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What if it might rain on your wedding day?

You may or may not have taken into consideration while planning your wedding. What if it might rain? As a Tasmanian wedding photographer It does happen, but it doesn’t mean your day has to be ruined. Having a rain action plan in place can take the pressure off of something that is completely out of your control and use the rain to your advantage. Should the rain appear, take a deep breath and embrace the positives a rainy day can bring. Here are some tips so you can make your rain-day action plan now.

  • Congratulations! You’re getting the best light a bride could ask for.  Just about every photographer will be wishing for some cloud cover on your wedding day. It's consistent, soft, colours are beautiful, no shadows or squinty eyes. So rest assured you have the perfect light for the most gorgeous wedding shots.

  • Have the appropriate gear and have fun with it. I always bring a clear umbrella in the back of my car to every wedding. I also encourage you to invest in enough umbrellas for you and your wedding party, if you're worried about the rain. Clear umbrellas are a great choice because you won’t get weird colour cast or shadows on your face. Your photographer will love you for that. I mean those clear umbrellas are so cute. Whats even cuter would be some fun colourful gumboots in your wedding colours for your bridal party. Now that’s a photo I’d like to take. Be prepared your wedding dress is going to get messy. Also think about handing out umbrellas or blankets to your guests. You can get creative here too and decided if you want to incorporate your wedding colours.

  • If it looks like rain think about wearing your hair up. Updos work better in the rain, they stay in place and you don’t have to worry about your curls falling flat.

  • Discuss with your makeup artist ways your makeup can stand up to the weather. Water proof mascara for one.

  • Check with your venue to see what they can do if you’ve planned an outdoor ceremony or reception. Some venues can easily move everything inside. If you're doing more of DIY wedding consider renting a tent.

  • Sometimes being prepared to adjust your wedding day timeline can be a blessing. Just by moving your portrait session to a later time when there is a break in the weather. Half an hour can mean the difference between a downpour and cloudy skies with the sun popping through. Have an idea for your portrait session to be taken inside until you wait for the skies too clear.

  • Sometimes the weather is just miserable all day. If it's not possible to get any beautiful portraits inside anywhere. Go enjoy your time with your guests and discuss with your photographer to take pictures another day. I know I would be happy to do this.

  • I know you’ve heard the saying before. Its good luck if it rains on your wedding day. In some cultures this is true.

So it might rain on your wedding day but that doesn’t have to mean everything will be ruined. Embrace it! Don’t let the details you can’t control ruin your special day. You only get married once so take steps to make it the best day of your life, rain or no rain!

Here are a few pictures from a wedding I did recently and guess what? It rained. Adelle and Dean had their wedding at Entally Estate. I feel this venue has some great options if it rains on your wedding day.

Self-portraits of motherhood challenge- Launceston photographer

It’s mothers day soon. Let’s celebrate with a photo challenge, self-portraits of motherhood. I want you to stop making excuses and include more of you in your family photos.  Let go of the dream of the perfect moment when your hair’s done, make ups on or you’re in yourfavourite out fit. Seize the moment, however imperfect it is, and get in that shot!

It’s so easy to do these days with your cell phones. For me because I’m the photographer in  the family, I often miss out on being in any family pictures. But it’s important to let your children know that you are part of the action, that you where there too.  You don't want them to look back at photos and your children ask, wheres mum? This is your story, after all—it’s important that you step into the frame. Your pictures don't have to be perfect, it doesn't matter if they are a little out of focus, or you don't have the perfect lighting. Imperfections and all, these photos are still precious no matter what they look like.

It’s going to take time to get into regular practice of handing over the camera, especially if you’re not used to hopping in front of it. You might be uncomfortable to start with, but making a conscious effort will be so worth it! Making a goal for yourself to get in more photos a week, month, or year, can make a huge difference.

Here are some tips for getting in the frame.

1.  If you're out and about, I wouldn't suggest investing in a tripod, because I will hardly if ever bring it with me. (I'm a little lazy like that.)  So if we ever want a family picture while out, I’ll set the timer and just rest my camera on a rock or the ground, whatever I can find stable enough. I then quickly run to my spot. But having a tripod for those pictures at home can come in handy.

2.  Get creative with your selfie. You don't always need to include your face. Find ways you can include parts of you in the frame. Like holding your children's hand’s, maybe all your feet on the sandy beach. Or your child hugging your leg.

3.  Get your children to take turns with the camera. My kids love this. They can even take charge and tell you where they want you to stand and how to pose.

Make sure you Keep It Fun – I am always looking for fun ways to take photos ofmy kids. Because when taking photos with fun experiences, they’re so much more willing to cooperate when I want to take their picture.

Stuck on what photos to take with your kids?

Then I’ve got you covered!

Taking these photos is really a gift to your children. You’re giving them a chance to see how much you love them and that they will always have a place where they belong.

Place your emailing address below and I'll send you my printable 52 self-portraits of motherhood checklist. It’s filled with fun photo ideas. It’s going to help you get in more photos with your children and make beautiful memories. There’s one for every week of the year if you want to join in on the challenge.

Let’s make no more excuses!! Just opportunities for more fun family time.

You might also be interested in my seven proven photography tricks to make you a better mumographer. I'd love for you to join my seven day photo challenge, it's going to loads of fun. Check it out here.