Sometimes it can be quite disheartening to look out of the window and see grey skies and rain drops on the window, especially if you’re one of those people who (like me) fawns over portraits taken on beautiful sandy beaches in Southern California or stunning landscapes taken on clear starry nights. The thing is, it would be lovely to have constantly great weather but where is the diversity in that? Also, who decides which weather type is the best anyhow?
Fact is, despite loving those Californian portraits in the afternoon sun, I still love to shoot in every other weather and it’s not until I get out there and shoot in it that I realise how creative I can get when faced with the elements.
Here is what I love about shooting in each kind of weather, come rain or shine;
1 – Wind
You may dislike the wind because it blows your hair everywhere or because it makes your eyes watery, but that’s exactly why I love it. You can get some really creative portraits on a very windy day. It’s natural and beautiful, and did I mention I love it?
2 – Overcast
You may not get the most interesting lighting but at least it’s even. I often pray for an overcast day, especially if I’m shooting midday when usually the sun would be at it’s harshest. No crazy shadows everywhere, just a lovely soft light.
Not to mention it can make bright colours really stand out.
3 – Gloomy and Cloudy
You might say “Dismal”, well I say “DRAMA!!!”. Gotta love photographing on cloudy days.
4 – Snow
Snow is absolutely one of my favourite, most magical, most inconvenient of all weathers. If you can get your car out of the drive and get your bum to a photoshoot, you absolutely MUST have your picture taken in the snow.
5 – Rain
Anybody that knows me extremely well, knows that in the summer when it rains really heavy, I’m that person running around with my arms wide open enjoying every last minute of getting soaked. Rain is also my favourite sound.
Some of you might hate the rain. It ruins your hairdo, makes your clothes all soggy, kinda gets in the way of a good old picnic… but there is something so beautiful about the rain in photographs. If it rains during your shoot, embrace it with open arms or an umbrella if you’re really that scared of the stuff.
(Okay, so I realise that’s a Rhea bird from the zoo and not a person… but doesn’t it look pretty in the rain?)
6 – Sun
Well this one is obvious. Best times of day to shoot in the sun are very early morning or a couple of hours before the sun goes down. I love shooting with the sun behind my subjects, the hazy look makes me super happy.
What’s your favourite weather for photography?