Ellicottville New York Winter Engagement Session

Are you one of the few winter lovers like me? People think I’m crazy when I tell them that winter is my favorite season - but truly, it is!! Freshly falling snow is so calming and just takes my breath away.

So every year I convince a few other crazies to let me take their photos in a winter wonderland :) Sadly, there’s been no guarantee of fresh, pretty snow in Buffalo so I’ve been heading to Ellicottville - where we can always find that fluffy white stuff on top of one of the hills.

The Spruce Lake / McCarthy Hill area of Holiday Valley is one of my favorite spots all year round. There’s minimal people around, great views down the mountain and of course the lake. If you’re looking for pretty photos with a natural backdrop, my first suggestion would be to go there.

The town of Ellicottville itself is my other favorite photo location! Wander the streets, check out the cute little store fronts or even grab a cocktail at one of the local establishments. Dina’s, a restaurant on Main St, has always welcomed me with open arms when I ask to take some photos of my couples enjoying a cocktail there (and they’re a great spot to grab some delicious food once you’re done shooting!).

For many Buffalonians, Ellicottville holds a special place in our hearts as we vacation there often. It’s only a 45 minute drive from Buffalo, but feels like you’re in another world (or perhaps in an adorable Hallmark Christmas movie).

Keep scrolling to see why Ellicottville tops my “15 places in Buffalo & WNY to take your engagement photos” list!

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