I’m so excited to tell you guys today about one of the secrets to creamy, dreamy photos! It’s called golden hour. Believe it or not, the time of day you take your photos has a HUGE impact on how they turn out. Golden hour is the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. Taking photos within this time period provides the best lighting for photos.
Why is it so important to take photos during this time period? Taking pictures during this time period decreases harsh shadows and lighting and increases the light and creamy sun that comes through in so many beautiful photos. The light during golden hour is a photographer’s dream!
Trying to schedule photos during golden hour can often times be difficult for the client. In the winter, it starts about 4 PM, when people are still at work. In the summer months, it doesn’t start until about 7:30 or 8 PM. It can be hard for families to keep their kids happy so late in the day. So is it worth it to rearrange your schedules for a photo shoot? 100% yes!!!
If you are paying for a shoot, putting in time and effort to find the perfect outfits, and getting everyone ready, doesn’t it just seem like you would want the very best photos possible? I promise that it will be worth the effort.
What if taking photos during golden hour isn’t a possibility? Although golden hour is the best in terms of lighting, it is impossible for everyone to schedule their shoots during this time frame. If you are having this issue, I recommend scheduling your shoot as close to golden hour as possible, even if its 2-3 hours before sunset. The hardest time to get great photos is at high noon, when the sun is directly overhead. Try and avoid planning photo shoots in the middle of the day. You will always be happier with the end results if you wait until later in the evening!
If you have any questions about the best time to schedule a shoot, let me know! We will work it out and make sure to get you the very best photos possible!
Here are some beautiful pictures taken at golden hour. 💛