How to Prepare for Your Cloudy Photography Session
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!
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.
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
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. 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.
Shoes & Socks – Consider tall socks 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.
All About Hair
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.
Whether we end up with cloudy skies or golden evening sun, your photography session will be amazing.