How to Plan for Your Winter Engagement Session | Colorado Winter Engagement Session

January 21, 2021
Colorado Winter Engagement Session Tips
A double exposure image of a Colorado engaged couple as they stand together with their noses touching while they pose for their winter engagement photos in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
An image of a Colorado engaged couple as the guy holds his partner in his arms while they pose for their winter engagement photos in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.

Are you recently engaged and planning to do your engagement photos in the winter? While it can be super exciting to plan your winter engagement session, there are a few things to keep in mind before you jump in front of the camera for your photos. In this post I’ll be sharing a few winter engagement tips I’ve learned over the years of photographing couples in the cold.

  1. BRING THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR. When planning your winter engagement photo session, make sure you have the appropriate footwear because you don’t want to be slipping & sliding on the snow and ice! While I know you might want to wear cute shoes (like something with a heel or nice loafers / flats), most of those shoes don’t have the traction you need when out in winter weather. A winter engagement session often comes with snow and / or ice, which means that by not wearing snow boots or adding shoe spikes to your outfit, you may be falling quite a bit during your session, unless you’re lucky enough with dry, warm weather during your session. Having snow boots, cute (but sensible!) boots with good traction, or shoe spikes handy will go a long way.
  2. BRING PLENTY OF LAYERS. Sometimes during your engagement session you might get lucky with a warm winter day but that’s not always the case. I suggest wearing multiple layers of socks, leggings or tights under your pants / dress if possible, and having hats, scarves, and gloves available to layer on if it gets colder. Even if you don’t wear them throughout the shoot, having them available is always helpful.
  3. WEAR SOMETHING SMART. Wear something that you’re not going to freeze in. While I know it may be beautiful to be in a silky dress on top of a snowy mountain, if you’re the type to totally freeze in that scenario, please don’t do it. I have had clients shake and shiver in their little dresses and I always feel so terrible about it when they’re so cold! It really isn’t worth it if you’re freezing half the time. Your engagement session is about celebrating the love you share with your life partner and being completely frozen during the shoot will force you to lose sight of that. If you really want photos in light dress or minimal outfit, we can always do that at the end or save it for another warmer session!
  4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. If you’re visiting Colorado for the first time or haven’t had enough time to acclimate to the weather and elevation, you need to be aware of your body’s limits. Colorado’s varying elevations can really mess with one’s ability to simply breathe and it’s important to understand that you can get really sick really quickly if you’re not careful. If you’re planning on visiting Colorado for your winter engagement session and you’re not sure where to have your pictures taken due to your limits, let’s discuss your options and I’d be happy to help you find an ideal place that is safe and doable for you!
  5. BRING HAND WARMERS. These come in handy a lot during my winter sessions! Be sure to bring some hand warmers to your session and keep them in your pocket throughout the shoot. While walking or switching up the posing during the photoshoot, you can put your hands in your pockets to warm up. It’s also super cute when you grab your partner’s hands and warm them up together with the warmth of your breath!
  6. KEEP YOUR PARTNER WARM! hug your partner, put your hands on their warm body, breathe into each other’s snuggle areas (neck, shoulder, ears, cheeks, etc.). This not only keeps you warm but it also makes for adorable photos!
A Denver engaged couple walks in the snow at City Park in Denver, Colorado for their Colorado winter engagement photos. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
A Denver engaged couple cuddles up together in the snow at City Park in Denver, Colorado for their Colorado winter engagement photos. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
A Denver engaged couple dances together in the snow at City Park in Denver, Colorado for their Colorado winter engagement photos. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
A Colorado couple stands in the snow facing each other as they pose for their winter engagement photos while the sun sets behind them. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
A Colorado engaged couple run together and twirl together in the snow in Denver, Colorado for their winter engagement photos. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.
A Colorado engaged couple stands in front of a creek for their winter engagement photos as they snuggle together. Photo by Denver elopement photographer, Colorado elopement photographer, Ashley Joyce Photography.

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