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Showcase Fallen Snow
Photo by KT Merry
KT Merry, owner of KT Merry, traveled to Chicago with her couple in January hoping for snow. вЂњWhen we arrived, the ground was covered in dirty slush and was hardly beautiful,вЂќ Merry says. вЂњBut in the afternoon, our wish was granted, and it began to snow.вЂќ With a wintry mix, temperatures can drop quickly but don't let that deter you from embracing the elements for your photos.02 of 08
Strategize Staying Warm
Photo by The Hons
Shooting in the winter in New York City is undeniably romantic. Jon and Brittani Hon, founders of The Hons, suggest planning out your engagement session to strategize staying warm. вЂњWe enjoy starting these sessions inside, either at a cafГ©, bar, or inside of the couple's apartment,вЂќ they say. вЂњWe move to a second location after getting all bundled up to get those iconic outdoor shots looking warm and cozyвЂ¦ and we are sure to always keep moving!"
Dress the Part
Photo by Ashley Sawtelle Photography
вЂњNothing reflects the light better than a pristine blanket of snow,вЂќ says Ashley Sawtelle, owner of Ashley Sawtelle, who emphasizes the importance of a warm winter wardrobe. вЂњDon't forget to dress the part, snuggle in and move around to stay warm,вЂќ Sawtelle advises.04 of 08
Utilize Your Location
Photo by Kat Braman
вЂњWhen the weather turns cold, cozy up in your favorite sweater or jacket and take photos close to home,вЂќ suggests Kat Braman, owner of Kat Braman. вЂњFrom snuggling up on the couch with your sweetheart to strolling under holiday lights, winter is the perfect time to document your love where you spend the most time together,вЂќ she explains. For this couple, some of New York City's favored spots served as the perfect backdrop for their photos.
Embrace Holiday Decor
Photo by Sara Wight Photography
One of the most valuable aspects to shooting winter engagement photos is being able to indulge in your city's holiday decor. вЂњWhy not utilize the festive pieces around your environment and incorporate them into your session's backdrop,вЂќ says Sara Wight, owner of Sara Wight Photography. For this wintery couple, a giant decorative wreath was the perfect focal point to their engagement photos.06 of 08
Pile on the Layers
Photo by BrittRene Photography
вЂњA lot of my couples are worried what to do with their hands,вЂќ says Britt, owner of BrittRene Photography, who says wearing layers not only provides warmth, but an unconventional prop. вЂњPlay with a hat, scarf, or big cozy jacket when taking your photos,вЂќ she suggests. Not only will incorporating these into your photos create a playful prop, but will give you some extra hand placement options.07 of 08
Take Advantage of Crowd-Free Locations
Photo by Melani Lust Photography
Melani Lust, owner of Melani Lust Photography, considers one of the most significant benefits to winter engagement photos is the lack of crowds. вЂњSome of the best spots are empty, so this gives us a lot of wonderful options for scenery,вЂќ Lust says. вЂњWe can direct our couples with more movement because the odds are there won't be people in the background to avoid.вЂќ08 of 08
Add a Pop of Color
Photo by Roey Yohai Studios
For this couple, a bright red umbrella served as an unexpected pop of color, perfect for shielding fallen snow as well as complementing the all-white backdrop. вЂњSometimes, props or unplanned moments can result in the most stunning final photos,вЂќ says Roey Yohai, owner of Roey Yohai Studios. Develop a color scheme for your attire prior to your session to create a gorgeously coordinated look.