“We’ve had a very wet year here in Pennsylvania. My clients keep cancelling our scheduled shoots on rainy days. I understand why they want nice exterior shots but I really like shooting on rainy days, as I find my interior shots look way better, with no harsh shadows and brutal hot-spots. Should I be insisting that we shoot on a rainy day?”
Thanks for the question, Jason. I agree that shooting on a rainy day is great. The clouds act like a giant shoot-through umbrella that not only allows for a nice, soft light for our interior shots. In regard to your specific question though, I know many shooters who simply tell their agents that the photoshoot is going to move forward because it’s simply too hard to reschedule.
If the agent still wants sunny day exterior shots, then many of these shooters will try to stop by the house on their way to/from another shoot (if possible)... but... they make the agent aware that it’s his/her responsibility to monitor the weather forecast, make sure that homeowners are okay with the photographer dropping by, and then reach out to the photographer to see if they're available to take the exterior shots.
I’m also aware of a small but seemingly increasing number of real estate photographers who, as part of outsourcing their post-production, work out a deal with the retouching company to incorporate sky replacements for all exteriors shots and window pulls. As a matter of fact, I recently wrote an article about this, so give it a look.
So, what advice can you share with Jason about managing rainy days with your clientele?