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You've checked the weather forecast for your photoshoot, and your heart sinks; it's forecast for rain. Time to cancel, right?

Well, not necessarily! Shooting in the rain can produce powerful and alluring images. That forecast for rain could be the perfect opportunity for you to capture these atmospheric images and add them to your portfolio.  

Whilst shooting in the rain comes with the obvious challenge of preventing your camera gear from getting wet, there's also the challenge of successfully capturing the raindrops and the 'mood' in your images.

Catching fast-moving raindrops in your photos can be achieved by selecting a fast shutter speed (though if you'd prefer to keep the raining 'look' in your images, you can experiment with a longer shutter speed).

Shutterbug features a video by portrait photographer Anita Sadowska who has some great tips for shooting in the rain:

 

If you'd like to capture a rainy effect without the wet weather, check out photographer Raj K's Building And Shooting With A DIY Rain Machine

These beautiful images below are fabulous examples of shooting in the rain. These images were created by resourceful PurplePort members who embraced (or even searched for) the rainy weather in their photoshoots.

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Rain Train! by photographer Fletch


#2


Rain Outside My Front Door by photographer GassWorks Photography


#3


Every time it rains you're here in my head, like the sun coming out by model Sinopa Rin


#4


The rain is my tears and the thunder is my breaking heart by photographer Ian Stenson


#5


Change by model Nixe Phoria


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The rhythm of the rain by photographer I M A G E is E V E R Y T H I N G


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Image by model AmberJade


#8


Dancer in the rain by model PoppySeed Dancer


#9


Startled Harvest Mouse by photographer Richard Adams Studio 9


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Image by model Natasha J Bella


#11


Waiting in the rain by photographer Areteus


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"Wet Jumper" by photographer Bobg


#13


From burdened clouds of mournful grey by photographer TK300


#14


not singing in the rain by photographer Jon Downs


#15


Come play with me baby... by photographer DarrenM Photography


#16


The Money Will Roll Right In by photographer Darryl J Dennis


#17


Let It Pour.... by photographer Steve Flack Photography


#18


blue tit in rain by photographer E12


#19


Lindsey by photographer Mark James


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Rainy Window by photographer GavinPhoto


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Dedication by photographer Mise


#22


The Matrix (Re-born by photographer Photographer Gino Cinganelli


#23


"When you first walked in through the door, I knew it would end like this..." by photographer Areteus


#24


Urban Fairy-light Dreams by model Meena Helvetia


#25


Pane of Fears by photographer Fegs-Media


#26


Cleansing Waters by photographer Kelvin Brain - Mill-Lodge Brecon Beacons


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Rainy Days by model Ellis J. Wells


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Image by photographer Rob Simpson


#29


Rainswept by photographer Paul Askins


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The exhilaration of rain. by photographer Paul Archer Photography


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singing in the rain by photographer E12


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Image by photographer FocalPoint


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"The Ferry Woman" by model Evie Siddal


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Girl in the Rain by photographer Phil Holroyd Photography


#35


An Early Start by photographer Happychipmunk


#36


Rain.... What Rain.... by photographer Steve Flack Photography


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Lonely Promenade by photographer Zippy Seale


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Jemma by photographer Gabriel


#39


I'm a dream girl in a dream world by model MissC


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Image by model Harry May


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Deluge by photographer Keital


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English Summer Rain by model Annabella Stanyer


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Don't make me crying please ..... by model Kseniya


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Cleanse by model Freya


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Tears in the rain by model Jim Vincible


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U N T I T L E D by model Helen Stephens


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Wicked weasel by model ♥ Chiara Elisabetta


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Image by photographer Matt Point Zero


#49


A Touch of Rain by model Ashley Casey


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Sin City Pole by photographer Matt Point Zero


#51


Taste the Rainbow by model Sinopa Rin


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Strong by softness by photographer LightAndShape


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A walk in the rain by model ♥ Chiara Elisabetta


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Blue umbrella in the rain by photographer Jimmy Colombaio


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Red Rain Dancer by photographer Imagetech


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Rainy day on the train by model Teri Clark


#57


Couple photo shoot in Dorset by model Elena Simoncini


#58


"Rain is natures way of adding sparkle to a dark night" by photographer John Askey


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Rain dance by photographer Brian Lewicki


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Rhythm of the rain by photographer J Black Photographic


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The photo I built a make shift rain machine for. by photographer Raj K


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