How to stop bad weather from ruining your engagement session

Every couple wants a beautiful day for their engagement photo session, but even the best photographer can’t guarantee wonderful weather. From rain to snow, depending on where you live, inclement weather can get in the way of your fun and keep you from getting the photos you want.

Engagement shoots are also usually planned months in advance so knowing whether the day you’ve chosen will be that freak weather day. So, what can you do when foul weather interrupts your engagement photoshoot plans?

As a photographer, I’ve run into my share of bad weather days, so wanted to share a few ideas with you on how to find the silver lining on any grey cloud Mother Nature chucks your way.


Nothing beats keeping things simple! If you’ve got your mind set on a location and the weather means there is no safe way to continue your session outside, talk to your photographer about rescheduling to a different day.

Though, if the weather leaves room for a change of plans, there are plenty of ways you can adapt…

Couple surrounded by flowers in park

Embrace the moment

Bad weather on your engagement session day can disappoint, but it doesn’t need to ruin the moment. Your photographer will have the expertise to work with darker lighting to create some moody but stunning images. The more you can relax and enjoy your time with your partner, the better your photos will turn out.

Reflection of couple in puddle kissing

Dress for the weather

Believe it or not, engagement photos in the rain or snow can be especially fun and adventurous. If a sudden snowstorm appears the night before your engagement session, dress up in your warmest coats and scarves and get some great photos cuddling in the snow. And if rain or drizzle threatens your day, grab your wellies and umbrellas and let’s go find some puddles!

There are plenty of ways to turn bad weather to your advantage, and your photographer can help you come up with some ideas you’ll love.

Couple wrapped up in the cold

Take portraits indoors

Photographs in the pouring rain, not high on your bucket list? Have an indoor session instead. You can visit some of your favourite places as a couple, like the coffee shop from your first date or a local museum you both enjoy. These images can help tell the story of your love and give you some truly unique photos to share with your friends and family.

Couple indoor hugging

Trust your photographer

Don’t forget, you’ve hired your photographer because of their skill and expertise. They have no doubt shot in all weather, so they can give you suggestions and help turn the dreariest weather into the loveliest photos. Let them guide you through your engagement photo session and use their talent and editing skills to create magic!

Couple kissing in park at sunset

Not sure about having an engagement shoot? Check out a few reasons why I think all couples should plan an engagement photography session. I can’t wait to chat with you about the ideas you have for yours.