Don’t let bad weather ruin your wedding photos…but how?
Drip, drip, drop, little April showers… Oh! So pretty and a lovely subject for a Disney song, but April showers aren’t so welcome when dark clouds threaten to ruin your wedding photos.
Though I’m sure every couple dreams of a wedding day blessed with blue skies and sunshine, this is far from a given in rainy old Blighty. Since you won’t exactly be able to rebook your session, there are a few things you can do to make your wedding photos look knock out rather than wash out.
There’s no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothing. Just in case, why not get yourself some really fancy wellington boots and a pretty umbrella? It’s a sure-fire way to guarantee an unforgettable entrance and you can always change into your heels once you’ve made it through the door! From golden wellies to gumboots with a maribou trim, there are some truly imaginative solutions out there. Top it off with a gorgeous brolly that co-ordinates with your wedding flowers and make a virtue out of the bad weather.
Be flexible with your timings. Often, especially in changeable springtime, it can be pouring with rain one moment and sunny the next. If it looks like it might cheer up in half an hour, try to delay the formal shots until then. Just make sure your guests have some nibble to soak up any pre-wedding breakfast booze while everyone is mingling and waiting for the photos.
Take advice from your photographer. A professional photographer knows how to use light – or lack of it – to the best advantage. Listen to any advice and be willing to try out different settings and angles to make the best of the conditions.
Work with the weather, not against it. So-called bad weather can have all sorts of photographic advantages over sunshine, especially for photos that call for lots of emotion. A moody dark sky, light bouncing off raindrops, dramatic storm clouds and dreamy, hazy mist can all look absolutely stunning as a backdrop to your photos. And, if you’re really lucky, you might get a rainbow!
Think creatively. Sometimes you just need to get inside, particularly if there are children involved. It’s hard to get a good photo if everyone’s cold and miserable. If this is the case, all is not lost. Force yourself to get inventive! Seek out interesting corners to use a backdrop, or make the rain-streaked windows a feature. This works particularly well if you have hired an old or quirky building for your wedding.
Finally, just take heart from this lovely quote:
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather
Kim Rix Photography
Making Memories Glorious