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Winter Engagement Photography are a great idea if you really want to remember Chicago's crisp air, postcard-perfect, crystal-clear skies and frigid temperatures.¬† As you can imagine, this requires lots of patience and being able to put up with the cold weather, but the final product is worth the while by offering photographs of exquisite quality and great diversity.
In Chicagoland, for example, Lake Michigan, with its frozen water and snow-covered shore is an all-time ideal location, especially during winter time when cold weather keeps the usual crowd away.¬† We all know what that means, right?¬† The two of you in the best spots and with the great skyline or the lake in the background with nobody around to interfere.¬†
Alternative natural locations are Chicago's various recreational parks and forest reserves that would make you remember the white wonderland forever.¬† For the most adventurous or winter-sports lover, hitting the slopes is definitely the way to go, with matching snowboards and winter gear.¬† Ideally, in theat situation, you might as well consider having a destination engagement party and spend a nice weekend in a ski resort.
Either way, here are a few things you need to know when arranging for snow engagement photos.¬† Since it typically gets darker soon, it is advisable taking the best shots when there is plenty of daylight.¬† That is really important!¬† While you cannot make it snow on command, at least you can get to enjoy the late morning-early afternoon window that gives you best natural¬† light during the winter months.
If you travel to your destination, always leave extra time for unexpected delays, reduced visibility combined with wet or snow-covered roads may create slower travel times than initially anticipated.¬† Allowing for extra travel time will make your day less stressful because you will be less rushed and will feel secure in knowing everyone will arrive safely.¬† If you're lucky and the weather is perfect, arriving sooner is preferable since you will have additional time for more photos. ¬†
Always dress for the worst weather case scenario.¬† Especially, treat your feet to winter boots and bring an extra pair of socks just in case.¬† The bride's dress, combined with the snow on the ground, will cover her boots in photos.¬† Shawls or wraps can be created to match your existing bridal gowns and will help keep necks, backs, arms and hands warm.¬† Matching mittens, hats and scarves are a careative way to bundle up in winter and look fashionable in your photos.¬† Similarly, if you are trying a skiing theme, make sure you have matching gear.¬†
Another impartant thing to remember is to look for locations that feature dramatic holiday light displays to create a colorful ambiance in your photos.¬† Some public parks and zoos cater to the holiday crowds by providing enchanting illuminations.¬† Train stations ofter decorate for the holidays and allow for fun photos featuring holiday shoppers passing in a blur of motion with bags in hand.
Last, but not least, look for great locations, such as famous buildings, historic mansions or cozy cottages that can provide a great backdrop for your winter engagement pictures.¬† If your're looking to capture portraits outdoors consider a location that would allow you to also move inside quickly if the weather becames unbearable.¬† Consevatories with outdoor gardens ofter provide indoor locations within a short walk, and therefore are the perfect location provided you also plan the engagement party inside.