As a Washington, DC local photographer, I’m used to shooting weddings in every season. Hot or cold, dark or light, winter or summer, I’m down for capturing your memories at any time of year. Because I photograph in an area that gets all four seasons and all weather extremes, it takes some planning to capture the best photos. Winter can be particularly difficult for outdoor photos due to the weather and the sun setting so much earlier. We literally have to chase the light and the warmth in order to capture engagement photos in winter. Here are tips for how to make this happen and still stay warm!
Shooting engagement photos in and around the DC Metro area is such a privilege. But, it does require that I come prepared and properly prepare my couples so they are ready for outdoor engagement photos even in winter! I love doing engagement photos in winter because they are #1 Super Cold, #2 Super Fun #3 Super Cozy.
There’s just something about bundling up for the cold that makes you want to snuggle up with a loved one. When it comes to your movement for engagement photos in winter, the desire to get cozy is a plus! Nicole and Matt came prepared by dressing warm (I’m all about layering up!) and using the cold (and wind!) to get close together in order to stay warm and get the best shots!
They definitely started feeling more comfortable (and warmer!) in front of the camera as these two started moving around and cuddling. Movement is always key in capturing photos where you look the most comfortable, just like this couple did in a field full of fall wildflowers!
I LOVE engagement shoots because they accomplish so much in just one session:
I witness your relationship first-hand in a way that allows your full personality to come out. Seeing you two together in a more casual setting works as a foundation to guide me as I capture your photos on the wedding day. It’s also a great chance to get to know your pup or other pet which can teach me so much about you two as I capture you both loving on them!
It was super fun to chat with Nicole and Matt during their engagement photos and learn about their love for music, mountain adventures and their pup. Heading to the mountains is their activity of choice when needing to get away from the busy Baltimore city streets. But, they still love their hometown enough that they chose Fells Point, a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, for their outdoor engagement photos in winter!
Fells Point is a very busy spot in Baltimore so capturing your love at sunrise or sunset in this area is a great way to avoid the crowds! It’s also a great spot for wedding day of, day-before, or day-after photos if you are getting married in the city.
There are seriously so many directions you can take your winter engagements session:
Nicole and Matt bundled up in the cutest outfits and ended up having such a fun morning taking their outdoor engagement photos in winter. To up the warmth and snuggling factor, the couple was joined by their beloved mini goldendoodle named Ryder. As Nicole puts it, Ryder “is our #1 love, next to each other.” They were moving around a ton to stay warm and create genuine memories.
Wherever you decide to go, you definitely want to be properly dressed and prepared for any outdoor adventures:
The morning of Nicole and Matt’s engagement shoot it felt like we were in subzero temperatures with the wind chill coming off the water! To account for this, we took little breaks in a coffee shop nearby to warm back up throughout the session. If you aren’t in the city for your outdoor engagement photos in winter, bringing along a little thermos filled with a hot beverage and hand warmers can be really helpful.
Nicole and Matt live in Baltimore and really wanted to capture where they live and spend most of their time at this moment in their lives. We chose sunrise to avoid all the crowds and get the prettiest light even though it was so cold. Nicole said that Fells Point “is right near our home, and where we’ve shared a lot of memories together.” Their wedding was in a totally different location so they really wanted to capture this Baltimore-based portion of their story.
Without this engagement session, I never would have learned so much about the couple–how their environment and their combined love for their pup told so much of their story. Nicole shared tidbits from their romance: “Our relationship really blossomed around our shared love for live music, and adventure (specifically mountains). We have been together for 4.5 years. We want to remember our sense of adventure no matter what obligations get in the way, and also our commitment to one another.”
It was warmth and authenticity that drew them to my photos in the first place and what so easily poured out of them (despite the cold!) through their engagement photos in winter. Connecting the dots in a couple’s story from their engagement to the wedding day is one of my favorite parts of being a DC Metro wedding photographer!
Ready for the cold? Tell me your winter engagement session vision and let’s get planning!