The day started off rainy and uncertain but it seemed to have stopped and the sky looked to have cleared up a few hours before Blair and Andy’s scheduled Coney Island Engagement Session…so naturally we did not think to reschedule. A good hour long trip for both of us to Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island made us realize this area has a forecast of its own and when we arrived it was still raining. Luckily this only lasted only about the first 15 minutes of the session and gave Blair and Andy a good excuse to use an umbrella as a prop in some of their engagement session photos.
Personally I’m never afraid of shooting in the rain and I think it creates a very unique atmosphere that is much different than the majority of engagement sessions I photograph. The camera equipment I use is able to withstand even torrential downpours so as long as the couple I am working with is up for an adventure and comfortable I see it as a positive thing!
As is usually the case when the weather isn’t the best, the biggest benefit from a photography perspective is that we get these beautiful areas practically all to ourselves. Just look at how deserted the Coney Island boardwalk was!
Walking around the Coney Island boardwalk we got a ton of great shots. We used different backdrops along the boardwalk and then made our way over to the beach, Blair and Andy walked along the ocean shore as well as along and under the pier.
Overall we were all extremely happy with the results and the rainy weather was a really a blessing as we had beautiful even lighting (no squinting or harsh shadows under the chin like with harsh sunlight!) and we practically had the whole place to ourselves (yay no need to photoshop out people in the background!)
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