Braving the cold for engagements | Idaho Wedding Photographer

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If you’ve spent a winter in Rexburg, Idaho, you probably know what it feels like to hibernate—stay inside as long as you can until spring. However, love doesn’t wait for the weather to get warmer, so engagement sessions often happen in the dead of winter.

Now this isn’t a blog post of me whining about the cold, though I complain about it a lot, but it’s about getting you those epic winter engagements without losing a finger or two to frostbite in the process.

If you are planning to get your engagements taken before the grass starts growing again, here’s a few things to expect while braving the cold.

  1. Layers are your best friend

    Don’t be afraid to wear layers and layers of clothing for your shoot. Whether it be a sweater, cardigan, coat, scarf, shawl, or whatever take advantage of wearing more. Of course, there’s a fine line. You don’t want to end up like the kid from a Christmas story, so layered up you can’t put your arms down.

    Styling for winter shoots can feel tricky, trying to dress in something warm, flattering, and complementary to your partner, so take time to plan your outfits and feel free to reach out to me about ideas!

  2. Take breaks to get warm

    After about 15-20 minutes your noses and hands start turning red from the cold. I can fix it up in photoshop, but then there’s runny noses, shivering and frozen faces. So I figure, let’s just take a break to warm up in the car, and we’ll get back to shooting with no frostbite.

    These break times don’t cut into shooting time though. I plan for time to take breaks for you guys to warm up, so the sessions are generally a bit longer.

  3. Proper footwear and backups

    A lot of couples like the woodsy look and that means walking through snow. Since the easiest way to get cold is through your feet, I suggest wearing wool socks and maybe even wearing two pairs of socks to the shoot.

    You might have a pair of boots that aren’t meant to endure huge piles of snow, so what some couples have done is wear snow boots until we are ready to shoot as a certain spot, and then they will change into the shoes that go with their outfit.

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