While summer and spring are ideal for taking beautiful and romantic, light, airy and romantic engagement pictures, as a photographer you already recognize that winter engagement pictures are just as stunning. There are a myriad of winter engagement ideas you can play with such as snowy landscapes, peaceful villages wrapped in white as well as frozen lakes and rivers – to mention just several. It is important to prepare for a winter-themed engagement shoot and understand how to get the most of winter’s landscape. So here are some winter engagement tips and ideas on how you can capture your couple’s winter-themed engagement photos perfect.
WINTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Winter is among the most serene and beautiful seasons to take engagement pictures. However, it can be quite difficult. Here are some ideas and tips to help you and your loved ones get the most out of winter engagement photos:
LAYER UP FOR THE SEASON
Request your couples to choose warm winter layers for their wedding outfits. In order to capture the essence of winter months, you should plan pictures of your clients’ engagement in a cozy setting where they are just close to one to provide extra warmth. It will also help keep them warm throughout the photo shoot, but couples who are comfortable with a bit of PDA will be able to take super adorable photos by doing this. If you’re outside, make use of snowy backgrounds or empty trees. When you’re photographing indoors having your couple set up near a fireplace can make for great winter wedding photographs.
THINK ABOUT THE COLORS
For adorable winter engagement photos ideas, in addition to the request that your couple wear warm clothing, you could request them to wear outfits with color coordination or shades that will blend into their surroundings. You could, for instance, request them to wear an informal outfit that has striking colors set against a background with soft white, or request that the bride-to-be dress with a dress that is a perfect match for the neutral winter theme and background.
Winter is typically associated with muted colors; however, brighter colors can really make your photos sparkle when you’re in a snowy landscape. Try some shots of the engagement ring or other items. With a bit of planning and a little imagination you can come up with stunning winter engagement photos that your customers will treasure for a lifetime.
PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHT
When you are a photographer who is engaged, it is important to take note of and play around with different types of lighting. This includes making use of natural light when photographing in snow. Here are some tips for achieving this:
Lesser daylight hours and the lower angle of sun can produce spectacular lighting effects. Make sure to shoot during the golden hour for romantic, soft light in your photographs.
Although natural light is stunning, it could sometimes be harsh. Winter sunspots can cause long shadows. Using reflectors and off-camera flashes could aid in filling those shadows, and produce more even lighting.
Explore diverse ways to make use of lighting, including lighting the sides, backlighting and even using reflectors. Test various shutter speed, aperture settings, along with ISO levels. This will allow you to ensure that you are capturing the correct quantity of sunlight in your pictures.
The Christmas lights, indoors, and candles can give romantic warmth and romance to your photographs. Explore your creativity and try various light sources to create the best lighting and discover the best lighting for each photo.