Featured: What exactly is our “Wet Weather Kit”?
Hi Everyone, With the wild weather we have had lately and following on from Tanya and Simon’s Wedding last Saturday, and this photograph we put on Facebook before we headed out, I thought I would explain what exactly is in our Wet Weather kit that you can see below 🙂
Pretty self explanatory really – We use ours to keep the worst of the rain off the bride and Groom, sadly not us. We have chosen 2 brollies one brightly coloured one and one clear, just for the variety in the photographs. remember you can pick up cheap brollies in poundland and pound world they are not the strongest but chances are you are only going to use them once so its doesn’t matter 🙂
the Han-bag is as you might have guessed from its name, is my bag. It usually has all the things that I need to carry during the Bride and Groom photographs in it. On Wet days it has in addition to its usual stuff, 2 towels and sometimes the picnic blanket too! I use these for drying seats and benches and also for spreading out on walls and grass so the couple can sit on them. It also has Super Light in it. Super what?? Super Light! which is a small LED light which we use all the time whenever we need some extra light in a shot. I will often be found holding up Super Light at weddings.
the Ladder one of the most useful bits of kit for the lightly vertically challenged types like graham and myself under normal circumstances. On wet days it’s used to get Group shots when there isn’t anywhere to get height on the group, which is more often the case when the weather is poor and you are likely to be indoors.
The Go pro bag
The Camera bag that we use is a Go-Pro rucksack style bag, if you would like to know what is inside the bag please head on over to this post, from back last year in which Graham explained all of the Kit in the bag. The most important things in the bag for wet days are the spare lenses and the back up, back up camera. but what are they for I hear you say? Well, in case any water or more common condensation gets into the standard use kit. having back ups to hand means we can quickly swap things out and carry on shooting.
The Go Pro bag comes with a handy build in rain cover which tucks into the bottom of the bad and is elasticated so pulls up and covers the entire bag Genius!
These are for me and for Graham, they are mostly used when we are waiting for the bride to arrive at the church and then again during the bride and groom photographs. We both decided to invest in these coats and have high end regatta jackets. I spend a lot of time standing out in the rain at weddings holding lights, brollies and towels there is no way I could hold a brolly over me too, so the next best thing is a good quality rain coat and I can tell you its worth every single penny spent on it!
This is the real surprise for most people.. nope its not for drying hair, remember above where I said about water and condensation getting into Lenses and Cameras? Well this little gem is for drying them out. We have a car adapter for it too. Graham has been known to be drying out lenses as we had off to the reception venue.
Tripod and Monopod.
These are also used to add extra height during the group shot along with the Ladder and remote shutter release cable (also explained in the what’s in the bag section of the above post) I am also often to be found with Super Light on the tripod during the first dance.
So don’t worry, even if you don’t get the best of weather on your day then we have all the kit available to make sure you still get the best photographs 🙂
Graham Crichton is an award winning professional wedding & portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 10 years of experience and having photographed hundreds of weddings he has photographed weddings all over Ireland, the UK and abroad.
Hannah Crichton is the principal photographic assistant, blogger and studio manager (and other half of Graham Crichton Photography). Hannah and Graham recently married themselves in Ynysybwl, Wales, where Hannah is originally from. Hannah loves “everything wedding"!
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