A snowy session in the PNW
“Let’s go play in the snow!” Say less! One thing that I am always down for, is an adventure. So if you want to bundle up and get out in the cold to get pictures with your love, then I am there! After all, what’s the point in living somewhere with all four seasons if you aren’t going to enjoy them! This snowy engagement session was everything I could have dreamed of, and more.
If you live in Spokane, one thing to keep in mind is that the weather is unpredictable. Without fail, we will get snow at random times. You think it’s spring? Surprise! Snow storm. And when you think it’s going to snow for sure…think again! That’s what makes it a true adventure. And if you’re willing to roll with whatever punches mother nature has in store, you’re going to get some awesome photos!
How do you use the weather to your advantage?
This answer is twofold. First, relax. The more willing you are to be flexible when the weather doesn’t do what you hoped, the more likely you are to wind up with photos you love. Next, put your trust in your photographer! I’ve rescheduled sessions if the weather was so terrible that I was convinced we wouldn’t have a good time. For example, every year when the fires in the area rage out of control, I am forced to cancel sessions. Nobody wants to be out there breathing in smoke and pretending to have a good time. Trust me. In the same way, I’m always going to advocate for the best option for *you* as a couple. So if I say that we can make it work, trust me. You chose me to capture these memories, I promise I’ll make them worth it.
Now back to that part where I said you need to be flexible. A change in the weather doesn’t mean we need to fully rethink your engagement session. It just means that some of the details are going to be a little bit different. Maybe now you wear your favorite jacket to the shoot! Maybe you wear your hair down instead of in a ponytail so that your ears stay warm. And maybe it just means extra snuggles together so you don’t feel the cold quite as much. Honestly, isn’t that even better?
As someone who likes to prepare for all situations, one thing I suggest is having a couple of backup options for outfits just in case the weather decides to be wild. This helps you be more flexible too because you have less things to pivot in your mind. Now you don’t have to start all over, you just pick the next outfit, and carry on!
Why Snowy Engagement Sessions Are So Fun
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you’ve probably seen the infamous wedding that ended up being a snowy winter wonderland unexpectedly. It was definitely out of nowhere. Nobody was prepared. But you know what? We had SO MUCH FUN! There’s something about being out in the cold, all dressed up, that you can’t help but smile. And that’s honestly the reality with any surprise weather! When things don’t go as planned, I think something goes off in our brains. Our first reaction is to panic (Maybe that’s just my anxiety talking, but I feel like this is a pretty common first reaction!). But then you show up, with the love of your life, and I get to work. I crack some incredible joke, you both laugh, and you start to let yourself enjoy the experience. Because let’s be honest for a second. There are a LOT of things that don’t go as planned in our lives. But your love story, with all of its twists and turns, has brought you to your person. And what kind of story would it be without some fun surprises along the way? Trust in the adventure. Lean into it. A snowy engagement session makes everything feel crisp and bright. They force you to cuddle up a little more than usual. It’s a great opportunity to get playful and silly. Truly, it helps me understand why Laska loves the snow so much!
To every single couple who has trusted me to capture their love story — thank you. Creating art for you is such a highlight in my life. I have created so many incredible connections with people over the years, and each and every time I am in awe of how I get to do this as my job! You’ve all created my dream career. You bring me so much joy and purpose, and I can’t thank you enough. So if you’ve made it this far, enjoy these next few photos. And let me know when you’re ready for your next adventure.