Hope you’re staying warm and cozy, friends!!
I photographed so many more engagements last winter than this winter…but I’m excited to photograph one tomorrow! I wanted to help you with some advice, before you head out in the cold and the snow to create photographs you’ll have for a lifetime
As with everything, preparation is key. The location, the details, the outfits, all don’t just happen – they take planning.
Here are some helpful tips for you as you start to envision your winter session!
This is one of the most important considerations for the session. What you wear really impacts how you look and how the photograph looks as a whole! I always suggest 2 outfits; I suggest this 1. to give you more variety in images as you display them around the house; and 2. so you can experiment with 2 different “looks.”
The first look I suggest is a little formal; perhaps a cute winter dress and heels, or a sweater dress and boots, with a big “statement” necklace and scarf. Another idea for this outfit is to bring in a little color! It will “pop” beautifully right off the wintery white background.
The second look I suggest is more casual; this is where the casual sweater dress and boots, or cute sweater and jeans with boots comes in, with a big comfortable scarf and jacket.
Here are some examples of two casual outfits, and a formal outfit:
Solid colors are always classy; and patterns are great in winter! If you wear patterns, make sure yours and your fiancee’s don’t clash Consider colors that don’t wash out your skin tone but that compliments your coloring nicely.
Try on your outfit before the session, and consider that you will be standing up and sitting down in a variety of poses. Make sure you’re able to move comfortably while it still looks cute!
And lastly, consider WARMTH…
Your outfits should be warm, but definitely bring warm jackets! You can put on your warm puffer jacket on in between the photographs, or you can wear a nice wool coat during the shoot.
Make sure to have hats, scarves, gloves, and warm socks and BOOTS! You can bring hot chocolate or a warm drink. And of course, blankets!!
Big blankets are not only warm but they’re romantic and sweet! A definite win.
It gets cold FAST. Trust me – spending a couple of hours shooting will not work unless you have ways to keep warm!!
Ladies, I know it sounds like a small detail, but it’s not. Makeup makes SUCH a difference in how you appear on camera. I know you’ve heard that actors and actresses wear heavier makeup under stage lights. Similar for you, it’s helpful to wear a little more makeup than you usually do before the session. The light will wash you out a little, and especially with all the white around you! So you’ll want to make sure your skin and face “pop” a little more!
I highly suggest you consider using a makeup artist, even doing a trial with the one booked for your wedding. If you need any recommendations, please ask! This way, you are able to see how they work AND be able to feel good and special for your engagement session.
Leave this part to me! I will make sure that we schedule your session as close as possible to before sunset, when the light is warmest and most beautiful! You can expect that we’ll shoot from about 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in January, or 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in February.
Details and styling may sound like “extras” to your images, and they are. But they’re more than that. They’re ways for you to express who you are, what you love and your relationship with your fiancee. The details make the setting look more beautiful, more romantic, and more fun. Get as creative as you’d like! Think about setting a beautiful and cozy winter scene. From hot chocolate mugs, to mistletoe, to plaid winter blankets, to lanterns, candles or lights, to ice skates, to trucks or vintage cars; the more creative the ideas, the better!!
I love when the images become even more uniquely YOU, and the details are such a great way to do that.
6. ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE
I know this is probably your first time being professionally photographed, but what is probably most important on this list is, RELAX and HAVE FUN! I will help you pose, to feel comfortable, to relax, and to laugh. That’s my job.
This engagement experience only happens once. Prepare to get a little snowy and have fun with it!
Here’s to an amazingly gorgeous, fun winter engagement session! And who knows, maybe we can catch some magical snow flurries…
I can’t wait to get to know you and capture your love.