Wedding Photo Under The Rain

Bad weather can be a blessing for a wedding portrait. This couple can tell you how it feels. Here’s the story.

 This is the first out of two versions of the same picture. This one has perhaps a more surrealistic feeling, as we can't see the eyes of neither one.

This is the first out of two versions of the same picture. This one has perhaps a more surrealistic feeling, as we can't see the eyes of neither one.

We had an amazingly hot and dry season for more than a month in Finland. But the night before they would be pronounced husband and wife there was a storm. The old, wooden barn where I had planned to take the photos was destroyed so I took a walk around. And there was it, a small dock for boats on a lake beach. The mist was wonderful, it made it seems like a fantasy landscape.

But it was raining, the cold wind was blowing!!!!
Uh, oh…

Well, I started to set up. I had to take away two orange plastic canoes. They were too plasticky, too shiny orange… I only let a traditional wooden one be there. The good one :) But I had to empty out the water, though. So, I turned it around to take away the water as much as I could. It was raining, anyways. I set a flash light with an umbrella to give a soft light to them in that dark, rainy landscape. The wind was blowing on the umbrella, but I put a weigh to keep it on the floor.

I tested the light while the groom and the bride were waiting under cover at an outdoor Finnish sauna. When I was ready they came, got into position and… oh no, the light on the sky had changed. I had to tune the camera and the flash again. Luckily, we all had umbrellas and a little bit of patience.

Once I got it ready again it was all: stay there, do this, don’t move, photo, photo, photo and… let’s run for shelter! :D

And here’s the result. A fairy tale wedding photo. We wouldn’t have made it without bad weather. I hope the groom’s shoes are dry again now :)

Congratulations guys!