Today we’re chatting about 3 tips for wedding photography in the rain, because nothing say spring quite like rainy days! While it can be daunting to see rain in the forecast, these tips are sure to make your clients’ magical day a breeze!
Rain on the forecast can be really scary for your clients and you’re there to make it a breeze. I always know that we will have to make a lot of adjustments, bring our A-game, and have an insanely positive attitude (which should always be the case!).
We want to make sure that we are always thinking about how we can make this impactful for our clients. How we can turn around this scary thing to make it awesome on their one day?
Educate your clients!
It is an expectation game. Couples think that if it rains on their wedding day, they are totally screwed. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Our biggest task is to make them feel like it is no big deal. We do this through our blog posts, through our Cameron and Tia Couples Facebook page, and mostly through our wedding guide.
It is all throughout our guide – we really make it seem like no big deal, rain is kinda fun, it’s whatever, and here are some easy things to do if it does rain.
We ask them to get clear umbrellas. We want them to feel secure in the fact that they have the right umbrellas, so we link Amazon umbrellas and send them a picture of Target ones as well. They are clear dome umbrellas. We love the dome ones because they are super cute for the bride and groom!
We ask them to get one umbrella for each pairing in the bridal party, and one for the bride and groom. One for every person can be really overwhelming, so we have them share an umbrella and it is perfect!
In our guide, we share that if they are feeling nervous at all the week before the wedding, grab the umbrellas just in case! If the don’t use them, or even if they do, they can easily resell them. We also feature images throughout our guide of when it’s very clearly raining and they look so epic, so it’s all about educating them and setting the expectations!
The second of our 3 tips for wedding photography in the rain is to always come prepared!
We do bring umbrellas, also. We have a handful of the clear ones, but we also bring black umbrellas for ourselves, or to give to parents to use. It can be really hard to keep track of your umbrellas, especially on a super rainy day! That’s why we put the responsibility on our client to make sure that we always have enough, day of. We want to make sure all of our bases our covered and it’s always better to have extras!
Also, having those extra umbrellas on a crazy rainy day for others will be super impactful to the guests of the wedding and they are always so grateful when they know they are yours!
Two other things personally, we don’t use any coverings for our cameras when it’s raining. We have found it’s pretty easy to balance the umbrella under our armpits while we’re shooting. It can be really nice when you can move the umbrella over the bride when we’re walking to different locations! Our cameras are weatherproof so a little sprinkles are no big deal.
We also do typically bring boots and a second outfit! Being prepared for anything that may happen in the rain is key!
Do not add stress to the couple.
I have been a bridesmaid in a wedding where the photographer was just piling on the bride, stressing about the rain and putting all of that emotion on her. It added so much more stress to her and her day, when it wasn’t necessary at all!
Honestly, we don’t even talk about it with the couple before the wedding day unless they reach out. Instead, what I do is the morning of the wedding, I greet the bride like normal. I’m so excited to see her and chat with her, I don’t mention the rain at all until I ask, “Okay, we found some really awesome spots with the rain, what are your comfort levels with it? What are you thinking?”
Some couples will be totally fine and want to embrace it. Some will say they don’t want to get wet before the ceremony but after they are down for anything. Everyone will be totally different, so use that time to discuss what they are open to!
It can be so nice to check in with a little squeeze and see, what is their comfort level with this? And to always lead with the positive attitude of, we found some amazing spots!
Once we go out into the rain, we are obviously looking for any sort of covering. Your saving grace will be the awnings of the buildings! It just needs to be the width of a body to be able to put a bridal party there, with full natural light, and nobody is getting wet!
Thanks for tuning in today to chat about our 3 tips for wedding photography in the rain! We are wishing you the best spring season and that you are so prepared, it’s going to be amazing!
Until next time!