What to do if it rains the day of your family photo shoot!

It's fall in Seattle.  I don't know about you, but I long for this time of year.  I finally get to wear sweaters and boots and eat comfort food.  The days are getting shorter but we have the most beautiful light and the foliage is so vibrant.  I really want to capture that in your fall family photos, but often we are unlucky with the weather, It's sunny all week but the weekend calls for rain!

Let's face it folks it can be rough living in the PNW.  October is totally hit and miss for rain.  Trust me I know, my twins birthday is smack dab in the middle of October, we always want a backyard party but we only succeed 3/4 of the time.  It can be a major worrying factor for your session as well, so what are we going to do if it rains?

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Be Flexible on Timing

I know we planned the shoot for 9:30 A.M. but the hour by hour forecast says the rain will clear up by 11:00.  We might have to reschedule the time in order to stay dry.  On the plus side, the sun stays so low in the fall, that there is no high noon (a time photographers usually avoid for photo shoots), and overcast weather = natures soft box.

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Be Flexible on Location  

Fall is my busiest season which can make rescheduling difficult.  I've made it my mission to find places we can shoot, and that includes indoors or partially covered with great light.  I even wrote a Blog Post about it!  There are many beautiful covered or glassed in locations where we can choose for your session.  We can discuss your options and find the best possible location for your family photos, or we can always move to a cozy home session.  Bring on the Hygge!

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Grin and Bear it

I actually don't mind a little drizzle.  It happens every year, that I end up doing a few shoots in the rain and even snow!  It can actually be fun!  I wear my Hunter Boots to all my shoots and I  bring clear, domed umbrellas in my car so I'm ready if it decides to start pouring on us.  We can always hide under a tree until the rain lets up.  

Whatever we decide to do, just know that it is my goal to make yours and every session Honest, Playful, and Inspired!