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Rain Sessions

As a photographer, I always look for new and creative ways to add mood and atmosphere to my images. And one element that never fails to do just that is rain. With a rain machine, I now have the ability to bring the beauty of rain to any photo shoot, no matter the weather conditions. So, let me share with you some tips on how to create a successful rain machine photo shoot.

Finding the perfect location is key to any photo shoot, and that’s especially true when using a rain machine. I like to scout out urban settings like city streets or parks, as well as natural settings like forests, beaches, or mountains. The location should have enough space for the rain machine, the model, myself, and any other equipment, and should have the right backdrop and lighting to complement the rain. My particular rain machine resides in my personal driveway safe from potential hazards and offers greater flexibility and control (not to mention heat).

When it comes to the rain machine, it’s important to choose the right one for the job. Handheld rain machines are great for smaller shoots, but for larger shoots, a larger machine with greater capacity may be needed. Once the location and machine are selected, it’s time to get ready for the shoot. It’s time to bring along all equipment, including lights, stands, reflectors, and backup batteries, and don’t forget rain gear for both the model and myself.

For the model, it’s important to choose waterproof clothing and accessories to protect their hair, makeup, and clothing from the rain. Men should consider wearing a raincoat or hat, while women may want a waterproof jacket or umbrella. Before I start the rain machine, I like to test the settings to ensure the rain is falling at the right speed and intensity. I may also experiment with different lighting conditions, such as natural or artificial light.

When the rain machine is ready and the model is dressed appropriately, it’s time to start shooting. I encourage the model to move around, dance, or interact with the rain, creating dynamic and engaging images. I play with different camera angles and perspectives, and even the shutter speed, to capture the rain in various ways. For example, a slow shutter speed can create a dreamy, blurred effect, while a fast shutter speed freezes the rain in mid-air.

In conclusion, a rain machine photo shoot can be a fun and exciting experience for all involved. By following these tips, I’m confident you’ll create beautiful, captivating images that showcase the magic and beauty of rain. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, a rain machine photo shoot is a must-try!

Why should I try a photoshoot in a rain machine?

There are several reasons why you might want to consider being photographed in a rain machine. Whether you’re looking for a unique and creative way to showcase your personal style, or simply want to capture the beauty and magic of rain, a rain machine photo shoot is a great way to achieve your goals.

First, rain machine photo shoots offer a creative and unique way to showcase your personal style. The rain adds a new level of mood and atmosphere to the images, and provides a stunning backdrop for you to showcase your fashion, makeup, and hair. The images you create will stand out from the crowd and be truly one-of-a-kind, showcasing your unique style and personality.

Second, rain machine photo shoots allow you to capture the beauty and magic of rain. Rain has long been associated with renewal, growth, and rejuvenation, making it the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot. Whether you’re looking for a romantic, dreamy image or a bold and powerful image, the rain machine provides you with the perfect setting to create a truly stunning image.

Third, rain machine photo shoots can also be a fun and exciting experience. Working with a professional photographer and a rain machine is a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. The rain provides a new and dynamic backdrop, making it easier to create engaging and dynamic images that showcase your energy and personality.

Finally, rain machine photo shoots are also a great way to capture memories. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone, documenting a special event, or simply looking to capture a moment in time, a rain machine photo shoot will create images that you’ll treasure for years to come. These images will serve as a lasting reminder of the special moment and the memories you created during the shoot.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a creative, unique, and memorable way to capture memories or showcase your personal style, a rain machine photo shoot is an excellent choice. With the beauty and magic of rain as the backdrop, you’re sure to create stunning, one-of-a-kind images that you’ll treasure for years to come. So why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new, and schedule a rain machine photo shoot today!


These sessions don’t happen very often, generally even less often than powder sessions due to the setup involved. The rain machine is typically built around the Fourth of July and generally broken down by mid-August. Session fees are just $175 per 15-minute time slot with approximately 5-7 edited images included. All images from the session are available within 72-hours and edits are provided shortly after.

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