You've planned the perfect shoot - location, outfit, and captions are all picked out. But when you wake up the day of, it's pouring outside! What do you do?
Fall has hit in the Pacific Northwest, and that means rainy days. Rain doesn't always mix well with blog shoots, but I'm here to say you don't have to cancel when rain is in the forecast! I'm sharing my top tips for shooting in the rain and avoiding photography disasters.
But before I go any further, I want to touch on an important part of shooting in the rain - protecting your camera gear. Whether you're using a DSLR or your iPhone, you always want to protect your gear. The best ways to do this are:
Now you're ready to shoot!
#1 - stay indoors
My go to spots for shooting inside when it's raining are coffee shops and the Seattle Public Library. When choosing a location, look for large windows and bright interiors that will maximize the natural light. Incorporate a latte or a cozy cup of tea and you have fabulous fall vibes.
But also get creative! Shoot in unexpected indoor places - the underground, shopping areas, or in buildings of a local university!
#2 - use rain accessories to your advantage
Instead of hiding your umbrella and rain boots, let them shine! Bring out your favorite jacket and beanie, and showcase your rainy day style.
If you want to avoid actually getting soaked while shooting outside, look out for overhangs and doorways to provide coverage for shots, like we did below.
#3 - just embrace it!
Standing directly in the rain isn't for everyone, but if you're willing, it creates gorgeous shots! Stomp in puddles and just have fun, or go for a more moody, wet hair look.
Again, watch out for over hangs and doorways to take breaks between shots.
Thanks for reading, hope my tips help you this fall!
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Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.
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