment,” they say. “We move to a second location after getting all bundled up to get those iconic outdoor shots looking warm and cozy...and we are sure to always keep moving!"
Dress the Part
“Nothing reflects the light better than a pristine blanket of snow,” says Ashley Sawtelle, owner of Ashley Sawtelle, who emphasizes the importance of a warm winter wardrobe. “Don’t forget to dress the part, snuggle in and move around to stay warm,” Sawtelle advises.
Utilize Your Location
“When the weather turns cold, cozy up in your favorite sweater or jacket and take photos close to home,” suggests Kat Braman, owner of Kat Braman. “From snuggling up on the couch with your sweetheart to strolling under holiday lights, winter is the perfect time to document your love where you spend the most time together,” she explains. For this couple, some of New York City’s favored spots served as the perfect backdrop for their photos.
Embrace Holiday Decor
One of the most valuable aspects to shooting winter engagement photos is being able to indulge in your city’s holiday decor. “Why not utilize the festive pieces around your environment and incorporate them into your session’s backdrop,” says Sara Wight, owner of Sara Wight Photography. For this wintery couple, a giant decorative wreath was the perfect focal point to their engagement photos.
Pile on the Layers
“A lot of my couples are worried what to do with their hands,” says Britt, owner of BrittRene Photography, who says wearing layers not only provides warmth, but an unconventional prop. “Play with a hat, scarf, or big cozy jacket when taking your photos,” she suggests. Not only will incorporating these into your photos create a playful prop, but will give you some extra hand placement options.
Take Advantage of Crowd-Free Locations
Melani Lust, owner of Melani Lust Photography, considers one of the most significant benefits to winter engagement photos is the lack of crowds. “Some of the best spots are empty, so this gives us a lot of wonderful options for scenery,” Lust says. “We can direct our couples with more movement because the odds are there won't be people in the background to avoid.”
Add a Pop of Color
For this couple, a bright red umbrella served as an unexpected pop of color, perfect for shielding fallen snow as well as complementing the all-white backdrop. “Sometimes, props or unplanned moments can result in the most stunning final photos,” says Roey Yohai, owner of Roey Yohai Studios. Develop a color scheme for your attire prior to your session to create a gorgeously coordinated look.