Oh how I love outdoor weddings! Wide open spaces, rickety old farm fences, untamed grasslands, and soaring mountain views… what could be better? Now, I know that I’m one of the lucky ones. Being a wedding photographer on the Gold Coast of Australia, is like a dream – as far as access to bushy hinterlands and glorious beaches go. But like with most good things, there is often a catch.
Meet my capricious friend – THE DREADED WEATHER 🙂
Because whether we like it or not, this one aspect, is the determining factor between golden crepuscular rays, glistening through a majestic pine forest; and an utter downpour, which cancels all possibilities of taking even one step into the scenic wild.
Okay. I know what you’re going to say next.
As professionals, we need to absolutely be prepared to work in whatever conditions are thrown our way on the day, and I fully agree. But that doesn’t soften the sting of ‘what could have been’ if the weather had played nice. Sure, I can rain-proof my gear; but in the end, there is no substitute for being cut off from the gorgeous terrain now turned flood plains, that we otherwise would have been able to traverse in the quest for some magnificent captures.
Yet with all that, don’t lose heart. Below I share two practical things that we can still do, even in unpredictable weather:
#1 – Check the forecasts constantly in the lead-up to the wedding. And make sure to maintain open communication lines with your clients, in case they alert you of any last minute changes arising from potential challenges.
#2 – Don’t be afraid to speak with your clients on the day, in order to possibly gauge their willingness to brave the elements; because if they are keen, go for a shoot anyway! A wedding is after all, the start to a great adventure, so why not kick it off in memorable fashion – while of course taking the proper precautions to stay warm and use umbrellas etc. Because who knows? You might just come away with something stunning – like our bold collection from Rose & Jordan’s elopement; which despite the rain, still produced some magical results, and ultimately even graced a spread in Modern Wedding’s feature blog.