Rainy Day Photos in the Pacific Northwest
Working as a Seattle photographer in the evergreen Pacific Northwest, one of the most common questions I am asked is what to do if it rains on the day of your photo session or wedding. Four years ago I actually used to get a little anxious about potential rainy day photos. However, Now I can say I deal with it pretty confidently and regularly!
So, What do we do?
So if you’re here you’re probably wondering, what’s the answer? It’s simple. We EMBRACE it! One of the things I love about being a Seattle photographer is being a storyteller. Stories need a setting! It’s almost impossible to tell a story without telling the reader where we are and some characteristics of that place. This is why I love taking advantage of the many, many beautiful settings the PNW has to offer. With it’s mountains, rivers, lakes, and lush forests…it provides numerous background options for your session!
A little drizzle or rain is no reason to cancel your photo session. Don’t worry, I won’t ask you to stand in the rain and get soaked! Depending on where we are shooting, I’ll look for partial coverings from nearby structures or offer my courtesy clear umbrellas. Not only do they keep you covered, they’re super cute in rainy day photos!
What Seasons are Less likely for Rain
When I’m planning and forecasting what the weather will be like for your session, I look for chances of moisture ( yeah, I have to minor in meteorology to do this job 🤪). If we’re doing your photo session in the fall or early spring, the chances of rain are much higher. I’ll usually look at the forecast about one week before your scheduled session date to see if there’s a part of the day where it looks more likely to rain so that we can avoid that if possible. Having to keep such a close eye on the weather is one of the reasons I don’t schedule multiple sessions in one day. Not only do I like to make sure that I’m giving my clients my attention and commitment, I also allows room if we need to shift things around a little bit due to weather, traffic or other issues.
If the weather predicts rain for your photo session, we’ll reach out 48-72 hours before your date to offer the option to reschedule. Disclosure: I’m not an actual paid meteorologist and I can’t guarantee that rain will actually happen just because the forecast predicts it will. If I offer an option to reschedule, please know that it’s totally optional and I’m offering it out of the goodness of my heart🤗.
When Do you cancel the session
Whenever there’s heavy rain, or as I like to call it, “torrential downpour” – I’ll reschedule our photo session. Don’t worry, I’m not crazy and won’t try to recreate a notebook moment with my clients. I don’t want you to be wet dogs, and I also want to keep my equipment dry!😜