A Guide to Winter Engagement Sessions in Michigan

Greetings, lovebirds! As a Michigan-based wedding photographer with a passion for freezing moments in time (pun intended!), I’m thrilled to share my insights on planning the perfect winter engagement session. Michigan winters may be chilly, but they provide a magical backdrop for capturing the warmth and coziness of your love story. So, grab your mittens and let’s dive into the essentials for a dreamy winter engagement shoot!

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Clothing Advice

Layers, Layers, Layers

Michigan winters can be unpredictable, so dressing in layers is key. Think stylish outerwear like faux fur stoles, cozy scarves, and fashionable overcoats. Layers not only keep you warm but also add visual interest to your photos.

Bold Colors and Textures

Choose rich, vibrant colors that pop against the winter landscape. Deep reds, forest greens, and royal blues can make you stand out against the snowy backdrop. Don’t be afraid to incorporate textures like wool, cashmere, or velvet for added visual appeal.

Accessorize with Style

Hats, gloves, and boots aren’t just practical; they can also be stylish accessories. Consider matching your accessories to your chosen color palette for a polished and coordinated look.

Location Advice

Winter Wonderland Settings

Michigan offers an array of picturesque winter locations. Consider iconic spots like Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Holland State Park with its stunning lighthouse, or the snowy landscapes of Sleeping Bear Dunes. These locations provide a magical setting for your winter engagement photos.

Urban Chic

If you prefer an urban vibe, downtown areas with festive lights and decorations create a romantic atmosphere. Think about strolling hand in hand through charming streets adorned with twinkling lights.

Cozy Indoor Locations

Don’t rule out indoor options! Cozy coffee shops, historic libraries, or even your favorite local brewery can serve as intimate and unique backdrops, protecting you from the chilly temperatures while still capturing the essence of your relationship.

Staying Warm

Take Breaks

Embrace the cold, but don’t overdo it. Take breaks between shots to warm up. Snuggle up, share a laugh, and let the intimacy of the moment shine through.

Hot Drinks and Hand Warmers

Bring along a thermos of your favorite hot beverage, whether it’s cocoa, tea, or a warm spiced cider. Sipping on something hot not only keeps you warm but adds a cozy element to your photos. Hand warmers tucked into pockets are also a game-changer.

Blankets and Cozy Throws

Consider bringing along a stylish blanket or throw to wrap around yourselves between shots. It’s a practical and visually appealing way to stay warm while adding a touch of romance to your images.

Alternative Options

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In-Home Sessions

If braving the cold isn’t your cup of tea, consider an in-home session. Snuggle on the couch, bake cookies together, or simply enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of your home. This intimate setting allows for candid moments and genuine emotions to shine.

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Winter Sports Adventure

Embrace the season by incorporating winter sports into your session. Whether it’s ice skating, skiing, or building a snowman, these activities add a playful and dynamic element to your photos.

Michigan’s winter may be chilly, but with the right preparation and a dash of creativity, your engagement session can be a magical experience. From layered outfits to cozy breaks with hot drinks, the key is to embrace the season and let your love story shine through. So, bundle up, step outside, and let’s capture the warmth of your love in this winter wonderland! Stay warm, stay in love, and let the magic unfold.

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November 14, 2023

Aliscia Marie Photography

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