Golden hour family photos are coveted by all, but not everyone understands why shooting at this time of day is so important. I’m here to help shed some light (hah, light… get it??).
What is golden hour, anyway? Golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which the sun is low on the horizon and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky, creating that signature warm dreamy glow. Basically, it’s magic light. The time that golden hour occurs varies based on the time of year. In summer, when the days are longest, golden hour can start as late as 8pm. As the days get shorter, the start time gets earlier. Even on days when it’s overcast, it’s still important to shoot close to these times, although it can be a bit earlier. The sun is still in the sky, and the light can still be harsh if the session is mid-day.
I get it, golden hour feels really late for your family and you’re wondering how you could possibly swing it with your little ones whose bedtime is 7:30pm. As a mama myself, I’ve been there. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it always works out. Really, it does! My sessions are fun, interactive, and I keep things moving. Getting that pretty light is worth adjusting your routine for a day, and since you are already investing in a professional photography session, you might as well go all the way.
Do you still need convincing? If not, let’s book your session! If so, I have a few tips on how to make it work for your family:
This session below happened in late August and the start time was 7pm. We started in an area of the location that had some taller trees to filter the sunlight as it was still pretty high. From there, we moved toward the open field where the session ended, and the sun was just starting to hit the horizon. Notice how the edges of their hair and skin is glowing, and their skin is warm and creamy. The background is creamy as well. If this same session took place in the middle of the day, there would be harsh shadows, squinting eyes, and unflattering skin tones. And nobody wants that!
If you’re ready to book your golden hour family photos, let’s connect!
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