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3 Things to Consider About the Sun When Scheduling a Photoshoot

This is a question that I run into all too often: “When should we take our pictures?” Most of the time my clients look to me for advice on when to schedule their sessions. They want to make sure that they are going to get the most bang for their buck by doing their best to schedule their session during beautiful light. The problem is, most people don’t know what time of day is best! Here are 3 pieces of advice to consider when scheduling your session:

  1. For my particular style of photography, I usually recommend scheduling your session either two hours before sunset or two hours after sunrise. This timeframe is called “golden hour” and that’s one way to achieve that “glowy” look that everyone wants in their images. 
  2. During golden hour, the sun is much lower in the sky. Because of that, it will be hitting you at a much more flattering angle, allowing us to avoid strange shadows on your faces as well as any dark shadows that you may run into if we were shooting in the middle of the day. 
  3. The sun is more delicate at the ends of each day when you compare it to the harsh, mid-day sun. You won’t be as squinty-eyed, and we can focus more on YOU rather than avoiding the sun.

The final thing that I’d love to address today is shooting on cloudy days. So many times my clients want to reschedule their sessions simply because its cloudy outside. Honestly, I LOVE shooting on partly cloudy days! Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a big difference between cloudy days where the sun still peeks through and gray, gloomy overcast days. Clouds act as giant reflectors, so there’s no reason to be scared of them! 

Ready to schedule your portrait session with me? Email me at kelsie@kelsielynnphotography.org or fill out my contact form to get started!

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