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What to do if the Weather Doesn't Cooperate for Your Session

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photo session scheduled.  bad weather...now what?

Kara Hubbard

Winter is coming. Well, for some of us anyway. As the winter months approach, the weather becomes even more unpredictable - which is to make anyone want to run and hide behind a super cute wide brimmed hat ;).  However, not all of us can run and hide from our woes and -it can be super frustrating when you have a photo session scheduled and you wake up to find wind and rain rattling your windows.  If only we could control the weather, right? But, unfortunately, we can’t. So, here are a few options when the weather is less than ideal: 

so now what!






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If being outside is essential to your client, and it’s windy, freezing, or pouring rain, it’s best to just reschedule. Send an email kindly asking them to reschedule. Be sure to communicate that they will be much happier with their session results under better weather circumstances. 

Also, point out that they will be much less miserable. We want our clients to be happy and remember having fun during our session! I don’t know about you, but being damp, cold, and wishing you were somewhere else does not sound like fun to me.  

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Rent a venue

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If rescheduling isn’t an option, and your client isn’t insistent on their session taking place outside, renting a venue is also a possibility. It’s always a good idea to have a short list of venues in your back pocket for a rainy day (see what I did there). I generally recommend passing that cost onto the client. 

Like I said before, we can’t control the weather, and if they don’t want to reschedule their session, they should be willing to absorb the extra cost. So, send a quick note with your list of venue options and the cost for rental to make it easy for your client to make a decision.  


So, your client has shut down rescheduling AND paying for a venue. Let’s talk Hail Marys for rainy-day photo sessions. First, find cover. Find a tree, an overhang, or a park shelter, anything that will protect you (and your expensive equipment) from the rain.

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If you’re in an urban setting, hotel entryways or ballrooms are always visually appealing, as well as universities or city buildings. Just do your best to find a background you can work with. You may even be surprised with how well your photos turn out!  

Another option for a rainy-day photoshoot is to bring clear umbrellas, or bright colored rain coats. Of course, it’s always helpful to have these items on hand and ready to use. Bottom line, get creative! If your client is willing to go out in the rain, they should be willing to use some props to make their photos turn out well. Again, sometimes these are the photos that turn out the best!

Obviously, it’s not ideal to have to shoot in crummy conditions, but chances are it’s going to happen in your photography journey. The best thing you can do is have some quick and easy solutions ready to go so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. In the photography business, being prepared is always a good idea.  

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