How to get fantastic photographs in the Rain
On 24 May 2014 I photographed a lovely wedding in Snodland, Kent.
Mathematicians, Sarah-Jane and Crispin met at Trinity College Oxford and many of their University friends attended the wedding.
The brides family were very relaxed and welcoming as I arrived and at that point the weather was fine.
The brides father, Hugh is Vicar of parish and many hoped that he would be able to get the sun shining on All Saints Church, Snodland, unfortunately the rain had other ideas and the heavens did open as the bride arrived at the Church.
Here is some advice on how to deal with uninvited weather…
My first tip is to have umbrellas to hand, even in the height of summer and especially if rain has not been forecast, you know how accurate the weather men can be!
Most couples come to me with really stunning outdoor locations for photography, which is brilliant but in my mind I always have a back up plan. On this occasion we were extremely lucky to be able to take the group photographs in the Church, but you could take them in a large doorway with some shelter, inside the reception venue, on a staircase perhaps. When you start to look around there is often some stunning internal places for photography too.
I think it is important to tell the story of your Wedding with the rain included – Don’t try to tell a different story of the wedding day by not including photos of the rain. Embrace the weather and enjoy it. Also remember that it is not very often that it will rain non-stop for hours. You’ll typically find a break in the weather, even if just for a few minutes, we were able to take some beautifully pictures of the couple in the rectory garden in a break from the weather.
You may need to be flexible with your photography plan, swap things around on the day or have some photos taken later, if you are going to have to get wet, it is better to do this later in the day.
By the time the 200 guests we enjoying the wedding breakfast typically the sun was out, not only that a stunning rainbow filled the sky.
Congratulations to Sarah and Crispin.