One thing that can get overlooked during wedding and event planning is making a Plan B, specifically regarding photography. As mentioned in the post My favorite Venues to photograph (and why), Part I, many pro photographers would agree that the only part of the day we need “control” over light and surroundings is during the posed and group photos of you and your loved ones. In the North East, the best weather prediction is that it may suddenly change! And especially now that we have entered the Spring Season (ahem, with snow today here in New England), it’s important that you and your photographer do not solely rely on the best conditions to execute important photos. If you make a Plan B that is just as solid as your Plan A, it will relieve a lot of potential stress the day of. This freedom to plan ahead is one of the benefits from doing a Site Check together.
Keep things in perspective: as mentioned in the post Let it Rain!, I really do believe that when one door closes, another one opens, and sometimes we are fortunate enough for an even better opportunity than originally anticipated. It’s important to remember that down the road, what will truly matter to you when looking through your photos is simply reminiscing about these memories with your loved ones; and it won’t matter to you that it was taken indoors because of rain instead of outside on the beach as originally planned. What will resonate is remembering how you felt at the time the picture was taken. This I can promise you.
All of this said, why let some rain or cold stop you from having fun outside? I suggest keeping you and your family warm, dry and cozy (or cool if the reason for shooting indoors is because of intolerable heat) during the family & wedding party photos. But when it comes to photos of just you two together, I suggest taking the “must have” photos first, under shelter, while you look and feel nice. And then later, perhaps after the formalities, have fun together braving the elements! This is what umbrellas, boots and warm scarves are for (or in this case, your leather jackets)!
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Peace, Love & Happy Planning,