Any time I tell a client we may need to reschedule due to overcast weather, they almost always ask me, “But aren’t cloudy days best for photos?” The short answer is: it depends. It’s true that clouds serve as kind of a diffuser that makes the lighting really even, but it also keeps direct sunshine from coming through. If you look at my images, you’ll notice that most of them are bright and sunny looking, and they often have that kind of “golden hour” glow in them. It’s not possible to get images like that if it’s cloudy!
My goal with each shoot is to deliver images that match the style and quality you see in my portfolio, and to do that, I really need some sunlight! Now, if we absolutely can’t reschedule, don’t fret. We can still take some beautiful pictures on a cloudy day! Just know that the images will look a little different than what you see on my site. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It all just depends on what you’re wanting from your photo shoot.
Here’s some links to shoots I did on cloudy days that still turned out awesome!
The most important thing when taking pictures on a cloudy day is to make sure you hire a photographer who knows what they’re doing, and take their advice! But hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how clouds could affect your portrait session.