We’d planned this maternity shoot months in advance and ended up not having an alternate weekend due to holidays and family travel. So, when it looked like we’d get rained out, we decided we’d have to get creative!
We ended up having a great time and getting some really beautiful photos, so I wanted to share with you some tips that will help you if your outdoor photoshoot ever gets rained on.
Look for Covered Porches and Tunnels or Breezeways
We’d already planned to use the beautiful brick wall and wood door on this porch for a backdrop. Because it was covered we were able to go ahead and shoot there as planned. I hadn’t chosen the location because it was covered, but it worked out nicely!
Our next location ended up being a breezeway at an old train depot. This wasn’t a planned location, but it worked beautifully, giving us cover and some fun textures. We were even able to use the darkness of the tunnel and the light from outside to get a few silhouette shots we hadn’t planned for.
Take some time now while it’s not raining to scout out locations in your area that may be covered! You’ll be so glad you did!
Have Fun in the Rain (And Keep Your Camera Dry!)
This couple wasn’t keen on getting wet in the 45 degree weather, but we’d brought along some umbrellas. I used one to keep myself and my camera dry and the couple used one and had some fun in the rain. The husband had drawn a picture some time back of a man and woman in the rain, kissing under a red umbrella. So, when the rain fell, we ran with it and got some photos that are very special to them! Whether yours have this back story or not, umbrella shots can be fun. And, check out the fun reflections in the puddles!
Shooting one handed while you hold an umbrella can be really tricky. I recommend a tripod, or at least a good battery grip with a shutter button that provides some extra stabilization for one-handed vertical shots!
Want to see the whole photoshoot? Click here to view my Flickr album.