Rainy Wedding Photos
Rainy Wedding Photos
Ah, rainy days. They aren’t for everyone, but they do pose a bit of a question mark when it comes down to wedding photography. A lot of photographers forget to consult a plan B for their images just in case of a sudden and unexpected downpour either during the wedding ceremony or photo shoots that are being taken of the Bride & Groom and of course their immediate family, friends and countless other guests after the vows have been taken. So, that’s why we’re here! We’re here to cover all of the questions that you may find yourself asking as a wedding photographer, as well as the ones you’ve forgotten to think about and maybe even teach you a few new things along the way that’ll help you in your professional as a freelance wedding photographer.
Let us tell you, having a backup plan when it comes to the weather will definitely put your client’s minds at ease, as they’ll know that you’ve thought outside of the box and you’ve got the important stuff covered. Also, you’ve only got the one chance to document their big day, so we’re here to make sure that you capture all of the images that you’ve set out to get, including all of the ones that they’ve requested from you personally. In this post, we’re going to show you how to adapt with the weather and capture stunning wedding images no matter what, so let’s raise a glass and cheers to rainy wedding photos! Just remember this if you have any doubts “The true test of artistry can withstand any storm, consequence, or condition, as long as you have the right tools & know-how to complete your vision.”
Tip #1: A New Itinerary - The first step you should take is to communicate with your client. Being up front and letting them know that you are prepared to photograph in the rain (or in any weather for that matter of fact) will be worth doing to gain their trust. Ultimately, the message that you’ll need to get across to your client(s) is that you’re adaptable and prepared to get those magical wedding photos by doing whatever it takes! That means that they may have to be magical rainy wedding photos and in order for you to do your job, they’re going to have to be okay with that, so it’s your job to show them why the heavens opening up outside is a good thing! You should have suggested locations at the ready as back up plans that will reassure them that trekking through puddles of water will be worth it for the shots you’re going to capture. Advise them to have umbrellas handy and a hair & makeup artist on deck to do any touch-ups if necessary, weather can be super unpredictable, so maybe have someone on board who can touch up the Bride’s hair if need be too, especially if she has quite an intricate up-do going on that would be mission impossible to rectify if you weren’t the one who put her hair up for her! Also, try not to be negative and shoot down their ideas if they do want to shoot in the rain, instead find a happy medium and explain to them what would be required to get the specific shot they are envisioning. After all it is their wedding, but of course you have your equipment to consider and practicality also comes to mind, so this will be a bit of a judgement call, but try and meet them in the middle if they’re trying to keep things positive.
Tip #2: Protect Your Equipment - Now that you’ve seen the weather reports it is time to brace the wind, rain, cold but protect your gear! Luckily Canon, Nikon, Fuji and some Sony lenses are weather sealed but it isn’t worth the risk. Although it’s a bit unconventional, using plastic bags usually does the trick but there are rain sleeves that you can purchase specifically for cameras & lenses if you want the legit merchandise available for your particular brand/ model of camera or piece of equipment.
Tip #3: Use Back-Flash - As far as rainy wedding photos are concerned, using a back-flash is the simplest and most impressionable solution. We have yet to come across a couple that isn’t floored by the illuminated droplets and glow that’s created from the back-flash light. If all else fails, place a flash behind the couple and blast, them with some light to create some unforgettable magic! Trust us, if there is any rain falling at the time or any reflective water surfaces nearby or in shot, the water droplets will light up and create the magic you’re after!
Tip #4: Umbrella Wedding Photos - What better way to protect your clients from the rain and create an instant soft box than to use an umbrella?! You’ll be killing two birds with one stone! During your pre-wedding day talk through with your clients, you may want to advise your them to bring a ‘photogenic’ umbrella (or maybe even a couple) along with them for the day to in order to capture beautiful images. Those bubble style umbrellas look particularly romantic if captured well. You could ask them to bring along a transparent one, or maybe you could bring this yourself as a prop for clients to use just in case of wet and rainy weather. Rainy wedding photos definitely don’t have to be a downer, they can be magical!
Tip #5: Reflections - Last but not least is the idea of using the natural reflections created after a rain shower has fallen. A puddle on the ground will allow you to create an interesting reflective shot. Take a moment to analyse the scene before sending your clients out into the rain (if it’s still falling) and finalise what you want to accomplish before sentencing anyone to be a drowned rat. After you’ve gathered all of the images that you need, some couples may actually be up for a pool party in the rain and actually want you to take some crazy shots of them jumping around and embracing the weather! Of course, make sure you’ve captured everything you needed to before you let everyone go crazy and mess up their hair-dos, but if they’re up for it, then why not? Go crazy!
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