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What To Do If It Rains

Today I’m going to cover the subject the favourite discussion topic for Brits – the weather!

Many couples I photograph for at Herts Wedding Photography plan for an outdoor ceremony. So one of the most significant stressors faced with as your wedding day approaches is when the weatherman predicts rain. It can seem like the end of the world after all the months of planning, but I’m here to assure you that of the 300+ weddings I’ve photographed, not a single one has been ruined by the rain.

umbrella in the rain

So, here are a few things to ease your stress about having less than perfect weather.

Stop checking the weather app every hour, and don’t lose sleep over it. If it looks like a little rain may pass through on your wedding day, it’s nothing that you and your loved ones can’t handle.

You may find it interesting to hear that bright sunny days don’t make for the best photos. Photographers much prefer a bit of cloud cover as it can soften the harsh sunlight that can cause you to squint or sweat. I can photograph anywhere when it’s cloudy instead of being limited to hunting down shade or the small window of time before sunset.

If you see some dark clouds approaching, wait a while before deciding to switch to your indoor backup plan. It can often pass, and you can still have your outdoor ceremony. In the meantime, you could keep your guests entertained indoors with games or drinks! Don’t forget that photographers can be super flexible. If it starts to rain when you planned to do outdoor photos, then no problem. All we need is to find a spot indoors with beautiful natural light. If the sun later starts to shine through during your reception, we can grab your crew and head out for a few more photos. We’ll make it work!

Why a clear umbrella? Because light can still pass through it when we’re out taking photos. Dark or coloured umbrellas will cast shadows or cause strange coloured light when we want soft natural light. I carry one in my car at all times, so not to worry.

So there it is. Four ways you can beat the classic British weather.

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