Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rain on your wedding day?

I've been thinking about rain this week, as two of my photo shoots had to be rescheduled due to the soggy weather. Personally, I like rainy days, and fortunately, engagement and portrait shoots can usually be postponed. But, you can't postpone your wedding.

So, what should you do if it does rain on your wedding day? How can you still get nice photos?

Amazingly, none of the weddings I've shot this year have been totally rained out--but odds are, one wedding this year will be. However, that doesn't mean your photos have to be a total wash out--no lame pun intended (actually, it was). The key is to plan ahead and to prepare yourself. Rain photos can be really fun.

First, take a look at the forecast (I know this is obvious). If it looks like even a hint of rain a week out from your wedding, purchase some large umbrellas for you and your wedding party. I recommend going with solid colors--white or black. Also, if you're worried about getting your shoes wet, I would recommend buying some cheap flip flops--white, black, something simple.

As long as we don't encounter a torrential downpour, we can get some neat photos outside in the rain. This, of course, depends on how much you want to risk getting a little wet. If you absolutely don't want to risk any rain--then we won't do any outside photos. We'll find some nice spots inside your ceremony and reception locations. But, if you have an adventurous spirit, then I say bring on the rain!

These are from a bridal portrait shoot I did last summer. They were done post wedding, so the bride wasn't too worried about her dress getting wet when it started to rain.

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