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Guest Blog: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

October 16th, 2013 by Jeannine

 
Guest Blog: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It’s that time of year again, where the light seems less visible and the rain seems like an endless running faucet. That certainly is not the most desirable weather for the bride to be, but it certainly is more of a reality than if you were getting married during the summer months and let’s face it, we live in Vancouver, it could rain anytime of the year!

As a photographer, having photographed weddings in all seasons, I can certainly help you plan for a better outcome! My biggest advice, speaking from a photographer’s point of view of course, is don’t stress about it, plan for it!

All my bride and grooms have a timeline for the day, including a back up timeline that incorporates a plan B for rain and in the later months of the year, sometimes a plan C that includes only indoor locations. Planning just eliminates any stress for the big day.

Pre-scouting

Prior to the day, I pre-scout the areas that we will be shooting at and look specifically for those covered areas where we could photograph outside and take advantage of the natural light.  Every place usually has an area that works, a covered space, a roof or a deck that is covered.  Most entrance ways of restaurants, hotels or homes always have somewhere that is sheltered and places we can use for family formals and the formal portraits. It is our job as photographers to worry about the where and how we are going to execute it depending on the weather. You want someone who is organized and ready to handle your day, rain or shine! I also check with each hotel area to see about restrictions and where we are allowed to photograph prior to the day.  You do not want to just show up and figure it out on the day, this creates way too much unnecessary stress and eats up the time you should be doing photos instead.

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Light

Take advantage of the natural light and consider doing a “first look”. This is where the bride and groom meet each other prior to the ceremony and get all the photos done before the ceremony. It’s a private moment set up for just the two of you, it’s really beautiful and meaningful. Being that is gets dark out very early during the fall and winter months, you want to ensure you can utilize the natural light, especially if you are having a later ceremony time. This way, you will not have to worry about how fast your loosing the light after the ceremony, the photos will already be done and you get enjoy cocktail hour with everyone else!

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Think outside the box

Once I got permission to photograph a bride and groom in a cute little rustic coffee shop because I knew it was going to rain, this was our plan B, which certainly came in handy for us.  We did not have to think about it on the wedding day, it was already planned and we decided before hand to use plan B (Thankfully there was also a break in the weather on this wedding so we took advantage of the café and the surrounding areas). As a photographer, I am always looking for different areas that may come in handy for backup plans! Think parking garages, stores, coffee shops, flower shops and places that may be meaningful to you as a couple. It’s just a quick phone call to see if you can use the location, but let us photographer’s handle the call, sometimes we can collaborate with different locations and swap services.

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Dress for the weather

Rain means cold. Get a beautiful shawl or winter coat and bundle up. You’ll have more fun if you’re warm, plus it just adds flair to the photos!

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Use umbrellas

They can be so romantic in photos and of course help keep you dry. I would suggest a basic black, white or clear umbrella for the majority of the photos because you will avoid a color cast on your skin and creates a more timeless look, however you could always jazz up a few images by having colored ones depending on the overall theme and colors of your day.

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Gumboots or Props

It’s raining, get some gumboots and have some fun. Not for the entire portrait section but just adding a couple photographs can be fun. In twenty years from now, you’ll back and remember how much fun you had in the rain, not how much you worried about the weather.

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Relax and have fun!

Your dress may get a tad dirtier than expected, but if you’re stressed about it, it could show in the photos. You don’t want to remember your day looking back on your photos that you were worried about getting the dress dirty. Embrace it, have fun and remember your marrying the love of your life, rain or not.

Melissa Montgomery Photography

Xoxo
Melissa

Melissa Montgomery is a local wedding and portrait photographer featured in Vancity Bride. Visit her website, be a fan on Facebook or follow her on Twitter to find out more about her products and services.

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