How To Photograph Weddings in Bad Weather

Every year we get the same problem here in the UK – “how can I photograph weddings in bad weather?” Bad weather can be both disappointing for couples and challenging for wedding photographers, especially during the height of summer when sunny skies are expected. However, seasoned wedding photographers know that with preparation and a positive attitude, there are plenty of creative ways to make the most out of any wedding day, rain or shine. Today we’re going to explore some expert tips from seasoned Scottish wedding photographer, Neil Thomas Douglas, on how to embrace the circumstances and capture extraordinary images that stand out.

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How To Photograph Weddings in Bad Weather

Doorways: When it’s pouring outside, doorways become your best friends. While the couple stays dry inside, you can capture some beautiful shots from the outside, embracing the rain as part of the story. Doorways also provide excellent framing opportunities, and you can switch from shooting outside to inside to create a moody, silhouette vibe. This way, you can add variety to the images without requiring the couple to change their poses constantly.

Embrace the Beauty of Window Light: Bad weather often brings diffused and soft light, which can work wonders for your images. Seek out window light, as it’s one of the best sources of natural illumination for portraits and details. Window light can create flattering and romantic results that add a touch of elegance to your wedding shots.

Don’t Be Afraid To Move Things: Sometimes, you may encounter obstacles like tables or cluttered backgrounds that hinder your shots. Don’t be afraid to move things around to optimise the composition. Clearing away clutter or shifting objects can lead to cleaner and more visually appealing photographs. Even minor adjustments can make a significant difference in the final result.

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Tips for Photographing Wet Weather Weddings

Master Indoor Lighting: Indoor lighting can be tricky, but it’s an essential skill for wedding photographers, especially when bad weather forces you indoors. If the lighting conditions aren’t working for your shot, try turning off some lights to create a more intimate ambience. If the venue is dark, don’t hesitate to increase your camera’s ISO to maintain the image quality and capture the moment without blur.

Utilise the Ceremony Room for Group Shots: During inclement weather, the ceremony room often serves as a beautiful and secluded space for group shots. It allows you to avoid the crowds and distractions of other guests, ensuring the focus remains on the couple and their loved ones.

Direct Flash Techniques: When the lighting is less than ideal, direct flash can be a valuable tool in your arsenal. Although it may seem intimidating at first, mastering the art of using direct flash can significantly improve your indoor and low-light shots. If you’re unsure about this technique, consider taking our Direct Flash class to refine your skills and enhance your results.

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As a wedding photographer in the UK, you’re bound to encounter bad weather at some point, but it doesn’t have to hinder your creativity or spoil the day for your clients. By embracing the challenges and following these expert tips, you can turn adverse weather conditions into opportunities for capturing extraordinary images that stand out from the rest.

Remember, a positive attitude and a willingness to adapt are key to making the most out of any wedding day, regardless of the weather. So, next time you face rain or gloom, approach it with confidence and creativity, and you’ll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve.

Finally, don’t forget that we have classes from Neil inside our online learning membership The Barn…