(Closed) E-Session Dilemma re: Cold Weather/Warm Outfits

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

have blanket and thermos filled with hot cocoa,coffee,soup in car and and make sure u got cups for u,fiance and photog and when you need a break from the cold warm up in the car for a quick stop… 


Post # 4
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had the same dilemma!  Our engagement session was a couple of weeks ago in NY on a Saturday that was supposed be rainy and cloudy. I was fretting over it so much! It was also around mid-30’s.  Yuck!  I checked the weather obsessively the week before.  Two days before I checked the hourly forecast leading up to Saturday and figured out that 11am was probably our best bet to stay dry, then noon onward it wasn’t looking so pretty.

My outfit was a knee-length dress with a cardigan over it and the second was a silk blouse with blue pants.  I was determined not to wear a coat!  Saturday came, and we froze our butts off to take the picture. The first location wasn’t so bad.  It wasn’t raining or anything just super cold!  Around 37!  The second location it started snowing!  Somehow we bit the bullet and survived.  We have our pictures back and they  turned out beautiful!  The snow even added a nice effect to it for some of the pictures!  Also keep in mind 30% chance of rain is spotty, it may be raining in one area while in another it’s clear of precip.

My only suggestion is to try to wear a cardigan or some leggings for your dress, it doesn’t help by much but it’s still something.  Just go with it!  Keep checking the forecast and see if there are any hours of the day when the chance of rain isn’t so high.  It’s definitely possible to make it happen in the cold and still look comfortable and spring-like. See if you can get a friend to come along and carry coats and stuff.  That way you can keep the coat on in between shooting the photos at different location. Good luck!  Let us know what happens.

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I struggled wtih this recently too. We asked the photographer if there was anywhere to do the photos indoors but still get natural light. He suggested a place called the “Old Market Passageway.” It’s hard to describe, but you can see one shot of the place here:

Old Market Passageway

It’s an old building with lots of skylights and windows. The building houses several restaurants, art galleries, etc. Our photos there turned out really great. Is there any chance you have something like that near you? Your photographer would probably know. Our place also had a little garden off the back of it, so we could have stepped out quickly for a few photos there.

Post # 6
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

We had 2 E-shoots because of weather.

This one it was 17 degrees out and I fainted to end the session….

This one it was 40 degrees, I think we look pretty warm!

Just think warm thoughts and limit the time of your session!  Our photog was concerned about her camera during the first session, plus I don’t think they’d shoot in the rain.  I hope rescheduling doesn’t cost you anything?

Post # 7
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Keep the outfits!  Buy some of those mini hand warmers that you shake and keep in your pocket, and bring along your heavy coats.  You can wear the outer layer till the last possible minute, and once that part of the shoot is done, you can put it right back on.

Post # 8
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you can wear a cardigan over your dress & maybe a scarf with your other outfit? Or just take a few breaks to warm up. Also keep your jacket on when you’re between areas. It rained for our engagement session. And I’ve shot in the rain and snow before…I just shoot with a blanket or scarf over me. Seriously, I rock the fleece pink blanket like none other 😉

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