Living and working in Southern California comes with a few perks. Ok – I’m lying – it comes a ton of perks. The main perk obviously being the weather. We are very spoiled when it comes to our beautiful year-round climate and days of endless sunshine.
But every once in a while, we experience cloudy skies and (gasp) rain. When the rain comes on your client’s wedding day – it can be a huge stressor for everyone involved. Brides, grooms, and vendors are left scrambling and…
“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Wedding planners and couples fret over big questions like when to move their ceremony indoors or tent their outdoor venue. Us photographers are left pondering other types of questions when rain crashes a wedding day. I’ve been in this situation several times, so I’ve learned a few things that I want to share. Before I dig into the tips, I want you to repeat this mantra out loud: “It’s 100% possible to capture gorgeous images of my couple’s wedding despite crappy weather.”
Whenever rain is forecasted, I make sure to bring a raincoat and rain boots with me. There is no way I can perform my duties with excellence if I’m freezing cold and soaking wet (speaking from experience).
Umbrellas for Everyone
If you don’t already own a few clear umbrellas, I’d recommend purchasing some and leaving them in your car trunk. I love this style because it will allow maximum light on to your couple (it can get very dark under a traditional black umbrella). And, pro-tip, this purchase is a business expense!
Flex Your Creativity
As if photographing a wedding day isn’t challenging enough when you’re dealt perfect SoCal weather – rain really challenges you to get creative! While I never want bad weather on a couple’s big day – I don’t mind flexing my left-sided brain strength during these moments. I look high and low for indoor options with natural light and interesting architectural details like roof overhangs.
Anticipate A Wardrobe Change
The goal on a rainy wedding day is for everyone to stay dry, happy and have fun – which includes me! If the forecast looks wet, I pack extra clothes for myself and do a quick change when there is a break in the action. Bringing a change of clothes and shoes will save you from having to photograph the next 5 hours with wet clothes – trust me on this one.
While a rainy wedding day isn’t what most couples (or photographers) dream of, it’s not the end of the world. With some thoughtful planning and creative ingenuity – the day can turn out even more beautiful than you imagined. Besides, wedding photographs are all about telling a couple’s story…rain and all.