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As you and your couple spend hours discussing important wedding day details, one thing remains entirely beyond your control – the weather. Mother Nature is unpredictable, and rain on wedding days can be a total buzzkill. But don’t let it dampen your spirits or your client’s wedding photography experience! In fact, it can sometimes be a blessing in disguise for photographers to capture incredible wedding photos in the rain. So stop cursing at the weather and get ready to create some magic with your camera. Read on to know how!

Wedding Photos In The Rain: Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

1. Erin Morrison Photography

a wedding couple in between the woods under an umbrella
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @erinm_photography

2. Jorge Santiago Photography

a black and white image of a newlywed couple in the middle of the road while it's raining
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @jorgesantiagophoto

3. Robb McCormick Photography

an image of the reflection of a wedding couple on a street puddle
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @robbmccormickphotography

4. Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

a picturesque rainy landscape with a umbrella holding wedding couple in the foreground
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @melissafechapmanphotography

5. June Lion

the bridesmaids, the groomsmen and the wedding couple is running holding umbrellas
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @kellyiswilde

5 Ideas To Capture Stunning Wedding Photos In The Rain 

1. Embrace The Rain & Have Fun

Why fight the rain when you can embrace it as a creative opportunity? Ask your couple if they are comfortable taking wedding photos in the rain. If they are game, organize a fun rain photo shoot featuring the couple and the wedding party wearing funky rain boots or holding colorful umbrellas. For iconic wedding photos in the rain ideas, you could encourage the couple and their entourage to dance, run, or splash around in puddles, highlighting their playful personalities and bringing out some truly fun wedding photos. 

With a spin of creativity and an eye for detail, wedding photography ideas in the rain can be endless! Moreover, you can also take some incredibly romantic couples portraits of the bride and groom kissing or dancing in the rain!

2. Look For Cover

To ensure your couple is warm and dry (and clean) while still capturing wedding photos in the rain, it’s wise to scout the wedding venue beforehand and search for areas such as porches, covered patios, gazebos, or tents that make for good covers from the rain as well as backdrops for the photos. Additionally, it’s always good to touch base with the venue coordinator to know potential rainy-day photography spots on the property. 

Related Read: How To Take Wedding Photos In The Rain

3. Use Backlighting

A major concern when taking photos in the rain is low-light conditions. Since rainy days are often overcast, an off-camera flash can work wonders to compensate for it by adding a dramatic effect. As far as rainy day photography ideas go, backlighting your couple is one of the most impactful ways to do it. For amazing rainy wedding photos, place the off-camera flash behind the couple and illuminate the rain or droplets. For a classic and timeless shot, consider capturing the couple sharing a kiss under an umbrella.

4. Use An Umbrella 

Looking for a straightforward solution on how to photograph photos in the rain? Use an umbrella! Including umbrella wedding photos in your rainy day shot list can add variety to your couple’s wedding album. Not only will it protect the couple from the rain, but it can also make the photos more aesthetically pleasing. Make the most out of the umbrella as a prop to inject some vivid colors against gloomy skies, or simply have your clients hold them to keep them from feeling awkward about where to place their hands.

Suggested Read: How To Keep Your Gear Safe In Dangerous Conditions

5. Look For Reflections

Reflection photos can add a unique touch to your rainy day wedding photography. Look for puddles or wet surfaces that offer reflective opportunities and experiment with different angles and perspectives to churn out something truly unique. Consider taking some night wedding photos to add an extra layer of drama and magic to the image. There are countless night wedding photography ideas, such as using LED umbrellas, playing with ambient light sources to create silhouettes, or posing couples under fairy lights to capture a romantic evening in the rain. 

Bonus Idea: Make The Most Of Indoor Spaces

Should the rain get excessively heavy and persistent, it’s always best to have a plan B ready. If you find yourself taking photos indoors, don’t worry, you can still include some rainy day wedding photos in your couple’s album. If you want to incorporate the rain in indoor wedding photos, you could consider posing your couple by large windows. Not only does this allow you to capture the rain outside, but it’s a great way to use whatever natural lighting you can get. 

You could also look for interesting spots indoors, such as the reception hall, lobby, bar area, or tea room. These will help you incorporate the venue’s architectural elements in the wedding photos. With a little creativity and experimentation, you can take some truly inspirational wedding photos even when it is raining cats and dogs. However, when shooting weddings indoors, just be sure to adjust the camera’s color temperature to match the lighting of your surroundings for the best results.

Further Read: Posing For Perfection: A Guide To Wedding Photography Poses

Come stormy skies or rain – the essence of weddings remains the celebration of true love! Although it’s beyond your control, rainfall on your couple’s wedding day shouldn’t cast a pall over their wedding photos. With the right preparation and strategy, taking wedding photos in the rain can be a memorable experience for your couple and their guests alike. Just try to make sure that if you’re going outside in the rain, you’re directing them in a way that also infuses a lot of fun! And with these ideas in mind, you’ll be prepared for anything the weather gods have in store (even if you decide to stay indoors!).

At ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you grow your wedding photography business. A part of how we do that is by lessening your post-production workload with our professional photo editing services. To learn more about how we can help your wedding photography business, check out our pricing plans.

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