Getting Great Wedding Photographs, Tip #20: Know When To Adjust Your Expectations (Like If The Weather Goes Wild)

04 | 12 | 2011

It rained all day and all night at this wedding, without ever letting up.  We made some of our only real outdoor portraits under the canopy of this stand of redwood trees, which was somehow dry, even after two solid days of driving rain.  I love how the bride looks like she’s floating above the forest floor (and also kind of glowing!), like a wood fairy or a nymph.

The truth is that you never really can do anything about the weather.  Just be ready to go with it.  This couple had envisioned lots of portraits in the fields and forests near the reception venue. (And I had, too!)  The weather, unfortunately, made that pretty impossible, not to mention totally impractical.  Plan B was to run outside during a break in the rain.  It never happened.  So … we all adjusted our expectations and made the best portraits we could in the few spots we could reasonably get to.  Although I absolutely love all the photos that show the rainy day for what it was, the images from this series that seem to transport the bride far from her rainy wedding day seem extra special.

photo: Gia Canali

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