There’s an old saying in Colorado, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.”
The unusually wet summer we had was a challenge for outdoor portrait photography, but it also had its benefits. The challenge, of course, was the rain. During a senior photoshoot with Rieli at Stern Park in Littleton, Colorado, we had to dodge the raindrops, and even take cover at a picnic shelter for about 15 minutes. The benefit though, was the light cloud cover served as a natural diffuser that helped balance out the light and eliminate facial shadows, or ‘raccoon eyes’, as we call it in the photo biz.
Liam’s senior shoot was much easier. The clouds started rolling in just before we started, but the rain didn’t come until we finished. Perfect!
Emily was a ‘natural’ in front to the camera when we did her senior portraits at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. The shoot began a little earlier than I would have liked – about 2:00 in the afternoon when the sun is typically its brightest, but we could see clouds coming in from the west. The solution was to shoot in the open shade areas, using a light diffuser when needed. When the clouds came, we finished the day in more open areas.
All in all, the summer monsoon presented very few problems during most of my photoshoots, just a little more patience and time was all it took. Now I'm looking forward to taking fall portraits and all of the great colors Colorado offers this time of year!