Rain on your wedding day?

I’ve been thinking about rain this week, as two of my photo shoots had to be rescheduled due to the soggy weather. Personally, I like rainy days, and fortunately, engagement and portrait shoots can usually be postponed. But, you can’t postpone your wedding.

So, what should you do if it does rain on your wedding day? How can you still get nice photos?

Amazingly, none of the weddings I’ve shot this year have been totally rained out–but odds are, one wedding this year will be. However, that doesn’t mean your photos have to be a total wash out–no lame pun intended (actually, it was). The key is to plan ahead and to prepare yourself. Rain photos can be really fun.

First, take a look at the forecast (I know this is obvious). If it looks like even a hint of rain a week out from your wedding, purchase some large umbrellas for you and your wedding party. I recommend going with solid colors–white or black. Also, if you’re worried about getting your shoes wet, I would recommend buying some cheap flip flops–white, black, something simple.

As long as we don’t encounter a torrential downpour, we can get some neat photos outside in the rain. This, of course, depends on how much you want to risk getting a little wet. If you absolutely don’t want to risk any rain–then we won’t do any outside photos. We’ll find some nice spots inside your ceremony and reception locations. But, if you have an adventurous spirit, then I say bring on the rain!

These are from a bridal portrait shoot I did last summer. They were done post wedding, so the bride wasn’t too worried about her dress getting wet when it started to rain.

I heart Google

It’s true. Google has so many great ideas and tools to help you do everything from managing your email to running your business.

But, one of their most useful tools is one that I’ve only recently begun using. That’s Google Reader. I know, I know. For some of you regular bloggers, this is nothing new. My dear Sister told me about Google Reader a while back, but I guess I had just forgotten about it until a month or so ago.

Basically, instead of just “bookmarking” the blogs that you like to read and having to check back periodically to see if there’s any updates, you “subscribe” to the blogs you want. Google then brings you all the updates from your subscribed blogs to one central location. No more having to check blogs mindlessly for updates.

Example (from my friend Heather’s blog):

So how do you get this great service? All you need is a Google account–just sign up for free at Google.com. Then you’ll see Reader is a service connected with your account. Hop on over to Reader and search for the blogs you want to read regularly. (ahem, Birchtree Photography):

My blog is the one with only 4(!!) subscribers. Now, I know there’s more than four people who read my blog regularly (the stats tell me so). So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for Google Reader and subscribe to my blog. And thanks for reading!

martha - I’m one of your four. :-)

Renee and John’s Engagement Shoot at Observatory Hill

On Wednesday I wound my way up to Observatory Hill, where I met up with Renee and John for their engagement photos. This was a fantastic location for pictures, and the weather was perfect.

I loved getting to hang out with Renee and John, chatting about how they met, how he proposed, and somewhere in between Renee’s broken right foot. Which, I could relate to, as I broke my right foot a few years ago (and in a round about way is how my husband and I got together). But back to Renee and John–they both have such charming good looks and interact so well together that it was impossible not to get some great shots (and no, I don’t think they look corny at all, Renee!). I had a hard time picking my favorites, but here are a few. I’m looking forward to their wedding in October. Enjoy the Memorial day weekend everyone!

No lie, this was their first shot–pretty good I’d say.

Renee and John were brave enough to climb up on part of the building:

I love the blue and orange color contrast here:

Now for the tricky part.