Dale and I have been thinking about doing a holiday card this year, but I'm still not sure that it's worth the time and money right now. We have a lot of big expenses coming up with the move, the holidays and our vacation to Hawaii in the next two months. The whole thing has, however, gotten me thinking about holiday photos. If we were to send out a holiday card, I think that we would end up using one of our wedding photos on the beach, since we got married this year, but a winter white photo would have been even more perfect, if we had one! Living here in California, I would have to go and find the snow, but if you have the chance to do a snowy winter themed engagement shoot, or even capture some of your wedding photos in the chilly weather, then please DO IT! For me! ;)
These kinds of winter photos are pretty much guaranteed to turn out beautifully with such a pretty backdrop. Just top off that white gown with a winter coat and some ear muffs, and you're good to go! Slip on some big boots and mittens, grab a thick blanket for cuddling, maybe some hot chocolate...the more you bundle up, the better, in my opinion!
If you're planning on a snow white wedding, or if you're thinking about doing a holiday or winter themed engagement or anniversary shoot, here are a list of ideas and photo examples for wardrobe, locations, props and poses. Or, if you're already married, these would all work for your annual holiday photo card with the family, too!
- Red and plaid are both popular in winter and holiday photos, as they really pop against the white background and are very often associated with the winter and holiday seasons.
- Bring on the treats! Sipping hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows over the fire, yummy cookies and milk and other sweets.
- Winter activities like sledding, building snowmen, canoeing, cutting down and decorating Christmas trees, ice skating and making snow angels give holiday photos a fun, more exciting element.
- Bundle (and cuddle) up! There's nothing cuter than a couple all bundled up in snow boots, scarves, mittens and knit caps, while cuddling up under a big 'ol blanket!
- It shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm all for incorporating furry friends into photos, and this is an especially great photo opp for animals that are more tolerant of the cold weather like horses, huskies and yes, even little dogs dressed in their own little holiday sweaters!
- Larger lndscape photos are a definite must when playing outside in the snow...overarching trees, mountain tops and falling snow all make for incredible backdrops.
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