• Allison Foley

Tips for a Snowy Engagement Session

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

I just love that more and more photographers are including an engagement shoot with their wedding packages. Having an engagement shoot not only provides you with professional non-wedding day photos, it also is an amazing opportunity to get to know your photographer on a more personal level so that you don’t waste time being camera shy on the big day. If you are from Colorado, you know we are known for both our sunshine and snow. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the snow-covered scenery for your engagement shoot, but before you decide to go for it, make sure you are prepared.

Time Your Shoot

Be sure to ask your photographer for their professional recommendation on when to schedule your shoot. They will be able to tell you what time of day will deliver the best quality photographs. As a general rule, try to avoid midday as the sun can cause some glaring reflections. The golden hour (the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset) almost always produces amazing lighting for photography, no matter the time of year.

Planned Breaks

By the end of an hour in the snow your photographer’s fingers will be frozen and your adoring smiles will likely become less genuine. Pack hot chocolate and leave your car running if you are headed to a location without shelter nearby. If your photoshoot is to take place in town, plan on stopping in at a coffee shop mid-session. Another option would be to have a multi-location shoot. After you’ve had your fill of outdoor photos, warm up, change, and finish your session at an indoor location of your choice. Your photographer will be a great resource to come up with ideas!

Put That Coat Back On!

There is no need to freeze for you to have an amazing session. Slip on a pair of leggings under your pants, wear thick socks inside your cute boots, and definitely accessorize with items that are both functional and fashionable. A cute dress in a winter wonderland will throw off the aesthetic of your pictures anyways.

How Does Cold Affect You (and your fiancé)?

If you are already snowbirds, this won’t be a problem for you, however, if you know that cold has a way of cracking your cheery mood, maybe skip the snow-covered mountains. A surly expression will definitely show through in your photographs. If you love the cold and a snowy engagement session is a must for you, check with your photographer to see if you can schedule a few backup dates in case your initial date won't allow for a snowy shoot either because of an unexpected blizzard or a major snow melt.

Cross Your Fingers

While your photographer won’t be able to guarantee a snow shower on the day of your shoot, the effects of falling snow are gorgeous in pictures. In the case snow isn't falling on the day of your shoot, bring your bestie to throw some snow for the photos (no snowballs please). If shot correctly the effects of tossed snow will be the same as the real thing.

Photography by Alaina Marquez at Drop Anchor Productions.

To view more of Alaina's work visit https://dropanchorproductions1.shootproof.com

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