Wedding photos are one of the most important aspects of your big day. You want to be able to look back on them for years and remember all of the happy memories. However, if it’s raining on your wedding day, you may be worried that your photos won’t turn out well. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will discuss some tips to get great wedding photos even in the rain!

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Trust us and enjoy your day!

The Rocky Mountains are a beautiful place for a wedding, no matter what the weather is like. If you’re worried about rain ruining your photos, Jasper has some amazing local photographers who know how to work with the elements. We will be able to capture all of the special moments, even if it’s raining! If you’re faced with a little rain on your wedding day, don’t let it ruin your positive attitude or your experience. Embrace it and see it as part of your wedding story! We are experienced wedding photographers who will make sure you still get beautiful photos that capture your special day.

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Tips For Rainy Wedding Day Photography

1. Have a Positive Attitude

Yes, it’s a bummer when the weather doesn’t cooperate with you on your wedding day but that doesn’t mean your whole day is ruined! If you have a negative outlook on the rain these expressions will show through in your wedding photos. Keep a positive mindset and pay attention to your body language. Embrace the rain! It can actually make for some really beautiful photos. Make sure that you and your photographer are prepared with rain gear.

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A positive attitude is the way to embrace rain on your wedding day!

2. You can Always Find Plenty of Places to Stay Dry.

Awnings, porches and even the protection of tree branches can shield you from the rain and provide the perfect backdrop. Chances are your photographer has already scouted out the area and made note of areas that can be used for these purposes. You also have the option of incorporating umbrellas into your portraits. Umbrellas make great props for portraits and you can personalize them to display your name, initials, or wedding date.  Ideally, we recommend large “see-through” umbrellas so that your faces are not blocked.

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Umbrellas can add to the story of your wedding and keep you dry too!

3. Keep Your Activities as Planned.

Many couples consider forgoing some of the scheduled shots because of the rain. The rain can actually enhance the images and result in picture-perfect settings. The rain serves as a beautiful natural backdrop and the overcast clouds are ideal for outdoor lighting. It also gives your surroundings a boost in saturation so the colors around you really stand out. Before you write off these outdoor portraits talk to your photographer and let them work their magic. Jasper and the Rocky Mountains is a place where the rain typically doesn’t last all day. The sun pops out every now and then, making everything wet sparkle. Jasper is beautiful in any weather, but there’s something special about a rainy day here.

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4. Schedule enough time

If you’re worried about rain on your wedding day, talk to your photographer about what their contingency plan is. Experienced wedding photographers will have a plan for if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Our approach is- go for it! We will arrive prepared to take photos in any weather conditions. Make sure you allow enough time in your schedule for photos. The more time that you set aside, the chances are that you can wait out the rain.

Sometimes you gotta hit em with the Hein! (if you know, you know!)

If you are really against the idea of shooting in the rain speak with your Jasper photographer and the venue about setting up a time to come back to do bride and groom portraits. Otherwise, don’t let the rain get you down on your wedding day. Embrace the rain and trust that your photographer has all the tools and creative mindset to capture you beautifully in the not-so-ideal elements. 

Peggy and David did our weekday elopement session in mid October. We had four seasons worth of weather on our wedding day, but Peggy and David were so prepared for the elements and kept their energy and our energy fun and positive!! They really went out of their way to get some super special shots for us, and we could not be happier! Will 100% return for more life event photo sessions!

Katherine Van Zyderveld
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Chances are, if you wait out the rain you will get beautiful photos after!
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Let the photos tell your story.

One of the best things about rain on your wedding day is that it makes for some truly unique and memorable photos. Here are some questions to think about.

1) Do you want the photos to document what happened on your wedding day and tell the story?

2) Do you want to embrace the weather and go on an adventure?

3) Do you want to play it safe and only capture portraits in ideal weather conditions?

4) What do you want your wedding day to feel like?

Communicate with your photographer

These questions are important to contemplate and also conversations you must have with your photographer to make sure that you are all on the same page. If you want an adventure, but your photographer is concerned about keeping their gear dry, you might not be a good match with each other. If your photographer is pushing you to go with the weather and you are concerned about getting your dress dirty, you are probably not a good match. Have the conversation and find a photographer that matches your style and your level of comfort. A great wedding photographer is so much more than their camera equipment and knowledge of locations. Your wedding photographer should be able to connect with you and be aware of what you want your wedding day to feel like. Connect with us and find out if we are a good match!

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What are some of your tips for dealing with rain on your wedding day? Share them with us in the comments below!

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