(Closed) Experiences with winter engagement shoots?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which option seems best?
    No engagement shoot : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Shoot in Florida so you'll at least have some tropical photos : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Shoot here to test out your photographer, : (11 votes)
    30 %
    Do it here and do it somewhere inside (any suggestions?) : (9 votes)
    24 %
    Do it here and outside and stay warm even if it's bulky and ugly : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Do it here and outside and just suck up the cold and wear what looks best : (8 votes)
    22 %
    Wait until spring :P : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My photographer had mentioned going to liberty resort to take photos, since they are guaranteed to have at least fake snow.  Maybe try that! It’s not too far s from md depending where you are. Otherwise what about an outdoor ice rink? Even if it doesn’t snow the twinkly holiday lights could make really fun pictures. 

    Post # 4
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    1685 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I like the ice rink idea per @pink0815:!  It is seasonal, it will be pretty, and they usually keep it heated to around 50 (i.e. dress cute warm, rather than bulky warm).

    Florida would be a good idea, but you would have to pay for your photographer to come with you.

    Post # 6
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    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think the ice rink idea pps mentioned is cute.  If you don’t care for that idea, why not find an indoor location?  Check out various hotels to see if they’d allow you either for free or for a small fee to take photos in their lobby or check with historical buildings – a lot of them will allow you on a week day to take photos for a small donation and they’ve got great interiors.

    Post # 7
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    1599 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My fiance and I originally had our e-pics scheduled for early October. My photographer said this would be perfect with the leaves changing, etc. So I picked out a bunch of short-sleeved outfits.

    But then our photographer had to change the date (we actually did too so it was fine) but we ended up doing them in early November.

    We live in Pittsburgh, and the weather is pretty unpredictable. That weekend was pretty sunny with clear skies, but it was only 35-40 degrees. I thought it wouldn’t be so bad, but, um, I was wrong. lol

    I was going to just suck it up and wear the short sleeves, but I’m glad I dug out some sweaters as back up. GOOD GOD it was cold!!! We kept our coats on in between shots but there are some pictures where you could just tell we were freezing. It was also really windy, so my hair is kinda messed up in some shots.

    I’m still pretty happy with the end result of our e-pics, but I think they would have been better/easier/more fun if it weren’t so stinking cold outside!

    I think you’ll be more relaxed/less distracted if you wait til spring.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 8
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    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We did winter epics. We did some pictures in just our sweaters. It got cold but we would just run into our truck to warm up for a bit. Then we did some of our pics with our coats, mitts, etc. on to make it more wintery which I thought was really cute.

    Post # 9
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    1144 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think we’re going to do ours in the winter. I find the snow and Christmas lights downtown magical. I was planning on having a more casual outfit – uggs, long parka, jeans, hat, scarf, etc. and a more fancy one with a wool coat, boots with heals, leahter gloves and whatnot.

    Post # 10
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    1685 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Maybe a couple of different settings? 

    I still like the iceskating idea. 

    You could also stop at an art museum and get some really beautiful indoor shots. 

    Then make a stop at the cafe, or any cafe.   Imagine wrapped up in a blanket together, holding warm cups of hot chocolate and a fire roaring next to you.

    Post # 11
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    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We live in Chicago and did ours in February.  The weather was pretty warm for winter here that day– in the upper 30s.  I LOVED having winter photos and getting to accessorize with a cute coat.  We did 3 wardrobe and location changes.

    Post # 13
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    9578 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it would be great to do one in the snow.  But I think that might be hard to plan.  Unless you talk to your photographer and see if they have any ideas for planning that?  You would have to have a backup plan in case it doesn’t snow.  Not too many people take them in the snow and I always think they’re cute!  A great coat goes a long way!!

    I think it would be fun to do a mixture..do some outside and then find a great unique hotel or venue space where maybe you could pay a little bit to take photos in there.  I would pick some really cute sweaters to do and a nice coat as well.  You might be a little cold but you would survive!

    Post # 14
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Depends on how comfortable you are in cold weather.  If you are miserable in the cold it becomes a challenge to not make you look like you’re completely miserable.

    Post # 16
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    5109 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think winter photos look great. But, we had a Destination Wedding in hawaii, and did an engagement shoot here in northern california (v. cold) AND one on the beach in Hawaii. Here are some pics.

     

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