Craig McNeil
May 17, 2021

Colorado weather can be unpredictable. Forecasts for the week often change and it is challenging to want to keep photoshoot appointments on the calendar. I looked at the weather yesterday, and the next 6 days have rain in the forecast. Does that mean we should postpone our shoot? Absolutely not! 

Rain in Colorado comes in spurts and more often than not, clears up for an hour or two in the evening lending perfect conditions for your family portrait. The rain soaks everything giving the trees, grass and flowers a more rich color. When the rain breaks, it leaves behind some big, moody clouds with lots of colors and definition. And the smell of rain can’t help but put a big smile on peoples face.

A perfect example is the Atkins family.  On picture day, the moody clouds lingered overhead, with occasional intermittent showers forecast.  It sprinkled on and off throughout the morning, with no sign of letting up. After speaking with Chris & Jennifer we decided to go ahead and make the drive from Denver to Ute Pass outside of Silverthorne, Colorado where the rain was still pouring down according to our weather app. As we all met at our designated pull off, the rain ceased for about 20 minutes. 

We scrambled to set up lights, fix hair, grab the camera and off we went! The two girls were were good sports and joined in the fun and made the family portraits a breeze! We didn’t have to cut any corners and were able to photograph everyone seated and standing, mom with the girls, dad with the girls, mom and dad together and the girls together and had a blast doing it!  But as quickly as it stopped, the rain came back in full force along with thunder and lighting.  We raced around packing the car with the camera gear and all piled in their mini-van to escape the deluge.  To help celebrate the event, a bottle of wine magically appeared from the back seat as we toasted our success with a glass of Pinot Grigio.  

Craig McNeil

About the author

Craig McNeil is a professional photographer in Denver, Colorado specializing in outdoor family portraits.

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