How to get the perfect winter wedding photos

Winter can be a magical season, made all the more special by the addition of a wedding.

And having picked your date, venue and hopefully finalised most of the finer details – there is one element that you must give extra thought to.
The photographs.

Because, unlike during the traditional wedding season of April to September, the shorter days and dark nights can prove challenging for you and your photographer.

So, we’ve asked professional wedding photographer John Murphy from AuroraPA for some advice on how to capture your special day in the best way.

1. Daylight
As obvious as it sounds, don’t forget that the days are shorter in winter. And good lighting is one of the most important elements in creating great photography.

When you have your ceremony is up to you, but with the sun often setting at 3 pm in the midst of winter it might be worth discussing with your photographer and venue when and how to maximise the amount of time for photos. This could mean moving your ceremony to an earlier time but will give your photographer the best light possible to work with and you the best imagery possible.

2. Experience is key
Shooting photography in winter is incredibly challenging and you are relying on the skills of your photographer. Make sure when choosing a photographer that you ask to see their portfolio of winter wedding photos so that you know how much experience they have. You need to know that your photographer has the experience and versatility to be able to adapt to working indoors, outdoors, in well-lit areas or if there isn’t enough light.

It’s also important to find a photographer with whom you have good chemistry. Don’t be afraid to interview multiple candidates ahead of time, and select the one you personally feel most comfortable with.

3. The Venue
It might have looked perfect on a summer day with the flowers in bloom, but there isn’t much point looking at any potential venue through the eyes of summer.

Ideally, the venue you choose should be one you’ve seen around the same time of year as you plan to get married. Visiting during winter is just one step, make sure to look around the whole venue and scope out indoor spaces that could work in case of adverse weather conditions. And include your photographer in your recce if at all possible or check if her or she has worked at the venue before and can advise on the best options for your day.

4. Be prepared
Goosebumps and blue skin isn’t a good look, especially not one you want to be captured forever. And getting the perfect shot will take time, potentially in the cold and wet.

So brides and any members of the bridal party and guests who will be included in your photography should bring something warm to keep the chill off. A winter wedding also gives the bride an extra chance for an outfit change with a bolero, shrug or shawl and a fun pair of wellies!

5. Be clear
The day and the images you have to keep afterwards will be much better if you are clear about what you want. Think ahead and make a list of shots you know you want. A clear list of photos that you want will help your photographer focus on the important images. Your photographer will also appreciate you letting them know what shots you don’t want and once they’ve captured the important images you can leave them free to be creative and capture your day in the best way.

6. Get creative
Ask your photographer to stay around until twilight. That’s when the magic could happen and you could be rewarded with some atmospheric shots. The images will be nothing like your traditional, well-lit images, but may just create some artistry and mood that will create an iconic image to remember.

And finally, just have fun and enjoy your big day. This is about celebrating the two of you and you should trust your photographer to capture the fun and magic of the day if you are relaxed and enjoying yourself. Check out our latest work at