So you’re thinking of winter engagement photos, but the weather makes you nervous? Totally understandable. But fear not. If planned well, winter engagement photos can be so darn beautiful.

Winter in Ottawa can be unpredictable. And this year is no exception. I’m writing this as the city prepares for 30-40cms of snow over the next 24 hours. It’s going to get crazy.

So in the spirit of embracing this next “Snowmageddon” I’m looking back on some of my favourite winter sessions and giving you a few tips for planning and scheduling your own!

 

Tip #1: At-home Photos

Plan to start your session at home. It’s a nice way to ease into the photo session, and you get some really cute photos of you and your partner at home, where you’re most comfortable, just being yourselves. You can always head out afterwards for some more photos, and that way you’ve got a nice variety of indoor and outdoor photos. This is especially helpful on a cold winter day. Because let’s be honest, we only look cute for so long in the cold before our eyes start watering and nose running.

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Bonus: If you’ve got pets at home, this is a great way for them to be part of the photos.

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Tip #2: Wear Layers

Tuques, scarves, mitts, and cozy sweaters will be your best friend during winter engagement sessions. If it’s mild enough, you can take off some of your layers, and if not, at least you’ll be cozy and look stylish!

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Tip #3: Embrace to Snow & Snuggle Up

A light snowfall during your winter session is a photographer’s dreaaaam. So delicate and pretty, and it really sets the scene. So appreciate mother nature, snuggle up to your partner, and rock your winter session!

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Fun fact: Kevin & Riley actually wanted a fall engagement session. And as luck would have it – we got our first snowfall of the season at the start of their session. But you know what, it turned out beautifully. Look at those gorgeous snowflakes. They laughed, and rocked their fall/winter session for what it was!

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Tip #4: Grab a Coffee

If it’s really cold, you can always take a break – or end your session – at a local coffee shop. Warm up with a hot cuppa’ and spend some more time chatting with your photographer. Such a nice way to end a session.

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Tip #5: Have Fun!

Last but not least, have fun! Engagement photos are a chance to goof around, get to know your photographer, and have fun with your love. Nothing you do will change the weather, so just embrace it and make the most of it!

(Final thoughts: be flexible and open to rescheduling. If it’s freezing rain, there’s a polar vortex, or it would be unsafe for you and/or your photographer to travel, reschedule for a later date. Our schedules are a little bit more flexible throughout the winter, so don’t be afraid to postpone).

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