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How to Manage Rain on a Wedding Day

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You know that song, “It’s like raaaiiinnn on your wedding day!?” 

Well, it happens! Even here in the desert! We live in Arizona, where rain is so rare that it becomes a trending topic on Facebook here every time it happens. It probably puts us at the top of the “least likely to have rainy wedding days” category in all of the nation, but just like our friend Alanis knows, it still happens! Even to us! So if it’s happening to us, it must be happening to you, too!

As weddings photographers, we have to be prepared to shoot in the dripping, sopping, pouring wetness.

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When it rains on wedding days here, we have two go-to options when we’re shooting portraits outside:

1. We get our couples or the bridal party cute umbrellas and we all go out into the pouring rain.

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2. We place the couple underneath an overhang, awning, or some sort of coverage from the water so they’re dry. Then we go out into the rain and shoot back towards the dry coverage. In this example below, these portraits look like they were taken on a bright day, but if you look closely, you’ll see the evidence that it was storming!

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Really any way you slice it, we’re in the rain! If it’s a light drizzle and it’s only for a few minutes, we (and our gear) are probably okay. But, when we’re talking about standing in the rain for hours at a time, we needed another solution.

There’s a misconception out there that because Canon DSLR’s and lenses are “weather resistant” they can withstand any amount of rainfall as long as the camera’s not submerged under water, but from our experience and the experience of others, that’s just not true. The camera and lenses can get wet and still function, but there is a point where the camera and/or lens take on too much water and will start to malfunction if not stop working altogether. NOT a good thing on a wedding day! Now, of course, this is just one of many reasons why we keep reliable back-up gear with us at all times, but we wanted to find a more permanent solution.

And that’s where the Pro SLR Storm Jacket Cover from Vortex Media comes to the rescue!

We think these were intended for sports photographers who stand on the field for hours and hours (rain or shine) with really, really, really expensive gear, but we thought they might work for wedding photographers, too, so we ordered a few.

AND LOVE THEM.

At this weekend’s wedding, it started raining right before the ceremony. The resort staff brought umbrellas to all the guests, and the maid of honor and best man held coverage over the bride and groom. But, obviously, we couldn’t hold umbrellas over ourselves and shoot at the same time! And we were also in the middle of our couple’s once-in-a-lifetime moment, so we couldn’t just stop shooting to protect our gear!

No problem, though. We grabbed our Storm Jackets out of our bag a few minutes before the ceremony and slipped them over our cameras and lenses. It took seconds. So easy. No hassle or fuss. No worrying about our gear. The show went on as planned and our clients got great images.

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Each side of the Storm Jacket has a bungee cord on it that locks (like a small mesh or beach bag might have). Once you cover the lens with that side and fasten the band tight around the end of the lens, it’s pretty secure and won’t move.

From there, just pull the rest of the jacket over the camera body and — voila! — we’re good to go! It’s like a poncho for our cameras.

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It’s a little awkward at first trying to keep the back of your camera body covered while shooting at the same time, but after a few frames, you’ll get used to it. Plus, it’s better than the alternative! We think every wedding photographer needs to be prepared to shoot in the rain, and even though we live in one of the driest states in the country, we keep rain gear in our bag at every single wedding just in case. So whether it’s the Storm Jacket, or something else designed to keep your equipment dry, we encourage you to have a solution and always be prepared, just in case! We hope this helps you out the next time it rains on one of your wedding days, friend!

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  1. Megan

    January 16th, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Where did you get that adorable umbrella?

  2. Amy & Jordan

    January 16th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Our bride actually got them, weI think, so we don’t know! Sorry! Maybe Target?

  3. Erika Mills

    January 16th, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    This is so so so needed in my bag since we live in VA where it rains pretty much daily during wedding season! Not to mention rain comes from nowhere! thanks ya’ll!!! xx

  4. Amy & Jordan

    January 26th, 2015 at 8:42 am

    You bet, Erika! It’s seriously just so comforting to know that you’re good to go rain or shine and your gear is safe!

  5. Rachel W

    January 18th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    So thankful to read about the storm jacket, my first wedding was in the rain, and pouring!! Luckily, it was very small & we just went outside for after ceremony pix. I just used plastic bags and was lucky to have a friend hold an umbrella over me 🙂 I will def have to get this!

  6. Amy & Jordan

    January 26th, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Hi Rachel! Yes! An umbrella and a plastic bag is a totally greta life hack when you don’t have a storm jacket, but once you have one, you never go back! Good luck with your next wedding 🙂

  7. Chris Sosa

    September 30th, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Awesome! I just ordered one. Kinda hard to hold an umbrella and shoot at the same time. I read this a while back but its been really rainy lately I just want to be prepared. You ROCK!!!!

  8. Amy & Jordan

    October 1st, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    TOTALLY! Good luck with your hurricane this weekend! Praying for all of you!

  9. Nikki Trent

    October 2nd, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Just ordered two with one day shipping from Amazon. Ready to rock Hurricane Jauquin! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

  10. Amy & Jordan

    October 5th, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hi Nikki! Awesome! I hope they helped you this weekend!

  11. Alisha

    October 24th, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    This is SO helpful! I literally have read ALL of your posts today and from the books, to ring shots and now shooting in the rain – it’s amazing. You two are so amazing! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Question: Where did you get that bag in your picture above? Is that for your lenses? Thanks so much!

  12. Amy & Jordan

    October 27th, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Hi Alisha! Aw! You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂 We actually don’t shoot with the ShootSac anymore. We shoot with Kelly Moore Bags now 🙂 I have a purse and Jordan has the Kelly Boy Bag. Hope that helps!

  13. Madalynn Lauria

    February 16th, 2018 at 8:33 am

    FYI for all those worried about rain on your wedding day, ClimaCell is a company that can offer minute by minute predictions up to 6 hours before you walk down the aisle.  Be prepared for exactly what will happen using our software and speak with our meteorologists.  Harvard/MIT grads found a way to turn cellular signals into the most accurate weather data in the world. For a consultation email me – Madalynn@climacell.co. Yes I am a sales person but I am posting on here because I feel the software can help event planners and event hosters to prepare for any weather event!! email me I’d love to hear your feedback!

  14. Madalynn

    February 16th, 2018 at 8:34 am

    FYI for all those worried about rain on your wedding day, ClimaCell is a company that can offer minute by minute predictions up to 6 hours before you walk down the aisle.  Be prepared for exactly what will happen using our software and speak with our meteorologists.  Harvard/MIT grads found a way to turn cellular signals into the most accurate weather data in the world. For a consultation email me – Madalynn@climacell.co. Yes I am a sales person but I am posting here because I feel this can help event planners and event hosters to prepare for any weather event!! email me I’d love to hear your feedback!

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