wedding photo in the rain

How I got the shot- A crazy, rainy wedding photo

Most brides dream of bright, sunny days for their wedding. I’ve been pretty lucky over the years, and most of my weddings have been nice weather. There have only been a few that were rough. About two years ago, I shot a wedding in December, and it was bad enough that it was cold, but we also had a steady drizzle the entire night. I still managed to pull off some really fun shot. I also remember last year I shot a wedding out in Bella Vista, and on the way home I got to see the golf course flooded and several other areas under water. Well, rain can really be a bummer, but I always try to make the best out of the situation. In today’s how I got the shot, I take a look at one of my favorite shots, a crazy, rainy wedding photo!

How I got the shot- A crazy, rainy wedding photo

As I already mentioned, we had a giant flood a few weeks before Nick and Elana’s wedding, so they were already paranoid. To make matters worse, it looked like a storm was rolling in for their wedding as well. I talked to Elana about this beforehand and assured her we would be fine and get good photos no matter what. Little did I know what that promise would involve.

wedding photo in the rain

The day was so much fun. The group of guys was hilarious. One of them was in love with his car, so we ended up having all the guys surround it. Elana didn’t think it was that great. During the ceremony, the best man decided to play a trick as well. He pretended to drop the ring and actually dropped a quarter. It bounced and made a bing sound, so everyone freaked out. Besides that, it was a clear and sunny day.

We finished the ceremony and group photos, and we headed inside for the reception. An hour in or so and the rain came, and it was heavy. We were having a good time inside, but the night was coming to a close, and I didn’t have that many photos of the couple. Elana came up to me and asked about going out in the rain. I immediately said I was down for it, and I was happy to hear that they were too.

I went outside to set things up. My initial thought was that I would have a flash behind them to light the rain and the umbrella, and then a flash in front to light them. When we got out there, the front flash was too strong, so I just used the back flash. Luckily there was an overhead light that put some light on the front of them. We all got soaked, but we ended up with an amazing photo. We came inside and they changed, and I headed home.

Lots of people would have said no, the photographer or the couple. I’m so glad we all said yes and took a chance. Yes, we got wet, but I think it was well worth it. Now I have an amazing photo and something to show couples when they are worried about the rain! Check out more awesome photos from Elana and Nick’s wedding!

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