Hiking Miles in Thunderstorm for Rainy Engagement Session | Adventure Wedding Photographer
Magnolia + Ember is meant for couples who just go with the flow, even when that flow is pouring straight out of the sky. I do not put a lot of faith in the weather forecast since it is often known for being unpredictable. But since we had a dandy hike ahead of us to the waterfall destination, I decided to look at the weather app the day before the adventure engagement session because I knew a bad storm was rolling in. According to the forecast it was suppose to hold off until the evening, so we bumped the adventurous photo shoot up to 8:00 AM to avoid the rain. Obviously Mother Nature had other plans for us when we woke up to find the storm had arrived earlier than expected (see unpredictable!), but we said f&*k it and continued anyway.
Hiking two miles in a thunderstorm in 40° temperatures with all of my camera equipment in tow was not how I envisioned Cari and Nick’s engagement session in the Smoky Mountains. Although we were soaking wet the entire time, we all have zero regrets with the journey. These engagement photos are pure magic.
I’ve been asked many times how I managed to keep my camera dry for rainy engagement sessions like this one. Honestly the lack of giving a hoot if something gets wet along with the determination to get dope photos are key in stormy photo shoots. If I’m freaking out about the possibility of damage, I’m losing focus on all the emotions and everything happening in front of me. I know that isn’t the answer everyone was looking for though.
HOW TO KEEP CAMERA GEAR DRY IN THE RAIN
Most importantly, I have weatherproof Canon 5D Mark III camera bodies and all L-series lenses that make it less critical to worry in the rain because cameras will inevitably get wet, though I still take extra precautions. I use Holdfast MoneyMaker straps that hold two cameras so I can dual shoot without having to change lenses as often because keeping the inside of the gear dry is always a good idea. For added protection, I use plastic rainsleeves that easily slip around the camera and lens. I usually lay these out to dry for reuse, but they are recyclable [and cheap] if you’d rather toss them out. The last thing that keeps all my camera gear secure and protected is the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II Camera Bag. It has a built-in jacket for bad weather and is great for rugged adventures. An extra perk that’s non-weather related but an excellent feature for travelers, this backpack allows camera gear to only be accessed from the inside that sits against the spine. This means that no one can sneak it open to take anything out, and it allows the bag to stay attached to the body while changing out lenses and such.
After the session, I suggest not putting any lens caps back on or detaching the lenses right away. I lay everything out to totally dry before any parts are removed or covered. Once all camera equipment has completely dried, I wipe everything down with Zeiss lens cleaning wipes and all is good as new!