I’ve Booked an Outdoor Photo Shoot. But What if it Rains?

Top Surrey Family Photographer | Clare Murthy Photography

If you’re planning a family photo shoot, and would like to have it outdoors one of the questions you may well have is “what do we do if it rains?”

After all the energy you’ve put into choosing a photographer, choosing a location and planning everyone’s outfits, the last thing you want to happen is to get caught in the rain in the middle of your shoot.

So what does happen if it rains on the day of your shoot?

You’ll probably find that every photographer has their own policy about how they handle this situation, and so it’s a question I recommend you ask your photographer before you book your shoot.

In this article I’ll explain how I work with my clients when the weather is so bad we can’t go ahead with their shoot.

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What Happens if It’s Forecast To Rain On The Day Of Our Photo Shoot?

In the run up to your shoot I’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast, and I expect you might too! Regardless of what the forecast says, I always recommend that we don’t make any decisions until the evening before your shoot. The reason for this is that I find the forecast can change frequently over the course of a week, and a day that is forecast to be rainy in a week’s time, can often be forecast to be a lovely dry, sunny day once we reach the day before.

If the weather is so bad that we can’t go ahead, the next steps will depend on whether you’ve chosen to book a mini session or a signature session:

  • If you’ve booked a mini session, we will already have a backup date in the diary – usually the following day. So if the weather means that we can’t go ahead we’ll simply reschedule to the same time on the backup date.
  • For signature sessions, if it looks like it’s only going to rain for a short while and we both have flexibility in our diaries we could move the shoot to slightly earlier or later in the day. If that’s not possible we’ll reschedule to a new date free of charge.

Whatever you decide, we’ll work together and make sure that the solution is something you feel happy with.

Cobham, Surrey Family Photographer | Clare Murthy

Over To You

I hope that this article has helped to explain what happens if you’ve booked an outdoor photo shoot with me and the weather means that we can’t go ahead.

You can find out more about booking an outdoor family photo shoot with me here.

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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