I absolutely loved working with Tirza and Kris on their winter engagement session! Winter can be a tricky time for an outdoor shoot, but winter sessions also provide fun opportunities to change things up. Winter is the perfect time to get those cozy, cuddly shots with puffy jackets framing your face. Use the cold to your advantage with some romantic and snuggly winter engagement photos.
For Tirza and Kris’s winter engagement session, we met up at Point State Park in Pittsburgh. It was the perfect location for getting several different backgrounds. Point State Park is considered the Golden Triangle where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers converge, so it’s a pretty unique spot.
Kris was nervous about walking up to the point because he thought his outfit made him look like a kindergartner. I have no idea why – he looked perfectly dressed to me! We all got a chuckle out of his nervousness. And ironically, I’m using their session as a great example of what to wear because they looked fantastic together! They considered bringing their sweet pup, Maui, but after looking at the weather, they figured he’d like snuggling on the couch more. I don’t blame you, Maui!
Once we reached our desired location, I took several photos of Tirza and Kris walking along the water and sitting on the steps as the river rolled by. Instead of asking couples to pose in one set location, I’ve found that the best photos happen organically while the subjects are moving (which also helped us keep warm). So, they walked, sat, explored, and laughed their way through our session together. I love how it came out! The three of us were nervous about surviving a photoshoot in single-digit temperatures, but we ended up having so much fun!
This seems obvious, but I’ve seen some try to wear beautiful but thin dresses for their winter engagement photoshoots. The dress looks adorable, but it isn’t practical to wear when it’s freezing outside. Just embrace the season, and choose an outfit to match (your photos will come out better if you’re comfortable).
You don’t want to match your partner exactly, as that can look a bit outdated (and you don’t want to look like siblings). Instead, choose colors that go together. For example, you could wear a black sweater, and your partner could wear a black and white plaid shirt. Or, if you like color, choose colors that coordinate well without overly matching. Kris and Tirza nailed their style!
Own a cute winter coat with a furry hood? This is the perfect time to wear it! Feel free to bring layers and add in your favorite winter accessories. Play up the winter theme and bundle together with your fiancé. The pictures will have more personality!
Since outdoor backdrops can be pretty bland in the winter without the foliage, draw the eye with pops of color! You could wear a red dress or add in small bits of color with boots, scarves, or other accessories. I love Tirza’s cheetah print boots! Just be sure you and your partner are balanced. If one person is wearing a brighter color, the other should be in a more neutral, toned-down outfit. However, if one person is wearing a red scarf, the other person could incorporate that color as well.
Sometimes, a bit of walking is involved in getting to the perfect engagement shoot location. It’s important to wear shoes that will keep your toes warm and won’t hurt your feet. This doesn’t have to limit you, though. There are tons of cute winter boot and wedge options that will look perfect in your winter engagement session!
Just remember that your winter engagement photoshoot is all about you and your fiancé! Don’t be afraid to test out multiple outfits and poses. Go with the flow, have fun, and I’ll be there to the sweet stage in your love story.
Be sure to check out my recent engagement sessions here, and follow me on Instagram @rachelwehanphotographyllc for more inspiration.
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