Twenty years from now, you may not remember what your wedding cake tasted like, or exactly who was at your wedding in the first place. But when you hire a photographer, you know you'll have visual memories of your special day sitting right at your fingertips for you to look at whenever you need a reminder.
This means that for your winter wedding, you'll need to be careful to pick a photographer who knows how to deal with taking pictures of snow. You'll also need to understand how snow works (or doesn't) with the camera lens so you can choose your shots wisely.
True, not all wedding couples will be dealing with snow on their special day (it's pretty hard to imagine snow in Los Angeles, for example!). However, those who do have a few extra photography decisions to make.
When you want to be captured on your wedding day looking your very best, here are some winter wedding photography tips to keep in mind:
1. Be careful of too much lighting and glare.
This is every photographer's worst nightmare. Even though it tends to be cloudy out during the winter, which helps diffuse some of the sun's rays, you can't be guaranteed of cloud cover.
Bright sun on a winter wedding day reflects very harshly off of snow-covered landscapes and can wash you out. Normally, your photographer will come prepared for any lighting problems and has the necessary equipment to diffuse glare. But why don't you help them out a little?
When you're choosing some of your wedding photography poses, have in mind a variety of places related to your winter wedding theme you can take pictures, not just in the snow. If it happens to be a bright day out, then you can choose your backup locations to give you better lighting.
And realize that when your photographer says the lighting's just not going to work in one spot, it won't result in quality pictures no matter how much you want it to. It's in your best interests to listen to the professional at that point and wind up with great pictures you won't regret.
2. Make sure your pictures aren't all white-on-white.
You picked your winter wedding date for several reasons, one of them probably being the gorgeous snow landscape you're hoping you'll get. If the weather cooperates, you'll be granted that wish, but be careful with how much you rely on those flakes.
If your dress is pure white or even diamond white, it will blend in with the snow on every picture you take in or around snow. While this isn't something you can avoid, figure out ways to help you stay visible through the lens. For example, your eyeshadow might be smoky and your lips red, or you and your significant other could hold a colorful umbrella above your heads.
Just keep your theme and style in mind - your photographer can handle the rest!
3. Think contrast.
One of the best parts about winter is the stark contrast colors have against the plain, drab grey hues.
Take advantage of this opportunity and find ways to incorporate it into your wedding photography. You could, for example, stand with a backdrop of fir trees behind you, or stand on a bridge with iron railings. And as mentioned in the tip above, you can also incorporate contrast into your winter wedding hairstyles or makeup, or even your clothing.
Don't forget the rest of your bridal party, too; if they're wearing light or neutral colors like many modern winter wedding themes have, figure out ways to give them a little "pop" from the scenery.
Remember that with contrast, a little goes a long way to making a great impact in a snowy winter setting!
Outdoor wedding photography can be tricky during the winter, but if done correctly, can give you some of the most exquisite, breathtaking wedding pictures you're not likely to easily forget!
Now that you know how to get some great pictures, which winter wedding photography poses are you most excited to take?