Prepping for Winter Engagement Sessions

November 14, 2017

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Good morning friends!! Today I am so excited to share with you a few tips for Winter Engagement sessions!

I’m writing to you after a pretty dramatic temperature change around here! You see, this time last week I was in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where the temperatures were a warm 85 degrees… only to come home to Maryland and WINTER!  I don’t know about for you, but the sudden shifts in temperatures have me thinking ahead to winter months!

Because of said winter-like temperatures, I figured today would be the perfect time to give my bride’s planning their winter engagement sessions a few tips and tricks!

One: Dress for the Part

The strange thing about living in Maryland is that the temperatures on any given winter day can float between 20 degrees (or 9 during Nick and Claire’s session — those two were SERIOUS champs!!) to about 60!

One of the most important parts of your session is that you guys are comfortable in whatever you’re wearing, but ladies, let’s face it, this mostly applies to you this time!  Gents can be warm in their suits and jackets, but for you, this just probably is not the best time for a short dress!

Instead? Why not try a long dress (that you can wear leggings under for warmth !!) and a cute shaw to cover your shoulders?  If you need some more ideas, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Winter Engagement Session Outfits!

You can also do what Nick and Claire did for their second outfit to embrace the temperatures — they showed off their super fun peacoats and rocked them!

A Cozy and Romantic Downtown Annapolis & Naval Academy Engagement Session by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Lauren R Swann // Winter Engagement Sessions

Two: Plan for an indoor break

I know this might start to sound a little dramatic, but I would never want us to rush through your session because of the cold! Instead, let’s think about a location that can be both indoors and outdoors.

For example, one of my couples shooting their engagement photos this month is planning to shoot in Mt. Vernon.  Their locations: outdoors by the monuments, and then a little break indoors at a local coffee shop!  That’s a win, win so that we can spend our normal time together, get those beautiful, outdoor natural light photos, and still get to cozy up afterwards somewhere special to them!

** A special note here: remember that if you’re photographing near the water, it’s always extra chilly, so be sure to plan ahead for that!

Three: Don’t be afraid to get cozy!

One of the best parts about winter engagement photos? They’re instantly a little cozier!! Don’t worry, to keep you warm, there will be lots of hugging involved… ya know, like you like each other!  Just be ready to pretend you’re like Olaf and love warm hugs ;)

An Eastern Shore Fine Art Anniversary Celebration by Lauren R Swann

Ultimately, winter engagement sessions can be some of the most fun because they’re so cozy and there’s something so beautiful about that winter air!  However, if you hate the cold with a passion, it may be wiser to wait until spring for your session! The goal is for your engagement session to be a wonderful experience for you two, so keep that in mind as you’re planning!!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Good morning friends!! Today I am so excited to share with you a few tips for Winter Engagement sessions!

I’m writing to you after a pretty dramatic temperature change around here! You see, this time last week I was in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where the temperatures were a warm 85 degrees… only to come home to Maryland and WINTER!  I don’t know about for you, but the sudden shifts in temperatures have me thinking ahead to winter months!

Because of said winter-like temperatures, I figured today would be the perfect time to give my bride’s planning their winter engagement sessions a few tips and tricks!

One: Dress for the Part

The strange thing about living in Maryland is that the temperatures on any given winter day can float between 20 degrees (or 9 during Nick and Claire’s session — those two were SERIOUS champs!!) to about 60!

One of the most important parts of your session is that you guys are comfortable in whatever you’re wearing, but ladies, let’s face it, this mostly applies to you this time!  Gents can be warm in their suits and jackets, but for you, this just probably is not the best time for a short dress!

Instead? Why not try a long dress (that you can wear leggings under for warmth !!) and a cute shaw to cover your shoulders?  If you need some more ideas, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Winter Engagement Session Outfits!

You can also do what Nick and Claire did for their second outfit to embrace the temperatures — they showed off their super fun peacoats and rocked them!

A Cozy and Romantic Downtown Annapolis & Naval Academy Engagement Session by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Lauren R Swann // Winter Engagement Sessions

Two: Plan for an indoor break

I know this might start to sound a little dramatic, but I would never want us to rush through your session because of the cold! Instead, let’s think about a location that can be both indoors and outdoors.

For example, one of my couples shooting their engagement photos this month is planning to shoot in Mt. Vernon.  Their locations: outdoors by the monuments, and then a little break indoors at a local coffee shop!  That’s a win, win so that we can spend our normal time together, get those beautiful, outdoor natural light photos, and still get to cozy up afterwards somewhere special to them!

** A special note here: remember that if you’re photographing near the water, it’s always extra chilly, so be sure to plan ahead for that!

Three: Don’t be afraid to get cozy!

One of the best parts about winter engagement photos? They’re instantly a little cozier!! Don’t worry, to keep you warm, there will be lots of hugging involved… ya know, like you like each other!  Just be ready to pretend you’re like Olaf and love warm hugs ;)

An Eastern Shore Fine Art Anniversary Celebration by Lauren R Swann

Ultimately, winter engagement sessions can be some of the most fun because they’re so cozy and there’s something so beautiful about that winter air!  However, if you hate the cold with a passion, it may be wiser to wait until spring for your session! The goal is for your engagement session to be a wonderful experience for you two, so keep that in mind as you’re planning!!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Good morning friends!! Today I am so excited to share with you a few tips for Winter Engagement sessions!

I’m writing to you after a pretty dramatic temperature change around here! You see, this time last week I was in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where the temperatures were a warm 85 degrees… only to come home to Maryland and WINTER!  I don’t know about for you, but the sudden shifts in temperatures have me thinking ahead to winter months!

Because of said winter-like temperatures, I figured today would be the perfect time to give my bride’s planning their winter engagement sessions a few tips and tricks!

One: Dress for the Part

The strange thing about living in Maryland is that the temperatures on any given winter day can float between 20 degrees (or 9 during Nick and Claire’s session — those two were SERIOUS champs!!) to about 60!

One of the most important parts of your session is that you guys are comfortable in whatever you’re wearing, but ladies, let’s face it, this mostly applies to you this time!  Gents can be warm in their suits and jackets, but for you, this just probably is not the best time for a short dress!

Instead? Why not try a long dress (that you can wear leggings under for warmth !!) and a cute shaw to cover your shoulders?  If you need some more ideas, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Winter Engagement Session Outfits!

You can also do what Nick and Claire did for their second outfit to embrace the temperatures — they showed off their super fun peacoats and rocked them!

A Cozy and Romantic Downtown Annapolis & Naval Academy Engagement Session by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Lauren R Swann // Winter Engagement Sessions

Two: Plan for an indoor break

I know this might start to sound a little dramatic, but I would never want us to rush through your session because of the cold! Instead, let’s think about a location that can be both indoors and outdoors.

For example, one of my couples shooting their engagement photos this month is planning to shoot in Mt. Vernon.  Their locations: outdoors by the monuments, and then a little break indoors at a local coffee shop!  That’s a win, win so that we can spend our normal time together, get those beautiful, outdoor natural light photos, and still get to cozy up afterwards somewhere special to them!

** A special note here: remember that if you’re photographing near the water, it’s always extra chilly, so be sure to plan ahead for that!

Three: Don’t be afraid to get cozy!

One of the best parts about winter engagement photos? They’re instantly a little cozier!! Don’t worry, to keep you warm, there will be lots of hugging involved… ya know, like you like each other!  Just be ready to pretend you’re like Olaf and love warm hugs ;)

An Eastern Shore Fine Art Anniversary Celebration by Lauren R Swann

Ultimately, winter engagement sessions can be some of the most fun because they’re so cozy and there’s something so beautiful about that winter air!  However, if you hate the cold with a passion, it may be wiser to wait until spring for your session! The goal is for your engagement session to be a wonderful experience for you two, so keep that in mind as you’re planning!!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Prepping for Winter Engagement Sessions

Good morning friends!! Today I am so excited to share with you a few tips for Winter Engagement sessions! I’m writing to you after a pretty dramatic temperature change around here! You see, this time last week I was in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where the temperatures were a warm 85 degrees… only to come home […]

Good morning friends!! Today I am so excited to share with you a few tips for Winter Engagement sessions! I’m writing to you after a pretty dramatic temperature change around here! You see, this time last week I was in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where the temperatures were a warm 85 degrees… only to come home […]

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