Preparing for Rain on Your Fall Photoshoot

The Autumn Equinox is upon us and with that, the rain season! Here in the great PNW, it’s scheduled to be rainy or overcast about 9 months out of the year. Here are some tips for making the best out of a rainy-day photoshoot!

1. Clouds are our friends for portraits!

Cloudy skies are a photographers favorite lighting because they diffuse the brightest light in the sky for us, making for a more evenly lit scene.  The lack of direct sun also prevents weird shadows creeping into your photos and makes it so you don’t have to squint while we are capturing you! With a cloudy day, we can work with the light in almost any location instead of having to work around the sun to create good photos.

2. Prepare your hair!

When we say prepare your hair for a rainy day, that could mean a variety of things from being prepared with an umbrella (this could also be a fun prop for your shoot!), applying extra hairspray to avoid frizz during the drizz(le), or bringing a scrunchie and some bobby pins to help calm your hair down a little. During a photoshoot we want you to feel confident and comfortable, and fighting with your hair makes that a little hard, so it’s best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

3. Consider your clothes!

Bring an extra change of clothes for each person! This is a good idea just in case snacks or drinks get spilled on you, or even just to have something dry to change into on an extra wet day. Remember that being comfortable is one of the most important parts of being prepared for your photoshoot rain or shine, so having something dry and cozy or even an extra pair of socks can be a life saver.

If you find your shoot to be on an extra gloomy day, consider adding some color to your outfit to create a pop in your photos! Coordinating with your loved ones in your photos can work with this too, for example wearing reds and oranges in your autumn photoshoot can help give your photos that nostalgic fall vibe.

4. Make sure that the season you are getting your photos done is the right season for you.

What are you envisioning your photos to look like? Talk to your photographer about the image you have in your mind.  Maybe you prefer having a brighter and more contrasted look for your photos, so a bright sunny day might be best for you!

What do you need your photos for?

  • Senior photos? Summer might be better, when you have a ton of free time and some fun in the sun with your friends! You and your best friends could do group shoots to remember your last summer break and your senior photos at the same time!
  • Engagement Photos/Save-the-Date? 1-3 months before the wedding is pretty traditional, and if you aren’t wanting to shoot during the rainy season then booking a little bit earlier might be the way to go!
  • Are you wanting holiday cards? The rainy season is perfect for the warm cozy mood, but maybe you want to consider scheduling an in-home shoot.

5. Not wanting rain but want to keep your date?

Lets try scheduling something inside! The week before your shoot if rain seems present in the forecast I would love to talk about indoor options! We could rent a studio for an extra fee, take some photos on a coffee shop date, or do an in-home session!

6. Last but not least, remember to have fun!

How you feel will show through in your photos, so just remember to make the most out of the day! Let’s put on some fun music and turn this photoshoot into an enjoyable day for you to look back on!