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A Photographer’s Guide to a Winter Engagement Session


November 1, 2021

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Today I am sharing my guide as a photographer to your winter engagement session! Let’s begin.


Keep the Holidays in Mind

The winter season means the holidays are approaching! Be sure to be mindful of when and where you schedule your engagement session. There might be local events that could clash with your photos. Places that are typically open for photography could be booked or blocked off due to the holidays. 

You will also want to book your photographer in advance. Along with engagement sessions and weddings, many families are scheduling their holiday card photos. If you plan ahead, you will be able to pick the best day for you.

Research the Weather

This is a must for every engagement session. Especially during the winter, the weather can be unpredictable. Cooler locations can result in snow or ice. Have a backup plan in mind in the case of inclement weather! Your photographer will work with you to plan some backup dates. If there is snow and you can still make it to your engagement photography, what a nice winter surprise!

Bundle Up

Even if the weather won’t result in your engagement session being rescheduled, it can indicate whether you should wear more layers or not. Bring 2-3 options just in case! Bring a cozy blanket to bundle up with as well between photos. In fact, sometimes the photos including the blanket can be so sweet. 

Pack a Kit

Wedding pros always have a kit with them of essentials, and you can too! Bring a kit specifically for your winter photography. This can include a thermos for warm drinks, gloves and hats, granola bars, your extra clothing options, and some makeup to touch up with. Throw in some comfortable shoes no matter where you are going. There is a lot of walking and standing involved in any engagement session.

Wear Seasonal Colors

Not sure what to wear? Look to Pinterest! Start with the basics like sweaters and boots. Then, add in some seasonal colors. Jewel tones, deep reds, greens, and metallics are perfect for the season. However, be sure to bring some neutral outfits that go along with your wedding design. You could be utilizing these photos for your invitations or wedding website!


Find a Creative Backdrop

A natural backdrop is always so stunning. I mean, there is nothing like fresh greenery and vibrant sunset. However, the leaves fall during this time of year and the view of the sky can be tricky. Get creative with a new backdrop idea! Your city will have some artistic murals or architecture to pose in front of. So, you will have more options to choose from without depending on nature alone. 

Winter engagement session photography in North Carolina in front of mural

Go Indoors

I am sure you have seen the majority of engagement photos outside! I always recommend capturing at least a few photos outdoors but, don’t be afraid to choose an indoor option. You won’t have to worry about the sun setting or being too cold. Choosing an indoor engagement session can make your photos extra unique.

Winter engagement session at Duke Mansion


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