A common question that I get right before someone books a session with me is, “What’s the best time of day for photos?”
As a photographer, I try to be consistent in my editing. I edit each session the same unless you ask for a little more or give me total creative freedom to be an artist.
(Which I love by the way!)
However, there’s one thing that sometimes really can’t be helped with a look of a photo and that’s the TIME of the day the photo session is captured.
Some photographers only shoot for a very specific hour of the day and that’s it. They may limit themselves to one session per day based on that same golden hour time slot. You have probably heard of golden hour and we’ll go over that more.
I don’t photograph only one time of the day. Why? Because number one, I want to stay affordable. And I can’t financially live on doing just one session a day. I am a full time photographer. This is my full time income. And I don’t just want to photograph at golden hour if your kids are better at a certain time in the morning. So I want to make the time work for your family as well.
But I did want to make a post explaining the difference of light and what you may see sometimes in my work that may appear a little different besides the editing.
Golden hour is a period very shortly after sunrise and shortly before sunset. Photographers love this time of day.
Golden hour is known as the golden hour because the light is less harsh during the sun setting or the sun rising than during the middle of the day. This is because the sun’s rays have further to travel when they are low on the horizon. Because they have more atmosphere to penetrate to get to you (the subject), the light is less intense and is more easily offset by the indirect light that will also hit you. This makes it easier to balance and also looks more flattering.
It also can pose challenges because the lighting changes so quickly during this time. For example, if we are right up against a mountain – that sun may go over the mountain quicker and all of a sudden giving us less golden sunlight and giving us more of the blue hour. I’ll refer to that below as well.
The golden hour time is the hour right after sunrise or the hour right before sunset. These are not necessarily sunset photos. While we may get the sun setting, we may not get those real sunset clouds in the sky. So please make sure to understand, there is a difference in golden hour and sunset photos. In booking a full hour time slot, we may be able to achieve a little of both if you have booked my very last full hour session of the day. As I am photographing all the way until sunset. If you do not want the sunset look at all after the sun goes down, you will want to book within the first 9o minutes before sunset, that way you are getting the full golden hour look.
Below are examples of my work taken at Golden Hour. Also, notice the direction of the sun. Usually with golden hour, you get the golden sun hitting your hair just a bit as it’s about to go down over the horizon. This is of course, if you are out in the open and not hidden within trees.