I’ve been very lucky in my 9 years as a wedding photographer to not have had many rainy day weddings, but there have been a few times where it was definitely going to happen and cute umbrellas weren’t going to work the whole time. So, what do you do when something so heartbreaking happens and there’s nothing you can do about it? Well, you have to go with the flow and it’s much easier said than done if you’re the couple, but as a photographer, we have to be prepared for anything. That might explain why you would find trash bags in my camera bag- and it ain’t for cleaning up litter. I also have an umbrella in there as well as in my car, and an extra shirt in case I get soaked in the meantime and don’t want to continue through the reception as such. It’s just as important for our gear to be prepared as it is for us to assure the couple that we are ready for anything.
So- what do we do when it’s going to be or turns into a rainy wedding day and you can’t shoot portraits in the great outdoors? Well, we find alternate locations involving overhangs, porches, decks, living rooms, anywhere that has nice light and is accessible. Part of doing this is planning ahead if the day already calls for rain, or getting to the location early to scout out for places that will work in these cases. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail…..you’ve heard that, right?
Michelle and Wyatt’s wedding day was pouring rain. It was muddy and yucky and just not capable of being photographed outside. Too many logistical hardships for the larger bridal party and it just wasn’t going to be feasible. So, we went to the living room of the property Michelle was getting ready at and we moved the furniture (at the ok of the owners) and used this huge window to photograph them near. It worked wonderfully
when it came time for the whole party, it was a bit trickier but we were able to use the front porch where the reception took place. I stood several feet away with someone off to my right holding an umbrella over me as I shot. I love the lush greenery and the bold and rich red/navy of the bridal party.
We also did couples portraits there because it just worked well! It turned out so nice and I was thrilled with them
This was back in 2013 in the fall of Maryland and it was foggy and overcast and sprinkling the whole day. We grabbed this in the beautiful drive of the venue
Whatever the day brings, don’t be scared. As a photographer or a bride- it’s not ideal of course, but the marriage is what’s important and your photographer should be prepared!
These are just a few examples of ideas for what to use- be creative but most importantly- be prepared and get that shot!
Things I keep in my bag for rainy days:
trash bags- for my camera/equipment to be covered and I rip a whole for the lens through it
extra shirt/shoes if needed- in case I get drenched and need to quickly change
mini umbrella and full size umbrella- for me and the couple
-hand towel to wipe off anything or anyone if needed
-rain boots (i keep these in my trunk just in case)