Every couple dreams of rain on their wedding
day, don’t they? I always feel so bad for couples
when they plan for outdoor portraits and the
weather puts a halt to those plans. At this marvelous
Indian wedding, going outside, even under an umbrella,
wasn’t really an option on this wet and rainy afternoon. As
wedding photographers, we still have to make amazing
portraits in any situation, so it was time to adapt.
The vendors were loading decor into the hotel
ballroom, which had an open loading dock to the
parking lot outside. I positioned my clients just inside
the loading dock and safely out of the path of the rain.
I sent my assistant with an umbrella into the parking
lot outside, armed with our beloved Profoto B1 on full
power. Aiming the bare bulb straight at the couple let
me mimic the look of backlight from the sun on a rainy
day. I love how the light separates the couple from the
background while also picking up the rain drops in a
really dramatic way.
On a Rainy Day
Susan Stripling is a Brooklyn-based wedding photographer
and Triple Master of WPPI who co-founded The Wedding
School ( theweddingschool.net), a wedding photography
education source for shooters worldwide.
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