I love shooting winter engagement sessions, even though it’s not as popular to schedule your portraits in the cold. It is a little different from the way I shoot during the warmer months. For one, it’s hard to have outfit changes when you’re stuck wearing winter coats. Secondly, I tend to shoot a lot faster, more like I do on a wedding day. For this engagement session with Samantha & Michael, it was all of fourteen degrees and windy so, on days like that, I work as quickly as possible- pink cheeks are fine, but nobody wants to go long enough to get the runny-nosed look. Still, there’s just something wonderful about it. The light is softer and warmer, the rich blue of the hills underneath the bare trees, the brightness of the snow surrounding. Shooting in the winter just has a quality that you don’t see other times of the year. I’m always excited when I get the chance to shoot in the snow.
Samantha & Michael chose to shoot in Oakmont, right near where they will be getting married in just a few short months. Next time we’ll be here, leaves will be on the trees and everything will be green again. It’s going to be beautiful.