If there’s one thing that can make or break a photograph more than any other, it’s lighting. You might have an incredible background or stunning models, but without the right quality of light you can still be left with a flat, dull, and uninspiring photo. As a result, it’s important to find the right time of day to shoot in, and that is the “golden hour”, about a half an hour after the sun sets.
The golden hour, also called the “magic hour”, is right around the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset, although time does change between seasons. During these times the sun is low in the sky, giving us a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh middle of the day sun that so many photographers are used to shooting in.
This type of light gives us less contrast, reducing the chances of losing details of you in strong shadows or blown-out highlights. The warmth adds a nice feel to the picture, and the longer shadows help to hi light the details, adding depth to your picture. The half hour after the sun sets is the perfect time to get those “sunset” pictures a lot of my clients are after. Scheduling your session within the golden hour and into sunset time will allow me to give you some of those flattering and warm pictures as well as my signature sunset pictures.
Plus, there are usually less people around at dawn and dusk than there are at other times of the day, giving me a chance to capture your images with a little bit more privacy 🙂 .
This can apply to my wedding clients as well. Your pictures are the one thing that lasts beyond your special day so I strongly advise considering having your wedding portraits and family portraits within this timeframe.