Anticipating bad weather means you can stop it ruining your shoot, or even incorporate it into your photos. Image by Sam Javanrouh.
Look for a location which has some sort of shelter nearby, such as a bridge, bandstand, or cafe. These can be life-savers during a quick shower, helping you keep yourself, your equipment, and your subject dry – particularly important if they’re paying!
If the weather gets really bad you may even be able to move your whole photoshoot under cover. With open-sided shelter you can often recompose to keep a natural background behind your subject, and as long as the lighting is good enough nobody will ever tell you weren’t fully outdoors.
CHOOSE SOMEWHERE QUIET
Crowded places, like cities or busy public parks, are among the worst locations for a portrait shoot. You’ll be constantly waiting for people to move out of frame and dealing with questions from passers-by, plus your subject will probably feel very self-conscious and struggle to relax.