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        How to Prepare for Your Cloudy Photography Session in Portland Oregon

        So it’s the night before our photography session and the weather calls for major clouds (it’s Portland, it’s bound to happen, right??), maybe a few rain drizzles. But it’s okay because I’ve got you covered with some awesome tips on how to dress and prepare for the Oregon weather so everything goes smoothly!

        Sisters hugging on a cloudy day during photo session at peony flower garden

        I’ve looked it up and we are one of the top 5 cloudiest states in the US, with an average of 222 days of heavy clouds per year. That’s crazy but also super believable.

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        While it does make me appreciate the sun so much when it comes out, I’m not against a cloudy day session at all. I did choose to move away from Southern California for a reason and half that reason was the weather! When it’s cloudy, just embrace it. There are lots of reasons why a cloudy or overcast day will look amazing!

        • Interesting skies
        • A more moody feel to the images
        • A very authentically Portland photo shoot
        • Soft lighting

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        What to Wear

        Colors – Wearing some bolder colors on cloudy days adds a needed pop of color to your photos. I’ve had families wear all neutral colors and I’ve had families add some color in with some neutrals and the color looks much better, in my opinion (unless your scenery is full of color, like a flower garden). You can also bring flowers to add some color into your photos. Avoid black as it makes everything feel dull, and definitely stay away from neon or anything TOO bright, as it will cast colors onto skin.

        Dress Appropriately – Sometimes clouds don’t always equal cold weather, but for the most part it does. We don’t want the kids feeling cold, we want them happy and ready to play! So make sure everyone has layers. If the girls are wearing dresses, make them maxi dresses and add leggings or tights under. Knit cardigans or open sweaters look amazing with dresses and add texture. Have boys wear long pants, long sleeves, and/or sweaters.

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        Shoes & Socks – Consider tall socks for the boys to help keep ankles warm. If it’s going to be soggy outside, rain boots can look super cute and maybe we can splash in some puddles at the end! If it’s going to be cold, try not to dress anyone in sandals, as that’s just a recipe for complaining. 😉 Always avoid athletic shoes because they just don’t look good in photos.

        little girl holding flowers on a cloudy day

        Photography Hair Tips for Cloudy Days

        Frizz – When it’s cloudy, there is usually a lot of moisture in the air, and that may lead to hair that is frizzier than normal. You can try putting a small amount of argan oil on your hair after you shower. Or some other anti-frizz product.

        Hairstyles – I love it when hair is down and loosely curled for photography sessions, so if that works for the women and girls, then I always recommend that style. And if it ends up windy, it will look glorious blowing around, I promise! Just try not to have any styles that are tight or slicked back. I’m all about loose, free-flowing hair.

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        mom and daughter on cloudy day in the gorge

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        Whether we end up with cloudy skies or golden evening sun, your photography session on Portland, Oregon will be amazing because you will be there having fun with your family!

        If you’re interested in booking a session with me, you can head on over to my pricing page, or message me directly. Hope to hear from you and create some happy memories!

        2 COMMENTS

        Such great tips. I’ll definitely keep these in mind when faced with a cloudy day. We just have to embrace the situation that is presented to us. 😊

        Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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