When it comes to planning an engagement photo session, unexpected weather conditions like rain can seem like a daunting challenge. However, with the right approach and a touch of creativity, rain can actually add romance to your session day.
I just (of course) wrote a blog about rain on a wedding day, and the next weekend I had two engagement sessions with torrential downpours! So today I’ll share our experience of conquering the rain during both photo sessions in Historic Downtown Charleston. With umbrellas and some covered spots, we managed to create captivating and unique photos, plus stories that will last a lifetime.
Instead of stressing over the rain, we embraced it as an opportunity to add an element of charm and uniqueness to our engagement photo session. Rain can create a dreamy ambiance and add a touch of intimacy to the photographs, making them stand out from the usual bright and sunny images. We chose to see the rain as a blessing and let its presence ignite our creativity.
It’s always a bit stressful at first, especially if rescheduling isn’t an option, but once you make the decision to just embrace the rain and roll with it you’ll be 100% better off.
One of the essential aspects of a successful rainy engagement photo session is proper planning. Since I live here I know the Historic Downtown Charleston area well, so before a session I always have a route in mind with locations that provided some cover from the rain.
There really isn’t a way to stay totally dry when photographing outside in the rain, but at least we could still continue, even during torrential downpours.
Umbrellas played a crucial role in making our engagement photo session a success. I carry several clear, bubble umbrellas that are ideal for photoshoots. They’re clear, so they don’t inhibit what little light we have on rainy days, plus since they’re clear they don’t block out the scenery. The umbrellas not only protected us from the rain but also served as fun props. **quick tip: if you’ve got a photo session coming up, order a clear bubble umbrella for each person in your session just to have on-hand. You can always return them afterwards if you don’t need them, and it’s better to be prepared!
As the rain poured down, P + M decided to embrace the moment and have a little fun with it. There was hardly any traffic, so they went to the middle of Broad St. and danced! For sure my favorite images from their session. Always dance in the rain!
In handling rain during any photo session, timing plays a crucial role, and it’s one of the most significant strategies I employ. Fortunately, in Charleston, rain typically doesn’t persist all day; instead, it often consists of passing storms that last for an hour or so. To avoid the rain, the best approach is to adjust the session time slightly, which usually proves to be highly effective. By doing so, we can capture the perfect moments without any interference from the rain.
However, on those rare occasions when the rain does persist for a more extended period, I still employ strategic timing to make the most of the situation. During the heaviest rainfall, we seek shelter under cover to continue the photo session, ensuring that we don’t miss any essential shots. And when the rain lightens up or moves to a different area, we venture out to various locations, maximizing the opportunities for capturing beautiful and unique images.
The key lies in flexibility and adaptability when it comes to dealing with rain during a photo session. By leveraging the timing to our advantage, we can create stunning photographs while embracing the unpredictable beauty that rain adds to the overall experience.
Don’t let rain dampen the spirit of your engagement photos! Embrace the rain as an opportunity to create unique, intimate, and beautiful photographs. With proper planning, the right tools, and a touch of creativity, you can turn a rainy day into a magical and romantic experience that will be cherished for a lifetime.
So, if you’re considering an engagement photo session in Historic Downtown Charleston, don’t fear the rain; embrace it and let us capture the magic for you. Rainy days can be the most enchanting and unforgettable backdrop for your love story.