Like many photographers, I offer mini sessions in the Fall. Because we live in the Pacific Northwest and I only offer a limited number of spots with several sessions in one day, I deem these sessions: “Rain or Shine”. That means, unless we’ve got a torrential thunder storm on our hands, we may be shooting in less-than-perfect conditions. It is important to understand that this does not mean that your session is automatically ruined. As a matter of fact, I personally think rainy day sessions are some of the most fun! You just have to be prepared. Here are the three best ways to prepare yourselves and your families for a session in the rain:
- Accessorize. Rain boots (or wellies), umbrellas, rain jackets and scarves will likely be the difference between a crummy session and a great one. You want you and your kiddos to stay dry (at least for the majority of the time) and these foul-weather accessories are a great way to bring fun, style, and personality to your session.
- Mentally Prepare. You likely don’t often have your photos taken in the rain, so have fun with it! Coming to your session in a great mood, assuming you’re going to get lots of fun, authentic photos is the best way to ensure a great session. Most kids LOVE to play in puddles- don’t you remember how much fun you had doing this as a kid? Let’s relive that feeling! Plus telling your children that if they smile big at the beginning of the session they get to jump in puddles at the end, is a wonderful bribery tactic. And this leads me to number 3…
- Bring a dry set of clothes. Shoes, socks, underwear, etc- This means for everyone! You never know when the moment may strike you to hop in that puddle yourself, so don’t limit yourself by not bringing a change of clothes.
So there you have- get prepared and let’s have some fun! Now check out more of the soaking-wet fun we had during a couple of rainy day sessions from last year and tell me you don’t want to hop in a puddle… xx, Amy