Wedding Photography and a Wet Wedding
Something you must prepare for because it will happen!
Wedding photography and the wet wedding. This is something that if you are in business long enough, you will come across and I suggest that you prepare for it. When we started "Pan Photography" in the 1990's, I remember praying for a wet wedding just to get it out of the way. There is a simple way of being ready and that is to prepare!
Go to the venue and reception area for your "dry run" (excuse the pun). Whilst you are there, look around and imagine it is raining. For each and every stage of the wedding, imagine it is raining and ask yourself:
Remember that if it is raining, it is generally darker too so adjust your camera settings accordingly, i.e. ISO.
At the end of the day there is nothing you or anyone can do about the weather so make the most of it. If the couple are fun, get some shots that incorporate the poor weather and make light of the situation.
Failing all of that…move to Spain like I did!
More recently, during a wedding shot in the UK, this shot (below left) was taken about 5 minutes before the heavens opened. We all got a little soaked. Later on that evening, the groom and friends gave their guests a "Fire Poi" show in the rain (below right).
To get the shots, I had two speedlights on stands using Pocket Wizards and to stop them getting wet, I placed my studio brollies over them using the flash brackets…job done!