As a Wisconsin wedding photographer, I do plenty of engagement sessions in cold weather. Here are my favorite tips to make your winter engagement session a success!
Pick your location carefully
My first tip is to try to pick a location for the session where you can warm up if needed. Many parks have information centers that are great for this. If you are going to change outfits, it is especially nice to have a warm building to change in. It could be as simple as being able to park close by so that you can warm up in your car.
Ring photos first!
The second tip I have for winter engagement sessions is to focus on any photos with hands in them early in the session. This is more of a tip for photographers, but in my sessions I always prefer to do poses showing off the ring early in the session. Hands tend to get red or pink when they are cold and it just doesn’t look as nice in photos sometimes. So, prepare to have your hands out at first and then you can pop gloves on later in the session if you want! I do usually bring those little pocket hand warmers for couples if needed.
Dress in layers for your winter engagement session
One more tip I have for winter engagement sessions is layers. It seems obvious, but there is more to bringing layers than just staying warm. Adding a scarf or a jacket or hat to an outfit can give it a new look and will add more variety to the images you’ll receive from your session. These easy outerwear items are nice because you don’t have to completely change to get a brand-new look. So pack extra hats, scarves, mittens and jackets to maximize your winter engagement session! Also, remember that neutral colors look really nice in the winter so keep that in mind when picking outfits.