Already, we’re into some funky weather just as senior sessions get underway. And inevitably, it causes seniors stress as their session approaches with clouds and rain showing prominently in the weather forecast.
So, here’s how we approach this. Whenever possible, we will proceed with the session. Overcast skies can make for amazing photos, and the light before and after rain can be almost magical. I hate to shy away from this light just because it “might” rain. You’ll love this light too, and find it wonderfully flattering.
On those rare occasions when the forecast calls for heavy rain and/or it seems likely that we will encounter a storm or thunder and lightening, we’ll simply reschedule, though we won’t make the call until the night before for a morning session or the day of for an evening session.
If the forecast calls for a 40-70% chance of rain, we’ll watch the weather maps and try to time the session and locations to work with the weather. The vast majority of the time the rain stays away, or if we get a few sprinkles, we can work with it. I have identified lots of locations and tricks for capturing great, natural outdoors photos in a light rain, by taking advantage of overhangs, pavilions, stables, umbrellas, etc. And while we’re at it, we get beautiful light.
There are two situations that are good for me to know about in advance that may affect our decisions and how early we need to decide about whether to proceed — if you are getting your hair and makeup done professionally and have an appointment before the shoot, or if you have hair that will misbehave in damp weather.
Also, on the rare days when the temperature soars and the air is super humid, I may suggest we reschedule so that you can feel fresh and enjoy the session. It’s no fun to be sweating bullets when you are trying to look your very best.
Finally, if we have to reschedule, or suspend a session mid-way, we’ll reschedule as soon as possible at a mutually convenient time. I always leave room on my calendar for this, and I can typically get you back on the schedule within a few days.