Rain, the biggest horror of Melbourne wedding photography session. The beautiful view, the clear sky, all gone. It’s seemingly impossible to do anything in this weather, with the bride in her wedding dress and trying to keep it dry.
Well, well, if that’s how you feel, then it’s probably time to change that mindset! Rain is just another chance to hit it right! It gives a ton of ideas to try and use to capture unique images for your couple.
Shoot from indoor
There’s a difference between shooting indoor and shooting outside from indoor. Make sure to get a view of the outside from a window or a door from the inside. Rain gives off a romantic feel to this, as well as warmth when the couple is hugging or cuddling. It falls to how people percept the picture, not how the actual feel is on the set.
You can also save your time to shoot everything indoor first while you wait for the rain to cool down.
That’s right, step outside. Rain is not going to kill you. Have you forgotten how much your mother ranted because you went outside to play in the rain? Such playful mood is achievable with rain, especially on venues with beautiful, green backdrop and a bright weather. Just two kids racing with each other under the rain.
Or maybe you can kick it up a notch? There’s a small peck, a hot kiss, and a hot kiss under the rain. If the bride gets to choose, under the rain will probably something that heats her cheeks up. So, go for it!
On the other hand, for a more casual romantic style, you can get the groom to open his suit and cover the bride with it. Have them stand under a tree to keep less rain out of them both.
It’s always a wise thing to do to keep an umbrella before the rain comes. In the case of doing a Melbourne wedding photography session, keep a lot of umbrellas.
You should always have different types of umbrellas that do well with wedding themes, in your car. Keep the dust out of them, mind you. You never know when it will rain and when the theme is going to fit in with the umbrella’s colour.
Also important to remember that you can still shoot several pictures as usual: the little walk across the garden, the staring into each other moment, all while the both or one of them carrying the umbrella.
Play with light
If it’s especially dark, make use of flash and lighting kit to light the necessary parts of the subject and the background. Sometimes, you can leave the background completely dark and highlight on both of the couples. Other times, you can use more lighting kit to spread the light and make at least important feature of the background, like the tree or the décor to remain visible.
Black and white
The grayscale effect becomes very useful in this situation. To create that timeless moment under the rain, make use of black and white effect on pictures that focuses only on the couple with no much revelation of the background. This allows people to focus on only the subject and not be bothered by how many things are in the background.