Tips for Photography on Rainy Wedding Days: Rochester NY Photographers

If there's anything you know you can't control about your wedding day, it's the weather. Unless you know a secret rain dance that we don't know, it's always a possibility. So you may as well face it, rain happens.

But there are a few things you can do in advance of the big day to calm your rainy day nerves.

1 ) Umbrellas - you want outdoor pictures, but it's raining? Ok cool, let's get some umbrellas to have fun with. Bridal parties and umbrella add another element for us to work with. And they're also fun to kiss under.

2) Scouting - Let's do some research in advance. Is there a covered area to work with? Maybe an over hang on a city building? One time we actually traveled around the city using multiple covered areas and coffee shops - and it was a lot of fun!

3) Have a back up - Does your venue have an indoor option for your ceremony, and maybe unused rooms where we can go with the bridal party for pictures? Or is there another location we can go to? It's all about the pre-planning.


3) Don't stress - One thing I know about weddings. Nothing ever happens without the bride and groom. So if your outdoor ceremony has to wait for a rain shower to pass? Take the 10 minutes and wait it out. Your guests will understand. 

Besides that your photographer (us, we hope) should know how to light an indoor space, as well as be able to pose your group for the best possible indoor images if necessary.

So don't stress, everything will work itself out. 

4) Go with it! - Your wedding day, is your wedding day. Don't let a thing like the weather stress you out and ruin your memories of it. Sometimes, you just have to embrace whatever the day gives you - even if it means playing in the rain.

Reflections in puddles? Fun! Umbrellas? Great! Get soaked like a scene from "The Notebook"? AWESOME.

Wedding days are meant to be enjoyed, no matter what the circumstances. So enjoy!

~ Erin

Erin Perrotta

Erin’s creative background roots began with her family and her education in Digital Media/Fine Arts degree at Canisius College. While she enjoys a good adventure, Erin is most comfortable at home with family (husband, Matt and son, Lucas) or friends, a good book, and a cup of coffee.