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Your mini-session day is fully booked, and you’re ready to go— but it’s raining! Even worse, the forecast is showing rain on your backup day, too. 

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered- literally and figuratively ! Here are a few creative options for shooting in the rain and for some indoor mini-session ideas you and your clients will love. 

Go Ahead and Shoot in the Rain!

A young female child with an umbrella

Sometimes, a little rain can make a mini-session even better. Gather a few props like clear umbrellas and rain boots. If you’re photographing children, you can get some cute puddle jumping shots too.

Of course, if it’s a major downpour complete with lightning, it’s best to take the photoshoot indoors. With a little creativity, you can still have a great day of indoor mini-sessions.

Fall Indoor Mini-Session Ideas

Happy family in a greenhouse

When your clients book an outdoor mini-session shoot, it’s helpful to not only present them with a backup date but also present them with an indoor backup option, just in case both days are rained out.

Ideally, you’ll show clients examples of the indoor option and the types of photos you would take there, when they book the outdoor mini-session. This way, you have a client-approved plan way ahead of time, just in case of rain.

Scout Around Your Neighborhood

Another idea, for advance planning,  is to scout around your neighborhood for photo-friendly locations. Build a list of indoor locations for minis ahead of time, so that you’re not frantically searching at the last minute.

Look for places with good lighting or the space to bring lighting of your own. (Worst case scenario, you can use an external flash.) Additionally, find places that don’t get excessive foot traffic that could interfere with your shoot.

Meet with local business owners to see if they’re willing to let you shoot mini-sessions in their locations. Asking over the phone is an option too, but a smiling, friendly face is more persuasive. Don’t skip this step—always get permission first. 

Here are 6 Ideas for Fun Mini-Sessions Around the Neighborhood:

  1. Coffee Shop Minis

Is there a cute coffee shop in your neighborhood? Ideally, choose a small local place with a warm and friendly aesthetic, something more unique than the average Starbucks. Could you run a hot chocolate mini-session there? 

  1. Garden Center Minis 

If you have a local garden center, try a greenhouse photoshoot. Capture an outdoor vibe without having to shoot in the rain.

  1. Candy Store Minis

Candy stores make a playful location for minis, especially if you’re photographing kids. Incorporate available props like lollipops and candy bars, or snap a few shots of the kids blowing bubblegum. You can also consider a colorful bakery or ice cream shop.

  1. Bookstore Minis

Bookstores and libraries are other potential locations for a mini-session. The abundance of books, shelves, and comfy seating gives you plenty of options for cool photos.

  1. Get Creative!

Even grocery stores, malls, hotel lobbies, and laundromats can make great places for a mini-session shoot. If you’re willing to pay an entrance fee and you have approval from the management, head to a local museum or aquarium. What unique options are available in your neighborhood?

Sometimes, your clients will enjoy a fresh, creative indoor mini-shoot even more than the outdoor session you originally planned.

  1. Rent Studio Space

If you don’t have any businesses you can use, try renting some space for a makeshift studio. Is there a local yoga or dance studio that’s closed on weekends? Does a friend or a family member have a large house or garage that you can use?  You can always tap into online options such as

What about your photographer friends? Do any of them have a studio they don’t use on weekends? Perhaps you can rent some studio space from them for a few hours.

Tip: Keep in mind that if the space isn’t photogenic, you’ll need a backdrop, backdrop stand, and lighting.

Two young kids in a christmas mini-session

Wrapping Up

Baby in a basket during a christmas mini session

If these ideas don’t work out for you, you can always reschedule. Your clients (should) understand that even the most talented photographer can’t control the weather.

However, you should do your best to prepare for when the weather throws a wrench in your plans. Purchase a few rainy-day props, scout the neighborhood, talk to business owners, and set up some fun, creative backup options for mini-sessions. Clients will love your preparation and out-of-the-box thinking!

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