Weather can be discouraging, especially when the fate of your work depends heavily on it. At times, as a wedding photographer Waterford you’ll wish and pray that the day would let you work in peace. But as if mocking you, rain would occasionally happen on an outdoor wedding and everything’s just wet.
At such dark times, what should you do?
Before it rains
The dark clouds are evil. Or at least that’s how we feel when we look up and see a big lump of dark grey clouds covering the sun and ready to bath the earth.
This view is one incredible thing you should capture. It’s a magically darker and more sinister environment all of sudden. Typically, you’ll want to put more emphasis on love and snap romantic pictures of your clients with this. Have them embrace, close to kissing pose or simply standing with pride against the dark cloud as their backdrop.
When it’s raining
How to make rain a friend?
Rain is made of droplets of water that falls from the sky. Droplets! Can you imagine if everything stops for a while and you can see those droplets floating? Only magic can do this.
It’s not impossible to seal the moment in a photograph, though. And that’s your job.
Fast shutter and enough lighting is the secret. During rain, environment and ambiance tend to go darker than usual. So, you’ll need to light the place or your clients up! Of course, make sure that you position them nicely so that no dark shadows will form under your client’s face.
Umbrella is also another obvious prop to use.
If the wedding or your clients have a particular color they want to use, it would be good to have an umbrella with such color ready. Bubble umbrella is the better choice. If there are no particular colors your client want, transparent, maroon, black or white will do great.
Another pose that will best all your works are running in the rain. Simply returning to childhood times when you just love to play and taste the magical water that pours out from the sky with your best friend. This will definitely make fun, enjoyable pictures that your clients will love forever.
It’s important that you tell your client beforehand. Whatever pose and scene you’re about to shoot, have them explained clearly before you jump into the loud and wet scene. Also, it’s advisable to do this when the party and show are all over as your client’s clothes will definitely get wet.
After the rain
When the sun peeks behind the cloud, take your chance. I don’t know how, but pull your client out for a few minutes to take this amazing time. Light is also getting better and as best as you could minimize artificial lighting. Use a light diffuser if you must.
Find puddles of water! No, not to play and splash, but to make use a natural reflector. Make sure the water is calm enough to reflect a clear image of your subject.
Like other wedding photographers Waterford, you should capture ongoing images with your client. Meaning, before, during and after the rain, take one or two images. You can start with a scene of them worrying over the cloud and running to a shelter or the wedding venue when it rains. End it with them peeking from the front door when the rain stops. Such a short, but cute story will definitely be loved by your client.
See, rain is not so bad, right?