December 1, 2021

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Jomkanya Toruen

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Tampa and Clearwater Anniversary Photographer | Jommy Photography

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5 Things to Do if it Rains the Day of Your Session

Oh, weather — she’s a photographer’s best friend AND worst enemy all at the same time. It’s a real love/hate relationship, and one that can make or break a photo shoot. So, what should you do as a photographer if you encounter rain on your photo shoot day? Here are 5 tips on how to handle Mother Nature when she is acting up for you.

  1. RESCHEDULE
    As a photographer, I know I obsess over checking the weather as I am leading up to a photo shoot. I like to know what to expect so I can try and reschedule if that is an option. The great thing about a portrait session versus a wedding is that you can generally be flexible in rescheduling. However, rescheduling is not always possible, so at the very least, be vigilant about checking the weather so you can follow my next 4 steps to be totally prepared for the rain.
  2. BRING UMBRELLAS
    Not just any umbrellas though, I highly recommend clear umbrellas because they are so beautiful in pictures and really elevate your shoot when used as a prop. I have never had a shoot go wrong when we used umbrellas, and oftentimes, they have turned out to be some of my favorite shoots. Plus, if there are kids in the shoot, they have an absolute blast with the umbrellas, which makes for the most adorable shots.
  3. RELOCATE
    If you know rain is coming and rescheduling isn’t an option, at least relocate your shoot to a location that provides shelter. Find a spot that has a pretty gazebo, a beautiful building, or maybe even an indoor nursery so you can still appear to be outside. I have even found some really cool parking garages that give a more industrial, modern feel to the photoshoot that has turned out beautiful.
  4. GO INDOORS
    I know the go-to for shoots is usually a beautiful outdoor location, but let’s not forget that a lifestyle session in a client’s home can be so gorgeous and intimate. I love photographing in a family’s home because I feel like I am capturing them in their genuine life where they make real memories. I know clients also love photographing in their homes because it is just another keepsake memory for them for years later when perhaps they have moved.
  5. GO FOR IT
    Just embrace the rain and go for it! A little rain never hurt anybody and who doesn’t have fun playing in the rain? I guarantee a photoshoot where a family is dancing in the rain, splashing each other, and playing together in the rain will be their best photoshoot ever. Capture memories that a family will never forget. I am confident these will be some of your best and most unique photos yet.

Don’t let a little rain stop you from having an amazing photoshoot. Follow these 5 tips and I promise you will have an amazing photoshoot, and dare I say, one of your best photoshoots ever! Take that, Mother Nature!

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