December engagements are truly magical. We can see why they call it “the most wonderful time of the year”. There are so many engagement shoot options available to the December couple, but here are just a few of our favourite elements.
You have so many festive locations available to you because everywhere looks beautiful at this time of year. If your couple lives in the centre of a city you could search out some festive events that you think would make a good photo location; some examples might include Christmas markets, ice skating, or simply walking amongst the brightly lit streets. Alternatively, if the lovebirds live in a more rural location you might be able to visit a Christmas tree farm for a bit of festive fun, or perhaps just a romantic stroll through a wintery woodland would do the trick.
This is really the only month when you have the opportunity to use as many festive colours and props as you want. If you are a Christmas nerd then you could go the whole hog with Christmas jumpers, lights and crockery galore. If you prefer a more glamorous Christmas theme then perhaps a knockout outfit in a festive colour is the way to go. Or equally, if you don’t want too much of the Christmas theme going on but still want a bit of the seasonal magic, perhaps just a festive makeup product is for you.
Without a doubt, December is a month that cannot be beaten in terms of emotion. It is a time filled with love, laughter and goodwill – call it festive spirit, Christmas magic or just being stuck inside with your loved ones whether you like it or not. So what better time is there for an engagement shoot?
It’s December! Which means that we are allowed to be officially excited for Christmas. There are so many things that we love about this month but here are just a few of our favourites.
A large portion of the country will be experiencing snow this month and regardless of whether you find it heavenly or a hindrance, you have to admit that it is an essential part of December. Personally, we love it. The ground looks perfect, the windows are frosty, the trees are sparkling and everything has an air of magic about it.
Christmas shopping! We all have a love/hate relationship with it. Yes, it’s stressful and busy and a bit elbow bashing at times, but we can’t help but love the excitement that comes along with it. Seeing everyone rushing to and fro with armfuls of bags and boxes just puts a smile on our face.
And finally, Christmas decorations have got to be the biggest December love of ours. It’s the only time of year where it’s appropriate to put a tree in your living room and put hundreds of lights everywhere. We love the wreaths, the trees, the candles, the lights, the holly and the mistletoe. For us, that is when December comes alive and casts its magic.
What is your favourite part of December?
November family portraits are so wonderful and are the start of the Christmas magic for us. They are the perfect end to this month and lead up to December.
The colours at this time of year are beautiful. The use of whites, greys, blacks and cool blues completely epitomise winter and perfectly complement the chilly winter light. This is also the perfect backdrop for some truly cosy family pictures, with everyone bundled up in scarves, coats and woolly hats. Or perhaps if your family is a little more glam-based, the perfect setting for some seasonal glitter?
November also often brings the first snowfalls to certain parts of the country. Snow is such a magical element to a landscape and provides the perfect opportunity to get some great shots for the family Christmas card.
What do you love about November family portraits?
Despite often being overlooked due to the beautiful light offered by September and October, November weddings have so much to offer.
We love the fading light that November brings. It gives couples the opportunity to embrace indoor venues – from the elegance and glamour of historic houses to the rustic charm of barns. This is the perfect setting for a stunning candlelit ceremony. How very Romeo and Juliet!
November also brings a beautiful palette of greys and blues that looks so elegant and can be used in so many aspects of the day – from the flowers to the decorations, you could even include a cosy blanket for some really wintery portraits!
We also can’t get enough of the beautiful long sleeved wedding dresses that start to appear more and more this month. They are so elegant, timeless and perfectly capture the more wintery feel of the month.
What is your favourite aspect of November weddings?
We are delighted to celebrate the success of one of our members; Ashley Franklin who won Landscape Photographer of the Year and a Gold Award from the SWPP. Not only is this a massive success, but has also inspired a new workshop opportunity. Here are some words from Ashley himself: