If you plan on facing the wintry elements for your engagement pictures, you probably have a lot more to consider than a couple whose session takes place in milder weather. To help you make the most of your winter photo session, here are some tips to capture some amazing pictures.
Taking your pictures during the winter means that you will undoubtedly be cold during your session. If you are someone who dreads the cold, make sure you do not display your discomfort in your pictures. You can try to plan your session to be held on a day with slightly warmer temperatures so you feel more comfortable. On the other hand, if you love cold weather, you should try to schedule your session when there is a considerable amount of snow on the ground as freshly fallen snow has a very aesthetically pleasing affect.
What to Wear
Since you will probably be spending a considerable amount of time outdoors, do not hesitate to layer up! You can wear fleece-lined tights under your jeans or accessorize with gloves, scarves, and mittens. Besides, your picture will look more natural if you are dressed appropriately for a cold climate.
Timing is Key
Most wedding photographers recommend scheduling shoots an hour before the sun sets. During the winter, this would probably mean that your session will take place around 4:00pm. This timing will allow the sun to create a shimmering effect on the snow, which is very visually pleasing.
Seek out a forest location, such as a park that includes pine trees. Pine trees are great for winter photoshoots because they contrast nicely with the white snow and pine needles and bark add great texture. Some other great options include backgrounds featuring snow-peaked mountains, a city decorated with holiday lights, or at an ice skating rink.