I am based in Sydney, but also travel worldwide.
My aim is to be in the moment and capture love stories artfully and intentionally. Preserving emotions & focusing on the mood and feel.
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As we are so privileged with possibly 300 sunny days in Sydney, the torrential rain recently has given me a purpose to create this post for you who needs an idea or insight about how to prepare for a rainy wedding day.
Honestly, the difference between golden sunset photos and rainy photos is only the poses. I quite like to ask my couples to sit down as I found it relaxing for the couple yet looking fantastic. Apart from that, I always find beauty under different circumstances. (Beauty is every where if you look for it, right?!)
If you think your rainy wedding photos are going to be dull and boring, think again. The wet ground reflects the light and creates soft box effect during the day time, no one’s squinting, and the white dress just reflected the light from every angle, how special is that? Don’t believe me? Here are my tips and read on:-)
Personally I like props. It gives an easier direction as you probably would know what to do when you hold an umbrella. Most people are struggle to deal with their hands when they are in front of cameras but given a prop definitely makes them understand the directions more. Below are the tools that I think will help you create some fun rainy wedding photos without a headache.
Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. While we have no control of the weather, at least we can prep for the worst and enjoy the ride, right?
We all wish to have that dreamy golden light in our wedding portraits, and sometimes we do get lucky when the rain stopped before the sunset. But what if it doesn’t stop, what do we do? The lighting in rainy days generally will be darker than usual, so the chances are that we are going outdoor for portraits whenever we see the opportunity. So you might need to move the speeches or dance later when the sky just cleared up to run for some quick snaps around the venue.
It also takes longer to move every one when it’s rainy. Expecting delays and communicate with your venue/wedding planner/driver to avoid frustrations. We all want the perfect wedding photos, but it’s also awkward to keep your guests waiting.
If you wished to wear your hair down, you might need to prepare for a lil frizzy hair due to the humidity or wind. Personally I don’t mind as it tells the story of the day and somehow the close-up photos looks even more romantic and poetic to me. However, if you are wearing false eyelashes, make sure the glue stays all day. You can also freshen up your look with some hair accessories. There are many trendy choices to choose, such as pearl claw clips, bow clips, silk scrunchies, headband, etc.
While I believe rainy wedding day photos are just as dreamy as golden sunset photos, but I still have to be honest with you it can still be difficult from time to time. We can always go for a walk with umbrellas then toss them to the side to have a few quick snaps, but what if it’s heavy downpour? Always discuss your concerns with your wedding photographer, and research for some indoor places adjacent as a backup. Usually your wedding photographer would have come up with a backup plan, communication is the key to nail the wedding day photos in the rain.
While it’s easy to wander around in the country to get some dreamy misty photos, but it can still be a mission to get to your portrait locations in your wedding attires. Getting a driver to drop you off at your ideal locations can avoid some disappointment plus it’s also a great way to add stories and interests in your photos. Imagine how romantic and cinematic it will be with the rain drops falling from the windows while you sitting intimately at the back seat. That will totally make me swoon! And it’s a double win if you got a cute vintage car or a Kombi, how cute the photos will it be? Please prove me wrong!
As mentioned before, nothing is predictable on the wedding day. There might be other dramas happening instead of the undesired forecast. I believe that the day will be just perfect as long as you were with your kinda people, don’t you think?
There’s no rainbow every day, but there might be one on a rainy day. It would be even more special if it happened on your wedding day, right?! When we were kids, we loved looking for puddles and being playful in the rain. I think this is your sign to let the perfectionism go and live in the moment!
Aka Innes is a Sydney based wedding & Editorial photographer, capturing wedding memories for free-spirited, adventurous couples in Australia and worldwide.