Chasing the Sun – Best Time for Family Photography

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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.

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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. best family photographer best family photographer seattle

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, Loved

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