I have been writing a lot of personal blogs lately and while very cathartic, it’s time to write about a topic that is so important to me: Family Photography.
The Family Photography inquiries I receive often include the question, “When is the best time for family photography?” As a mother, my answer is always any time but nap time. As a friend, my answer is any time that is convenient for you. But as a professional photographer, I wholeheartedly, stubbornly, emphatically, and unapologetically state, when the sun is out and within 2 hours before it sets. In a perfect world, all three of those answers align with your schedule.
The Best Time for Family Photography
Looking back at my photography over the years, I see a huge difference in my images when I insist on great weather. Here are some examples:
I will start with photography on our ever endless overcast days here in Seattle.
Yes, the images are beautiful! They are exactly what I hope to provide my clients with: moments that capture emotion and connection. If I accomplish that feeling, those moments, I feel like I did my job. As a mother, I would be thrilled to have these images.
Now let’s take a look at images that were taken during Golden Hour, that special time right before the sunsets.
There is an undeniable beauty, depth, and contrast in these images.
When I say let’s chase the sun, I really mean it. To me, it is worth its weight in gold to put off your photography session until we can get some stunning light! When do I want to take your Family Photography? When the images are going to blow your mind.
“I used to cover my windows in heavy curtains, never drawn. Now I danced in the sunlight on my hardwood floors.” ― Kimberly Novosel,
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