Rain or Shine Portrait Sessions | How To Prepare

Rainy Day Session Soper Photography

Like many photographers, I offer mini sessions in the Fall.  Because we live in the Pacific Northwest and I only offer a limited number of spots with several sessions in one day, I deem these sessions: “Rain or Shine”.  That means, unless we’ve got a torrential thunder storm on our hands, we may be shooting in less-than-perfect conditions. It is important to understand that this does not mean that your session is automatically ruined.  As a matter of fact, I personally think rainy day sessions are some of the most fun!  You just have to be prepared. Here are the three best ways to prepare yourselves and your families for a session in the rain:

  1. Accessorize. Rain boots (or wellies), umbrellas, rain jackets and scarves will likely be the difference between a crummy session and a great one. You want you and your kiddos to stay dry (at least for the majority of the time) and these foul-weather accessories are a great way to bring fun, style, and personality to your session.
  2. Mentally Prepare. You likely don’t often have your photos taken in the rain, so have fun with it! Coming to your session in a great mood, assuming you’re going to get lots of fun, authentic photos is the best way to ensure a great session. Most kids LOVE to play in puddles- don’t you remember how much fun you had doing this as a kid? Let’s relive that feeling! Plus telling your children that if they smile big at the beginning of the session they get to jump in puddles at the end, is a wonderful bribery tactic. And this leads me to number 3…
  3. Bring a dry set of clothes. Shoes, socks, underwear, etc- This means for everyone! You never know when the moment may strike you to hop in that puddle yourself, so don’t limit yourself by not bringing a change of clothes.

So there you have- get prepared and let’s have some fun!  Now check out more of the soaking-wet fun we had during a couple of rainy day sessions from last year and tell me you don’t want to hop in a puddle… xx, Amy

Rain Or Shine Portrait Sessions!

  • November 6, 2017 - 4:26 pm

    Jess - I love that you accept the rain and run with it for your fall sessions. I feel like fall is full of rescheduling and cancellations. This is such a great way to make use of something that could otherwise be a bummer.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 4:39 pm

    Jan Freire - I definitely love rainy days for photo sessions! I just recently did awesome engagement session. And I love your!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 5:35 pm

    EJ - These family portraits are gorgeous! I love how you make art out of the rain! Most would cancel if rains rolled in, but you seem to make the best of it!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 6:32 pm

    Hilary Parr - What beautiful sessions! I know most people don’t think of shooting in the rain but it makes for such a fun and unique session. Great job! I loved all of them.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 7:22 pm

    fran - You are incredible!!! I’ve had so many requests to change the session because of rain!! this would be a game changer! I really need to venture out on wet days!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 8:36 pm

    Heather Scott - These are the cutest rainy day photos! Love their smiles and love..I can just see it!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    kym - I absolutely love the effect the rain provides!! this is so beautiful, it must have been so cold thoughReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 2:01 am

    Jennifer - I love seeing these images of kids and families playing in the rain, splashing around in puddles while wearing their rubber rain boots. They all seem to be having so much fun. Great images!!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 5:52 am

    Mercedes - Yay for puddle jumping! There’s no reason a little rain should keep you from getting great photographs, families! This is a great, super fun set of images. Bravo and great tips!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 7:34 am

    Amy - I have to say I love a photo session filled with rain there are so many fun props and adorable poses to capture when a little rains involved!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Emily - Love love love these photos and the color! The pop of color in the yellow rainboots is so cute! These are great family photos!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 10:05 am

    sarah holladay - these are some of the sweetest photos i have seen all day! you truly captured their joy and its evident that you’re great at what you do! well done!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 10:25 am

    sarah - These are great tips for portrait sessions. Those rainy photos are too stinking cute! I love them all!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 11:23 am

    Jenn - I love how you are embracing the rainy seasons. You do such a great job of making being wet look fun! Kudos. I would totally hire you for a session!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 11:42 am

    Minh - I’m always so scared to shoot in the rain, but it looks like you guys had so much fun. I love the images of the kids splashing around in the puddles.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 1:01 pm

    Sharee - Oh my goodness, this is why people should never ever ever reschedule photo sessions for rain. These rainboots are the absolute cutest and I love all of the images splashing in puddles, it looks like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 2:03 pm

    Cori - I freaking love this Shoot! I love the puddles and dogs, glasses, boots, and umbrellas! How amazing they will Cherish these for FOREVERReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2017 - 8:59 pm

    Kate - These are awesome!! This blog is perfect to get people to understand that family photography sessions are supposed to be fun! Rain is a perfect example! And I’m sure being in the Pacific Northwest you get plenty of it!ReplyCancel

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